Film Reviews: “Bereavement” (2010)

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Written and directed by Stevan Mena.
Starring Michael Biehn, Alexandra Daddario, and Spencer List.

In a small country town, a man living in an abandoned slaughterhouse has been kidnapping women and killing them. He abducted a young boy 5 years ago and raised him to be his witness and accomplice. Allison Miller moves to this small town to live with her Uncle John (Biehn) and his family after her parents died. She begins hanging out with William, a local dude with a bad rep. Walking along the road one day, Allison sees a boy in the window of the abandoned building and goes to investigate. When she doesn’t come home that night, her Uncle, and William go to look for her.

Writer/director Stevan Mena (“Malevolence” & “Brutal Massacre: A Comedy”) returns with a gruesome, disturbing tale in the vain of films like “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Saw.” “Bereavement” tells its story well, feeling familiar and fresh at the same time. Michael Biehn is perfect as the loving, yet overprotective Uncle. It’s always great to see him. I highly recommend this. One of the better horror films to come out in the last 5 years.

3.0 out of 4.0 stars.

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