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n 1989, six year old Martin Bristoll was kidnapped from his backyard swing in Minersville Pennsylvania. Graham Sutter, a psychotic recluse, kept Martin imprisoned on his derelict pig farm, forcing him to witness and participate in unspeakable horrors. Chosen at random, his victim's screams were drowned out by the rural countryside. For five years, Martin's whereabouts have remained a mystery, until 17 year old Allison Miller (Alexandra Daddario) comes to live with her Uncle, Jonathan (Michael Biehn). While exploring her new surroundings, Allison discovers things aren't quite right… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Effective atmospherics don't rescue this formulaic slasher flick."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Virtually every shot in Bereavement -- a sort of prequel to Mena's Malevolence (2005) -- is the right one; the editing, also by Mena, is first-rate."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"Evidence of a group of filmmakers who take their horror seriously."
‑ Scott Weinberg, FEARnet
""Bereavement" is cruel and unusual."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"In this deliberately paced horror movie, a big-city teen homes in on the darkness at the edge of a small Pennsylvania town, with grim results."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Film Journal International
"I'd sooner touch a nine-volt battery to my tongue than sit through this film again."
‑ Paul Brunick, New York Times
"This is an example of what happens when a clever, proficient filmmaker falls in love with brutal trash."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Palinesque, bland and increasingly silly with oodles of unintentional humor instead of what every horror fan expects: palpable scares."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"The film is so laughably Freudian it could play as a parody of certain acclaimed horror film studies such as Men, Women and Chainsaws: Gender in the Horror Film."
‑ Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
"It truly plays like one person's nightmarish descent into a world of total madness. It gives you a feel for who Martin Bristol is and why he's so lethal. On that level the film is a complete success."
‑ Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton, Dread Central
"Bereavement -- miraculously as dull as its title -- is neither far gone enough to be funny nor well thought-out enough to be disturbing."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"while Bereavement is certainly a slasher, it is also a film about how monsters are made, in which every character, hero and villain alike, is figured as tragic prey to genes and circumstance."
‑ Anton Bitel, Little White Lies
"Gruesome in the moment, but your memory of it is easily wiped clean."
‑ Ethan Alter, NYC Film Critic
""Bereavement" isn't a bad slasher film, but after a few stabs (no pun intended) at being something more, it settles for being just a slasher film. And that's disappointing."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Bereavement is one nasty piece of work."
‑ Christian Toto, What Would Toto Watch?
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