I didn’t have an opportunity to check out “Bereavement” when it hit theaters earlier this year, but that doesn’t seem to be a problem at the moment. The fine folks at Anchor Bay Entertainment are releasing director Stevan Mena’s critically-acclaimed slasher on DVD and Blu-ray this August. And while I was a little harsh on Mena’s “Malevolence” when I first saw it years ago, the film has actually grown on me. Besides, “Brutal Massacre: A Comedy” was exceptionally badass, and I’m anxious for Mena to return to the darker side of the genre.
If you need a synopsis, then here you go:
In 1989, six-year-old Martin Bristol (Spencer List) was kidnapped from his backyard swing in Minersville, PA. Graham Sutter (Rickaby), 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.
Martin’s whereabouts would have remained a mystery, until 17-year-old Allison Miller (Daddario) comes to live with her Uncle Jonathan (Biehn). While exploring her new surroundings, Allison discovers things aren’t quiet at the farmhouse down the road. What started as an innocent exercise in satisfying her curiosity will soon disturb a hornet’s nest of evil and despair. For everyone involved, there can only be two outcomes: bereavement or death!
“Bereavement” will assault home video on August 30th, 2011.