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Bereavement [Blu-ray] (2010)

Michael Biehn , Alexandra Daddario , Stevan Mena  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Biehn, Alexandra Daddario, John Savage
  • Directors: Stevan Mena
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2011
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0051ZIXNK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,078 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In 1989, a 6-year-old boy is lured into the vehicle of a stranger. The stranger is a serial killer with a tendency of butchering teenage girls. In the basement of a rural Pennsylvania slaughterhouse, he will teach the boy everything he knows. Five years later, teen Allison (Alexandra Daddario of Hall Pass) comes to live with her uncle (Michael Biehn of The Terminator) following her parents' death. In time, she will discover the boy and his madman mentor. And they will all be plunged into an unimaginable evil from which there may be no escape. Nolan Gerard Funk (Deadgirl), Brett Rickaby (The Crazies), Valentina de Angelis (''Gossip Girl'') and John Savage (The Deer Hunter) co-star in this graphic and acclaimed shocker from writer/director Stevan Mena about family, torment, and the nightmare absolution that is BEREAVEMENT.

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A True Gem For The Horror Genre November 13, 2011
If I could sum up this movie in one word, it would be "wow". I just finished watching "Bereavement" and I will rate this amongst my top horror movies of all time. From a filming aspect, I have to also agree with other reviewers that the cinematography is fantastic. I was impressed with that right from the start of the film. In terms of horror movies, this is a gem to the genre. I didn't see "Malevolence" so I didn't know what to expect in this prequel. Will there be any survivors? You'll have to watch to find out. The mark of a good horror film is to make the audience care about the characters so that you feel terror if their safety is threatened. This film succeeds with that. This film isn't just about blood and guts all over the floor so if you're getting this because you want some sadistic torture copycat like the "Saw" franchise, you'll be disappointed. Another reviewer wrote that they felt there wasn't enough background story to the serial killer. I disagree with that. The actor portraying the serial killer actually made me feel a little sorry for the character. He was clearly psychotic and out of his mind. He didn't seem to take joy from killing people. It was something he felt he "had" to do. We the audience don't learn about this man's own childhood or how he ended up committing these horrible murders. Its a mystery but that adds to the allure of the film. Another complaint someone had is why did this new girl Allison all of a sudden was the only person in town who found the missing boy in the abandoned rundown shack after 5 years? Thats not so far fetched. If you think about your own town, how many times do you drive past an old house or building and never even give it a second look? Allison was brand new and had a fresh pair of eyes as she looked around her new surroundings. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Horror Story with Some Heart to It. August 4, 2012
You come to care for Allison and her family because so much time is spent showing their lives and the way they relate to each other, so what happens leaves you hoping for a happy ending for them. Well, I'm not going to go into all that, so I'll tell you other reasons to see this movie.

Yes, the cinemetography is very good, but what is really the compelling thing about this film is the psycholgical gameplay that goes on between the killer and his young, unwilling appretice, Martin, whom he has snatched from his home. Whoever said we don't know anything about the killer's background is wrong. He doesn't enjoy the killing, which is obvious by his frenzied ravings to the bull's head that is obviously a stand-in for his father. We can deduct that his father had conditioned him until he cracked and now he's carrying on in his place. Since he is a loner, he has snatched the boy after studying him and discovering he cannot physically feel, speak, and maybe not even feel internally. But he must, because he tries to help a few girls escape and he is fearful of his mentor/tormentor. The dynamic between the two of them is compelling.

I liked the character Allison, especially when she takes compassion on Martin a few times and tries to help him. You can't help feeling sorry for him, especially since his mentor is trying to break him down like his own father apparently did. The process with which things take a turn for the worse is compelling to see, and a must if you like movies that involve that mindset.

True, this movie is disturbing and gory, so I must agree with another reviewer here by asking what sort of parents would let their children be involved in a movie like this? I wouldn't, but it's not my call. Other than that, Bereavement is a very well-done movie, and a must-see if you like pictures that also make you feel for the good guys as well as the predators. Warning, though; much like Eden Lake, it will haunt you for quite a while.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars WEIRD ENDING September 12, 2011
In rural Pennsylvania a psychopath (Brett Rickaby) kidnaps a young boy and cuts him. The boy has a medical condition where he does not feel pain, which the psycho mistakes for "no fear." In awe the psycho make Martin (Spencer List) his apprentice, picking up women that no one seems to know is missing.

