If you've been to a major horror movie site today, then you're probably well aware that the first one sheet and a slew of photos have been released for Stevan Mena's Bereavement--the prequel to his 2004 indie slasher cult hit Malevolence. Frankly, I'm pretty amazed at the level of excitement. The pictures are cool and I liked Malevolence (I gave it a 3 out of 5 in my review), but I never thought it was this big a deal.

Apparently I was wrong.

I'll give Mena this--the stills from the film are impressive. This guy running around with the cow skull on his head is creepy in the extreme and it appears as though the filmmaker has recaptured the moody atmosphere of the original in this prequel.

This outing focuses on Graham Sutter's kidnapping and the systematic torture of his protege Martin Bristol--the guy who eventually becomes the killer in Malevolence. Mena has characterized Bereavement as a film more in the vein of The Shining, whereas the first paid homage to slasher films like Halloween. This film will be "more of a character study."

Consider my curiosity officially piqued. Michael Biehn headlines an ensemble cast in the feature, which still doesn't have an official release date.

Head on over to Dread Central for a huge gallery of stills from the production.