Bereavement (2011)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: March 4, 2011
DVD Release Date: August 30, 2011
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Critic Score: 44% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Effective atmospherics don't rescue this formulaic slasher flick.

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John Anderson

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.

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Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

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.

Paul Brunick
New York Times

I'd sooner touch a nine-volt battery to my tongue than sit through this film again.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

This is an example of what happens when a clever, proficient filmmaker falls in love with brutal trash.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Palinesque, bland and increasingly silly with oodles of unintentional humor instead of what every horror fan expects: palpable scares.

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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

Bereavement -- miraculously as dull as its title -- is neither far gone enough to be funny nor well thought-out enough to be disturbing.

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Scott Weinberg

Evidence of a group of filmmakers who take their horror seriously.

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Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic

Gruesome in the moment, but your memory of it is easily wiped clean.

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Flixster Audience Score: 29% Flixster User Reviews
Edward Boxler
A small improvement over 2003's Malevolence, with more interesting characters and slightly better acting. Bereavement will satisfy die hard horror fans as… More
Todd Smith
I was really looking forward to this prequel to 2004's Malevolent, but was sadly disappointed. The premise of the movie is great and right up my alley. A… More
Lewis C.
"Brought home a boy from the valley. He's young enough to learn the business my way." This recent entry in the "small town psychopathic… More
John Me
First section of a three-part trilogy which surpasses the sequel. This movie doesn't rely on cheap scares or excessive gore to grip the audience, it relies… More
Jesse Ortega
While I do think the film makes effective use of its atmosphere, for the most part, and it is well made with some solid cinematography, ultimately this movie… More