Nearby, Allison (Alexandra Daddario) moves in with her uncle following the death of her parents. She jogs past the abandoned building where the psycho lives and she becomes curious...

The acting was about what you would expect for a "B" horror movie. There is stabbing and blood, but there lacks a certain horror aspect as we don't know most of the victims. I thought I had the movie figured out, but the ending came off as a surprise. The movie sets up for a sequel. Not the worst horror film out there, it just lacks character.

Language and brief corpse nudity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange movie but very good February 12, 2012
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I enjoyed this movie quite a bit. The lead characters, especially the one played by Alexandra Daddario, make some curiously poor decisions, but if you can look past that (like you must with most horror movies), you'll find the acting and cinematography to be top notch. I couldn't get my mind around the killer's motives but that may be because I haven't seen the first movie. This is a high quality blu-ray transfer. The excellent video quality makes watching the beautiful Daddario quite a treat. I can't comment on the sound since I don't have a home theater setup at the moment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars LIKE IT MORE SO THAN THE FIRST December 5, 2011
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{The state of being deprived of something or someone : the loss of a loved one by death.} That good people is a quick definition of the word that lays claim to the title of this film. Makes sense since this is a prequel to a film called "Malevolence", both by writer/director Steven Mena. Check out the definition of that word and it all makes sense, would be interesting to see what a third film in this series would be called. Of course the first film was an indie success for the filmmaker that garnered awards and such leading to an easy decision I am sure to do this film.

Graham Sutter is a sick man who preys upon women and savagely murders them, but the man is looking for a little help. In 1986 he goes on the hunt but this time it is not for women, it is for a little boy. Someone he can mentor and teach, someone who can help him with his own personal demons, he finds such a boy. Six year old Martin Bristol is the unlucky boy who just happens to be in the right place and time for the killer. It also just so happens that he suffers from a disease that allows him to feel no pain. Upon discovering this after the boy is lured into his truck while the boy's mother is inside with a potential sitter the man thinks it is a sign.

From this point on the boy is subject to all kinds of mental torture as he is forced to watch and sometimes help in the murder and disposal of this man's victims. Enter a young women named Allison who has moved to the town to live with her Uncle, Aunt, and cousin. Being a city girl things are not going exactly as she had hopped but finds comfort in meeting a boy her age. They begin to hang out to the Uncles non liking of course, in his mind the boy is no good.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Cerebral? No.
There were very interesting elements in the storyline so, in theory, this should have been a unique film. However, that storyline had confusing gaps. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Sasha
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great to work with
Published 2 months ago by nick
4.0 out of 5 stars Good shipping and Blu Ray quality
Good shipping and Blu Ray quality, but story is very serious (which I prefer to tongue-in-cheek horror), but way too many deaths!
Published 2 months ago by Steve Kur
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh, I've seen it done better.
Although, admittedly, there are some creepy and disturbing moments that underscore the movie's theme, good gravy is it all delivered in a mostly cliche way. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat Disappointing
The movie had some potential but ultimately seemed like an over the top slasher film. Because of this, the film was not very frightening or realistic to me. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Chookster
5.0 out of 5 stars A Horror movie with Thought
Didn't really understand it till the end. And then 10 minutes after it I really appreciated it & it all made sense.
Surprisingly good movie.
Published 7 months ago by Wylie W. Weeks
2.0 out of 5 stars i really wanted to like it
Big fan of Nolan Gerard Funk, he was very good, Michael Biehn, very good but the usual disapproving father/uncle type character, John Savage, very good, crippled drunken dad... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Russell S
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite disturbing.
I bought this movie because it stars the very lovely Alexandra Daddario. But after watching it, I felt like I needed to take a thirty-minute shower. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Michael Gray Edwards
2.0 out of 5 stars Challenge Rejected.
Bereavement (Stevan Mena, 2010)

Bereavement is a prequel to Mena's 2004 Malevolence. In my review of that one, which I saw about four years ago, I hypothesized that it... Read more
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