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Bereavement is a thriller/horror film directed by Stevan Mena, and starring Michael Biehn, Alexandra Daddario, Brett Rickaby, John Savage, and Nolan Gerard Funk. It serves as a prequel to Mena's independent film Malevolence.

In 1989, Martin Bristol, a young boy diagnosed with congenital insensitivity to pain, is abducted from his home by serial killer Graham Sutter (Rickaby), who keeps Martin captive in his basement, forcing the boy to watch him mutilate his many victims. Five years later, Allison Miller (Daddario), a teenage girl who lost her parents, goes to live with her uncle Jonathan (Biehn) and his family, and she soon crosses paths with Sutter and Martin.


This film contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Adults Are Useless: Martin was abducted by Sutter while his mother wasn't paying attention to him.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Allison falls for William.
  • Asshole Victim: Sutter is killed by Martin.
  • The Atoner: Sutter is a twisted example. He's going around killing women out of a need for redemption over killing the cattle he took care of.
  • Ax-Crazy: Sutter is seriously unhinged.
  • Good Parents: Jonathan and Karen are nothing short of nice, well-adjusted folks, a notable contrast to Ted and Sutter's father.
  • Missing Mom: William's mother committed suicide when he was a boy.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Allison doesn't seem to know what a bra is; at a few points, her nipples are visible under whatever top she happens to be wearing.
  • Nice Guy: William. Too bad he ends up killed by Sutter when he tries to rescue Allison.
  • The '90s: Most of the film is set sometime in this time period.
  • Papa Wolf: Jonathan is very protective of his niece. It sadly ends up getting him shot and killed by Sutter.
  • Troubled, but Cute: William, Allison's Love Interest who takes medication for some kind of psychological problem.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The film begins with a flashback of Sutter abducting Martin from his yard and later cutting the boy's cheek with a knife.


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