Watch This: Bereavement weds a brutal slasher flick to a Lifetime-style weepie
One week a month, Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by the week’s new releases or premieres. Because it’s Horror Week here at The A.V. Club, we’re highlighting some of the best unsung slasher movies.
There’s a lot of stabbing in Bereavement. The killer here has no interest in style, so the vast majority of his kills are functional to the point of clinical. A knife slides in and out of someone a few times, and he moves on. For those who watch slasher films in hopes of seeing over-the-top murders and operatic death sequences, this film strays far from the formula. (There is one furnace-assisted kill that’s giallo-esque in its brutality, however.) Yes, there are grisly deaths and lots of bound innocents screaming for their lives, but the film’s interest in murder is purely as a means to an end …