In 1989, the boy Martin Bristol has congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis (CIPA), a rare neural disorder, in which the patient does not feel pain, heat or cold. He is abducted by the deranged serial-killer Graham Sutter (Brett Rickaby) and brought to the Sutter Meat & Poultry, an abandoned meat-packing plant in Minersville, Pennsylvania, where Graham slaughters young women that he kidnaps. Five years later, the stubborn seventeen year-old teenager Allison Miller loses her parents and moves to her uncle Jonathan Miller’s house near the decrepit plant. Jonathan, his wife Karen and their little daughter Wendy welcome Allison, but the teenager does not give much attention to her new family. Allison likes to run alone on the road and she passes by the meat-packing plant and then she meets the mechanic William “Billy” and has a crush on him. Jonathan advises Allison to avoid running near the old factory and Billy, who is a problematic teenager. Allison does not listen to her …
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
User Reviews: "Brought home a boy from the valley. He’s young enough to learn the business my way."
This recent entry in the "small town psychopathic serial killer" genre isn’t exactly a game-changer and it doesn’t try to be that scary, but it is a tense, nasty affair that will probably appeal to some horror fans.
We’ve got out deranged killer that preys on young women, a young boy he kidnaps to "assist" him, and a new arrival from out of town (Alexandra Dadarrio) that enjoys taking long runs alone that just happen to pass by a sinister looking and isolated rundown meat-packing plant. If you’re guessing that’s a recipe for blood, brutality and death, then you’re right.
Bereavement is fine for what it is, but I doubt I’ll be compelled to watch it more than once. There’s nothing really exceptional about it, though some of the outdoor cinematography is beautiful, there’s a concentrated effort to give depth and a back-story to most of the main characters, and Alexandra is undoubtedly nice eye candy (if there was an Academy Award for filling out a halter top, she’d have it in the bag). The bottom line, though, is that this is such a thoroughly bleak movie that it’s almost too realistically grim and hopeless to find entertainment in. That’s not necessarily a "flaw", but it’s definitely something some viewers will respond less favorably to than others.
Oh, and I don’t think I’ve heard this much screaming in a film in quite a while. Have your ears prepared to be assaulted.