In 1989, six year old Martin Bristoll was kidnapped from his backyard swing in Minersville Pennsylvania. Graham Sutter, a psychotic recluse, kept Martin imprisoned on his derelict pig farm, forcing him to witness and participate in unspeakable horrors. Chosen at random, his victim's screams were drowned out by the rural countryside. For five years, Martin's whereabouts have remained a mystery, until 17 year old Allison Miller (Alexandra Daddario) comes to live with her Uncle, Jonathan (Michael Biehn). While exploring her new surroundings, Allison discovers things aren't quite right at the farmhouse down the road. Her curiosity disturbs a hornet's nest of evil and despair that once torn open, can never be closed.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
I'd sooner touch a nine-volt battery to my tongue than sit through this film again.Paul Brunick, New York Times, 03.17.2011
Effective atmospherics don't rescue this formulaic slasher flick.Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, 11.14.2011
Virtually every shot in Bereavement -- a sort of prequel to Mena's Malevolence (2005) -- is the right one; the editing, also by Mena, is first-rate.John Anderson, Newsday, 03.09.2011
This is an example of what happens when a clever, proficient filmmaker falls in love with brutal trash.Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 03.03.2011