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The Thompsons (2012)

Cory Knauf , Samuel Child , The Butcher Brothers  |  R |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cory Knauf, Samuel Child, Joseph McKelheer
  • Directors: The Butcher Brothers
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Xlrator
  • DVD Release Date: December 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009FB3XNQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,391 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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: In the Butcher Brothers award-winning original film, The Hamiltons were a dysfunctional, orphaned family struggling in sunny suburbia. On the outside, they appeared normal enough, but they hid a very dark secret...in order to survive, they needed to drink blood. In the high-octane sequel, a bloodbath at a desert gas station puts the family on the run, eventually seeing them resurface in the U.K. under a new name as The Thompsons. With the youngest brother Lenny gravely injured, the family is in desperate need of help. Hearing rumors of another vampire clan who might be able to assist them, Francis agrees to make contact. His quest leads to a family-run pub in the English countryside where he meets a gorgeous waitress named Riley Stuart. As Riley flirts, Francis fails to notice her blood thirsty relatives sneaking up behind him... Francis tries fighting the family off the best he can but these new vamps are faster, stronger and more vicious than he s encountered before. After a brutal struggle he s subdued and brought back to their home. When Francis wakes up he s surprised to learn that the Stuarts simply wanted to test his powers. They set him free and offer safe haven to himself and the rest of his family. As the rest of the family makes their way across the English countryside to join him, Frances begin to suspect the Stuarts may have an agenda behind their kindness. With Riley as his only potential ally and her motives still unclear, the epic battle between the two clans is inevitable...

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars THESE THOMPSON TWINS DON'T SING February 4, 2013
Format:DVD
Remember the good old days when vampires were clearly evil blood-drinking villains? Contemporary cinematic vampires have mutated into romanticized misunderstood creatures trying to fit in and be accepted by society. Yet, they still kill people, slurp their blood but nowadays it's not their fault. The vampires have become the victims of an unyielding humanity. Of course TWILIGHT, TRUE BLOOD, VAMPIRE DIARIES, etc. have validated this new vampire acceptance philosophy.
THE THOMPSONS continues this trend. A sequel to THE HAMILTONS, writers/directors the Butcher Brothers have created another blood-soaked sexually perverse gorefest. It's unimaginative, derivative and only marginally enjoyable. It employs the standard jerky MTV camera work and uses moderately talented actors. Francis' cliché ridden narrative gets tedious and the movie's open-ended predictable climax screams sequel.
Don't get me wrong---I still enjoy vampire movies (I humbly admit I love TRUE BLOOD!) but I miss the Christopher Lee/Hammer days where we could root for the victims and not the vampires!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I'd never heard two beans about the Butcher Brothers, so I Googled `em. Apparently, they're not real, per se. Rather, they're the "filmmaking alter egos of American film directors Mitchell Altieri and Phil Flores." Are their careers that notorious that they'd actually need alter egos? Apparently, they think so. I guess if some parts of THE THOMPSONS are any indication, I can understand the desire to seek anonymity, but it ain't all that bad, fellahs. Why not come out into the light - like you've done with your vampire creatures - and enjoy what luminosity has to offer?

(NOTE: the following review will contain minor spoilers necessary for the discussion of character and plot. If you're the kind of reader who wants an entirely-spoiler-free assessment, then I'd encourage you to read elsewhere or, at least, zip down to the last two paragraphs for my final thoughts. However, if you can live with a few hints about things-to-come, then read on.)

THE HAMILTONS - the earliest film of the Butcher Brothers - was a 2006 horror release exploring the family values of quiet suburban California siblings who just happened to be vampires ... well, that ain't exactly right. See, truth is a bit more elusive: they're vampires, but they're not. They have vampire powers, but they don't. Rather than belabor the creative point, let's just agree that they kinda/sorta act like vampires while having the talents, skills, and abilities of vampires with the exception being all of that `undead' nonsense. These are vampires that are "birthed" and not "created." They're vampires that need to feed on blood to survive, but they're not vampires except for that. (Some legitimately hackneyed writing makes it all a bit more complicated than it need be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Typical Vamp movie December 28, 2013
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The movie doesn't disappoint. It's what you would expect from a typical vampire movie. So that makes it neither great nor awful. It's in between so it's not hard to watch the whole thing and not feel like you've wasted your time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars not puking dawn so don't expect Edward to show up. March 17, 2013
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I liked this movie. not the best I have ever seen but still good. It has BOOBS in it. Shows BOOBS several times, that must be why I liked it. lots of killing, blood, and best of all happy ending.
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3.0 out of 5 stars PLAYTIME IS OVER January 27, 2013
Format:DVD
This production combines grindhouse with "Twilight" style vampires and doesn't do either one well. The film opens up in Ludlow, England as Francis (Cory Knauf) is looking for distant relatives and provides the far too used first person narration. The scene flashes back to the US then takes us back to England for no other reason then to try to look clever.

