DVD Review: 'Bereavement'
Hadn’t yet had your fill of the serial killer genre? Well Anchor “blood in the water” Bay keeps the blood hits coming with the release of "Bereavement" out on DVD August 30. Check the body count below!
Cast: Michael Biehn, Alexandra Daddario, Brett Rickaby
Director: Stevan Mena
Runtime: 107 minutes
Release Company: Anchor Bay Entertainment
The Flick: I’ll fully admit I never saw "Malevolence," the film to which this picture is a prequel to, but after viewing the uninspiring "Bereavement" I don’t think it’s gonna end up on my Netflix queue. It’s a serial killer flick that starts with an interesting enough premise of a six-year-old kid with CIPA (can’t feel pain!) who gets kidnapped by a serial killer. Problem is the madman played by Brett Rickaby is an over-the-top flake, his victims are all annoying faceless screamers, and even his film foes (normally excellent Michael 'Kyle Reese' Biehn and pouty and moody teen Alexandra Daddario) don’t get the audience to root them. (When you don’t root for Hicks, something’s seriously wrong!) Director Stevan Mena has created one nasty, not fun, unscary, bad looking blood and guts ridden flick that tries to pass itself off as some sort of demented art horror flick, but just looks more like a Corman Classic - minus the tasty cheese.
Best Feature: Definitely the ‘Deleted Scenes’ where a ton of dialogue scenes and cool character stuff has been dumped – it’s the stuff that should have ended up in the flick. (It might have at least helped!)
Best Hidden Gem: Loved seeing John Savage struggle with trying to pinpoint why he chose to do this flick – his answer, ‘It’s a better script then most horror movies.”
Worth the Moola: If watching killer horror without passion, pleasure and minus the menace is you’re idea of a “stunning achievement” (courtesy of the DVD cover box!), you need to expand you’re cinematic horror horizons!