DVD Bereavement

DVD Bereavement
DVD Bereavement
Run time: 103 min
Rating: 5.1
Genres: Crime | Horror | Thriller
Director: Stevan Mena
Writers: Stevan Mena
Stars: Michael Biehn, Alexandra Daddario, Brett Rickaby
Storyline
In 1989, the boy Martin Bristol has congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis (CIPA), a rare neural disorder, in which the patient does not feel pain, heat or cold. He is abducted by the deranged serial-killer Graham Sutter (Brett Rickaby) and brought to the Sutter Meat & Poultry, an abandoned meat-packing plant in Minersville, Pennsylvania, where Graham slaughters young women that he kidnaps. Five years later, the stubborn seventeen year-old teenager Allison Miller loses her parents and moves to the house of her uncle Jonathan Miller that is located near to the decrepit plant. Jonathan, his wife Karen and their little daughter Wendy welcome Allison, but the teenager does not give much attention to her new family. Allison likes to run alone on the road and she passes by the meat-packing plant and then she meets the mechanic William “Billy” and has a crush on him. Jonathan advises Allison to avoid running near the old factory and Billy, who is a problematic teenager. Allison … Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Plot Keywords: uncle, insensitivity to pain, scene after end credits, child murder, murder of family
Details:
Country: USA
Release Date: 16 July 2010 (USA)
Box Office
Budget: $3,600,000 (estimated)

4 Comments

  1. Bereavement is about some crazy guy who talks to cow skulls and kidnaps young girls to torture and kill.

    It's hard to like the girl, Allison, in the leading part cause her acting is so awful. That also applies for the crazy guy. The movie drags along and the scenes where the crazy guy talks to his skulls are boring and hollow.

    Reactions from captured girls, including Allison, are often implausible and annoying (hardly fighting back, making extreme loud noise while trying to escape, etc). On top of that Allison is telling a young girl to stay in her room while the house is on fire. Not the sharpest tool in the shed. The makers must also believe you can create a real scary scene by making girls scream their lungs out for quite a while. Well, it's not scary, it's annoying.

    Overall, lousy story, extreme bad acting, not scary and predictable. Makes me wonder who wrote all the reviews and high votes.

    1/10

  2. I saw 'Bereavement' at a late-night showing, after which the director was available for a Q&A. I really wish I had asked Mena the many questions I had about his film, but, honestly, by that time, I just wanted to get out of there and go home. Although the movie had some brilliant moments (great cinematography, terrific use of sound and very gory scenes) for the most part, it all-too-quickly slips into the realm of "We've seen this before." Examples: A lonely psychopath who lives in a slaughterhouse, a mute child, a big-breasted, small-brained heroine, an ending that involves a fire. Yup. It's all there. Oh, there's also a lot of bad acting and characters who do the most BRAINLESS, RIDICULOUS THINGS POSSIBLE! It's sad, really, because Mena is clearly a passionate, talented man who wore several hats while making 'Bereavement.' Maybe he should have saved some time to give the movie a real, hard, serious look.

  3. Did ANY of you prior reviewers realize this movie doesn't need an explanation because it IS an explanation? This movie is a prequel for the movie Malevolence. And a good one. The acting wasn't top billing actors (take a look at the budget), but it wasn't the worst I've seen by far. Not sure how anyone could say there's no plot. It won't replace my favorite horror movie, but I did enjoy it. Either watch Malevolence first, or watch it knowing what it is. I can see how confusing and open ended it would seem not knowing that, especially since, as far as I saw, IMDb didn't bother to mention it, either.

    This movie does a great job telling the background story of how Martin became the psychopath he was in Malevolence. There were still surprises along the way. It would be nice for it to be more obvious what this movie is, because it really is not a stand alone movie like some other prequels and sequels are.

  4. In 1989, the boy Martin Bristol (Spencer List) has congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis (CIPA), a rare neural disorder, in which the patient does not feel pain, heat or cold. He is abducted by the deranged serial-killer Graham Sutter (Brett Rickaby) and brought to the Sutter Meat & Poultry, an abandoned meat-packing plant in Minersville, Pennsylvania, where Graham slaughters young women that he kidnaps.

    Five years later, the stubborn seventeen year-old teenager Allison Miller (Alexandra Daddario) loses her parents and moves to the house of her uncle Jonathan Miller (Michael Biehn) that is located near to the decrepit plant. Jonathan, his wife Karen (Kathryn Meisle) and their little daughter Wendy (Peyton List) welcome Allison, but the teenager does not give much attention to her new family. Allison likes to run alone on the road and she passes by the meat-packing plant and then she meets the mechanic William "Billy" (Nolan Gerard Funk) and has a crush on him. Jonathan advises Allison to avoid running near the old factory and Billy, who is a problematic teenager. Allison does not listen to her uncle and brings tragedy to the Miller family.

    "Bereavement" is a bleak, brutal and gruesome slasher film with a brainless heroine by Stevan Mena. The storyline is cruel with children and most of the directors of horror movies avoid this approach to make the film more commercial. Allison is the key character, but she is too stupid to make the movie work. Her attitude toward her guardians is awkward for an orphan without resources. She is an athlete with big breasts that runs without brassiere, which is unusual. But he worst is to follow an unknown boy through the underground and gruesome basement of an abandoned building seeing jars with blood and weird chains (imagine the smell) without any fear of being raped or attacked by a stranger. Last but not the least, this unpleasant movie is recommended for very specific audiences only. My vote is six.

    Title (Brazil): Not Available

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