Francis is a vampire-type person. He and his family are on the lam after going berserk in a desert diner, caught on film. The youngest brother Lenny (Ryan Hartwig) got shot in the chest. Exactly how this family who lived isolated, wanted by the law, dragging along a bloody kid with a shotgun wound to the chest, gets overseas (I don't think they had passports either) is a plot point not mentioned. They are seeking help, as their parents are dead and they don't know how to cope with this genetic vampire issue they lived with their whole life.

The family splits up and Francis goes to Ludlow looking for answers not realizing predators don't like their territory to be overcrowded with rival predators.

The film has its grindhouse moments, but then dies. As a "Twilight" type film, the writing was simply too bad. While I liked the basic plot outline, the details and execution lacked forethought and planning. It appears they slapped something together knowing the public will buy it depending on how they sell it, such as placing "Twilight" and Tarantino's name on the jacket. It is not that good. For what it's worth: Elizabeth Henstridge can act better than frequent Razzy nominee Kristen Stewart.

Parental guidance: F-bomb, sex, nudity (Katarina Gellin, Zoe Grisedale, Elizabeth Henstridge or body double) Three stars is a stretch.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
After 6 years, The Butcher Brothers (Mitchell Altieri and Phil Flores) return to the dysfunctional vampire family last seen in their low budget chiller The Hamiltons, who, as per that film's finale, now go by the name of The Thompsons. When a stop at a roadside diner puts them in the middle of a robbery, youngest member Lenny (Ryan Hartwig) is seriously wounded. After slaughtering robber and patron alike, the fiendish family flees to Europe to find help from others like themselves and escape the police manhunt. In the small town of Ludlow, England they find their British equivalent, The Stuarts and it seems they have found help for Lenny in this kindred family. But, The Stuarts unveil their own sinister agenda and as Francis (Cory Knauf) falls in love with their beautiful daughter, Riley (Elizabeth Henstridge), a war of the vampire clans erupts and a blood soaked battle for supremacy begins. Where the first film was a creepy and twisted family drama, the sequel shows us what a Twilight movie would be like if they had any real fangs... and gallons of blood. And The Butcher's version of that neutered vampire saga is a lot more gory fun. Where the first movie kept their vampiric nature a secret till the end, this is a full blown vampire flick that explains a lot of about the character's condition that wasn't fully explored in The Hamiltons. There are barely any humans in the cast either and those that are, don't last long. It's all red eyes, bared fangs and spurting blood. The film moves quickly too, at barely over 80 minutes, so there is little time wasted on melodrama and what I really liked was how the Butchers turned the sick and blood thirsty Hamiltons/Thompsons into the victims this time round and thus the heros. Read more ›
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2.0 out of 5 stars A sequel that doesn't make sense
The Thompsons is a sequel to The Hamiltons. Like the earlier film (made 6 years before) it revolves around a family of vampires. Read more
Published 4 months ago by lecudedag
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful Movie!
I hate movies that can't put fourth a good effort to write a good story line!!!! Weak acting and porn around every corner at least the first 10 minutes I watched.
Published 6 months ago by Matt - Man
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow building, but very good.
Wasn't as good as the 2nd installment. Necessary to watch in order to enjoy part 2. All in all... I liked it.
Published 7 months ago by Frederick Chase
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This movie was different entertaining and I did enjoy the ending. New twist on Vampires not too Gory, not traditional or predictable ' I loved the little brother regaining his... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Martha Davis
3.0 out of 5 stars Not much here
A lot of guts, blood, and sex but nothing to write home about. Would not watch again, unless I was strapped down with my eyelids taped open.
Published 8 months ago by jody
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a worthy sequel
This would have been a better movie if the plot were more developed. Being a fan of the first one, I was excited to see this. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Christopher E Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars The Thompsons
This movie arrived much sooner than expected, which rates high in my book, and the dvd looked & played perfectly so I'm very happy with my purchase!
Published 13 months ago by Ms_Parker_1
3.0 out of 5 stars Vampires are unique
I liked this movie for its imagination. I think vampires like the ones in this movie could exist and the story line gave them a human aspect to the monsters they portray. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Clay M Keeley
4.0 out of 5 stars The Thompsons BD Combo [Blu-ray]
This was Gory Fun. I don't get the comparo listed, but it certainly didn't disappoint! I didn't feel the Twilight love but was fun on its own merit!
Published 14 months ago by Fred Louis Zoller
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
The Thompsons is almost as great as The Hamiltons, which is one of my current favorite vampire movies. If you like The Hamiltons this next chapter is a must see.
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