Movie Review: Malevolence 2: Bereavement (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

Malevolence 2: Bereavement was written, produced and directed by Stevan Mena and stars Michael Biehn, Alexandra Daddario, Brett Rickaby, Nolan Gerard Funk, John Savage, Valentina de Angelis, Spencer List and Peyton List.

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 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) and his 9 year old daughter, Wendy (Peyton List). 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.

The story for this 2010 prequel centers around Allison Miller who moves in with her uncle Jonathan (Michael Biehn) after a family tragedy. Their neighbor happens to be Graham Sutter (Brett Rickaby), the serial killer who ends up kidnapping Martin Bristol and subjects him to unspeakable terror. Allison ventures out and goes jogging and this is how she accidentally stumbles into this nightmarish world because she sees young Martin staring out one of the windows in the abandoned slaughter house and her curiosity gets the best of her. And it gets her in big trouble!

What happens is, Martin lures Allison into the trap and Graham is there waiting in the shadows for her. The mentally deranged Graham ends up having to kill her uncle when he gets too close but she’s able to escape the deadly situation and this is when things take a turn. Allison’s entire family is slaughtered by the hands of a maniac and in the end she discovers just how deranged and cold young Martin Bristol really is.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I had a blast revisiting Malevolence 2: Bereavement which is the strongest entry in this vicious indie slasher trilogy. I remember when Bereavement was getting promoted and there was some controversy about the poster because the kid was holding a knife in his hand and it ended up having to be altered. Everything was bigger and better in Bereavement, from the casting to the carnage. Stevan Mena was once again a hands on filmmaker here, wearing multiple hats as he delivered this followup to the 2004 slasher. The story for this prequel shows how Martin Bristol ended up becoming this terrifying killer and focuses on his teacher, played by Brett Rickaby. There’s also Alexandra Daddario who plays the not-so final girl before she made it big as well as a very young Peyton List before she became a big Disney star. There’s also the legendary Michael Biehn who’s character doesn’t fair so well against his sadistic neighbor. Once again, this prequel offers up some brutal kills that includes lots of blood and gore, just like its predecessor. Stevan Mena delivers an atmospheric and unforgiving slasher that serves as a brutal prequel to his 2004 cult classic. Malevolence 2: Bereavement will be re-released on a Director’s Cut Blu-ray and DVD (with Malevolence and Malevolence 3: Killer) on Otober 15th.

Distributor: MVD Entertainment Group and Mena Films

Run Time: 111 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Surround 5.1 and Stereo 2.0

DVD Video: Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Surround 5.1 and Stereo 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, a behind-the-scenes featurette, first look on set spotlight, photo gallery, deleted scenes and trailers.

  • Audio Commentary with Director Stevan Mena
  • Behind-the-Scenes of Malevolence 2: Bereavement (34:36)
  • First Look On Set (07:04)
  • Photo Gallery (04:52)
  • Deleted Scenes (03:57)
  • Trailers for other Stevan Mena movies
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