'Malevolence 3: Killer' [Blu-ray+DVD]
(Katie Gibson, Kevin McKelvey, Victoria Mena, Adrienne Barbeau, et al / Blu-ray+DVD / R / (2018) 2019 / Mena Films - MVD Visual)
Overview: The hunt is on for Martin Bristol. Tortured and abused at the hands of his psychotic captor, Graham Sutter, Martin is damaged beyond repair.
Lurking in the shadows of suburbia, he stalks and kills without remorse. Special Agent William Perkins follows his trail of terror.
Blu-ray Verdict: Martin Bristol returns to where it all began: the home where he was kidnapped from. But he is not the boy who disappeared over 10 years ago.
Tortured and abused at the hands of his psychotic captor, Graham Sutter, Martin is damaged beyond repair. Lurking in the shadows of suburbia, he stalks and kills without remorse.
Special Agent William Perkins follows Martin's trail of terror, desperate to capture him before he kills again. Martin's family, mourning his disappearance for over 10 years, is informed not only that he is alive, but that he is responsible for the wave of murder sweeping through their town.
Will they be able to reunite with their long lost son before it's too late, or will Perkins have to use excessive force to bring him down?
After the longest wait - some 15 years in fact - the final part of the 'Malevolence' trilogy is upon us!
As I'm sure not going to give anything away here plot wise, I will say that the cast is enriched by the introduction of Katie Gibson as Elle. Her Elle is sweet, strong and a very likable young lady.
That said, she is also tough and resilient when Martin finally moves in for the kill! She's a great final girl in every sense of the word and even gets to play a variation of the traditional babysitter, when, thanks to Martin, her young neighbor Victoria (Victoria Mena) finds herself all alone!
Kevin McKelvey returns for his third go as Perkins and fits the mold of the "Dr. Loomis" of the film. He's tough and strong, yet there is also compassion, as he recognizes that in some ways Martin is just as much a victim as he is a killer.
This touch helps Perkins avoid being a stereotype. The always-brilliant Adrienne Barbeau ('The Fog') is effective in her few scenes as Martin's grandmother, as is Ashley Wolfe returning as Martin long-suffering mom.
As aforementioned, I don't really want to give away anything, because I think they are movies that should be seen with as little information as possible (especially this brand new finale).
They are horror movies, that's all you need to know. They are low budget and works of passion by a director who deserves and rightfully should get more work. I have waited years to see this film and it did not disappoint, of that have no doubt.
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!
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, this is the finale in the trilogy with the other two chapters having also been both re-released as Special Edition Blu-ray+DVD combo packs -- just in time to get them lined up for Halloween! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Audio Commentary with Writer/Producer/Director Stevan Mena
The Making of 'Malevolence 3: Killer'
Composing the Score
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!