*But I suggest only if you're into extremely brutal horror because the murders are extremely brutal. Also, if you can't stomach a young child being tortured and doing some of the killing, this isn't for you.
The prequel to the wonderfully scary 2005's Malevolence, Bereavement tells the back story of its killer, Martin (who is a young man in Malevolence) and very importantly the story of Martin's abductor/teacher in the art of killing.
Bereavement intertwines Martin and Sutter's twisted tale with a new-to-town teen girl Allison (Alexandra Daddario, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief) and the relatives who have taken her in since her parent's suddenly died, plus their bad boy neighbor William (Nolan Gerald Funk, X2) who has a crush on Allison at first sight.
Bereavement, as brutal as it is all together, is soft at some moments, with the authentic seeming budding romance developing between Allison and William--- which tragically doesn't develop fully.
Bereavement's brutality is what makes it brilliant.
I don't think I've ever seen so much stabbing in any horror film--- and not cheesy stabbing either--- extremely vicious, seemingly realistic stabbing that makes you feel for the character being sliced and diced.
The torture of young Martin by Sutter are probably the most disturbing scenes in Bereavement. Martin's face and arm is slit and a knife is stabbed into his hand! Watching Martin kill is also very unsettling.
By the end of Bereavement, the body count is tremendous.
Who I expected to hopefully still be alive by the end vs. who actually is alive by the end is shocking.
Although blood and gore fills Bereavement, there are startling gorgeous scenic shots and even of killer Sutter (one of the best shots of the entire film is of Sutter standing on top of a roof in shadow almost, looking out at a pink filled sky).
He even speaks!