'Malevolence 2: Bereavement - Director's Cut'
(Michael Biehn, Alexandra Daddario, Brett Rickaby, et al / Blu-ray+DVD / R / (2010) 2019 / Mena Films - MVD Visual)
Overview: 'Malevolence 2: Bereavement' tells the horrific account of 6 year old Martin Bristol, abducted from his backyard swing and forced to witness the brutal crimes of a deranged madman.
Blu-ray Verdict: In 1989, a boy Martin Bristol has congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis (CIPA), a rare neural disorder, in which the patient does not feel pain, heat or cold.
He is abducted by the deranged serial-killer Graham Sutter (Brett Rickaby) and brought to the Sutter Meat & Poultry, an abandoned meat-packing plant in Minersville, Pennsylvania, where Graham slaughters young women that he kidnaps.
Five years later, the stubborn seventeen year-old teenager Allison Miller loses her parents and moves to her uncle Jonathan Miller's house near the decrepit plant.
Jonathan, his wife Karen and their little daughter Wendy welcome Allison, but the teenager does not give much attention to her new family. Allison likes to run alone on the road and she passes by the meat-packing plant and then she meets the mechanic William "Billy" and has a crush on him.
Jonathan advises Allison to avoid running near the old factory and Billy, who is a problematic teenager. Allison does not listen to and soon, well, you know what happens!
Simply put, this film is highly recommended for those who like the old creepy guy doing creepy things to people in a creepy abandoned isolated place where no one can hear your screams!
Again reminiscent of 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre,' 'High Tension,' 'Hostel,' 'Psycho,' etc. 'Bereavement' kickstarts the whole trilogy (although it's titled as a sequel, of course, and is, from start to finish, bloody entertaining and bloody brilliant!
Furthermore, I've been aching to see an unedited, no holds barred version of it since it came out and now we have this delicious Director's Cut to behold for all us fans of the genre and, of course, genius Director Stevan Mena.
The best quote from the movie, and one that will make you think and rethink it over and over is, "If they have not feelings, they can't know fear. But if they can't know fear, why do they run?" pretty well sums what you are knee deep into watching right up!
Again, one of the things that continuously surprises me was the absence of sex, for in most horror/slasher films the gratuitous sex with college/high school kids is always there; while the bad guy is running around trying to find/kill them!
But no, the 'Malevolence' trilogy has its own scary story line and stuck to it through thick and thin! In fact, come the end it just made me jump out of my skin several times, which is definitely the sign of a great movie of this genre, am I right!
I mean, come on now, this movie has it all - suspense, terror, and an excellent soundtrack. The cinematography really helped to aid in building the suspense and as it was a small indie on a small indie budget, well, I was more than impressed with the cinematic outcome.
But, and again I tip my hat to the directing masterclass by Mena for giving true horror fans something worth watching.
As aforementioned, generally noted as actually being the first part of the trilogy, the original 'Malevolence' has also just been re-released as a Special Edition Blu-ray+DVD combo pack along with the just-released final chapter, 'Malevolence 3: Killer' -- just in time to get them lined up for Halloween! This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.40:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Director's cut with additional footage
Audio Commentary with Writer/Producer/Director Stevan Mena
The Making of 'Bereavement'
First Look: One The Set
CLICK HERE to read an exclusive interview we did with Director Stevan Mena, conducted a few years ago, when he was initially trying to get 'Malevolence 3' just filmed!