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The Hamiltons (After Dark Horrorfest)

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The Hamiltons seem to be the picture-perfect American family. They are hardworking community members; giving to their local charities, attending town hall meetings and always respectful of their neighbors...except for the fact that they usually end up killing them.

Special Features

  • Commentary by co-writers/co-directors The Butcher Brothers and actor Cory Knauf
  • Deleted scenes
  • Bloopers

Product Details

  • Actors: Cory Knauf, Samuel Child, Joseph McKelheer, Mackenzie Firgens, Rebekah Hoyle
  • Directors: Mitchell Altieri, Phil Flores
  • Writers: Mitchell Altieri, Phil Flores, Adam Weis
  • Producers: Eddy Murillo, Ira Leemon, Michael Ferris Gibson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MEYKCS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,483 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Hamiltons (After Dark Horrorfest)" on IMDb

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this movie opens and runs for quite some time seeming fairly standard. you see people being captured and chained up in the shed. throughout the movie you get to know the family as well as why they live the way that they do.

three brothers and a sister live together after their parents deaths. the oldest(mid 20's) is the most mature and resposible of the bunch. the twin brother and sister (early 20's) are the impulsive ones, and nearly out of control. the youngest brother is the docile one, constantly second guessing thier actions. he is the center of the film. a lot of time is spend focusing on his life and how he handles everything he's been partly responsible for.

pretty low bugdet stuff here. though not much lower than any others from the Horrorfest series. it really doesnt take away from the movie though. i didnt find it "scary" at all, and there isnt much blood and there's really no gore to speak of, but i found the overall experience very rewarding when all was done.

it seems to bog down at times, and it could have moved along a little quicker and had more effects, but there's a great feeling of realization as it all winds down. i walked away from this one very satisfied.

VERY cool ending. i didnt see it comming.
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I have written reviews for almost every After Dark Horror Fest release so far (to be honest, this is #6), and this is my highest rating so far. Before I tell you what I like about this one, let me tell you what I wasn't liking about the others:

I have great hope in horror movies, because it seems that this genre might be one of the most visceral mainstays of creativity in the movie business nowadays. The essence of that creativity is its accessibility--it seems that just about anyone can make a horror movie (and does). They are famously low budget, and many big names have made their starts in horror movies--two of the most famous now would be Sam Raimi and Peter Jackson. And horror movies don't have to be high-grossing to be famous--just go on eBay and find tons of stuff relating to 'cult' movies, movies that maybe only ever saw the light of day in local theatres or on video, but spread by word of mouth (and, let's face it, drunken parties) over years until they became famous. Also, I think horror movies are wonderful for being able to reinvent themselves--horror movie makers are for the most part very well versed in horror, so while some may make run-of-the-mill horror, there are those who make horror movies that acknowledge the long history before them and stack themselves on top of that tradition either by playing with the form (as in Shaun of the Dead) or bring it down to its most visceral roots of splatter, gore and fun (as in The Evil Dead).
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THE HAMILTONS is a horror film directed by filmmakers who want to play with our perception of what a horror film is.

Sure, the filmmakers dress the walls of their basement cage with big wet splatters of blood, and bind their victims with tape and chain...but at the end of the day The Butcher Brothers care more about exploring the relationships between our family of orphan killers than the plight of the victims held down below. This is not a movie where some dumb teenagers go some out of the way place, do something "wrong" and then get hunted by crazed maniacs.

It is a movie about a good looking family that moves into your town--hardworking and on hardluck that just happen to have your daughter chained up in their basement. It is this reason that THE HAMILTONS was one of the most recognized indie horror films of 2006 and most certainly one of, if not the best, of the AfterDark Horror Fest: 8 Films to Die For.

Featuring charming and often times hilarious performances by a talented cast the movie is a smart, fun, critique of American family values, what consitutes a family, and the dangers of letting adolescence blossom outside of a well constructed and tightly chained box.

A real treat.
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I like it but I definitely don't love it.

I'll give them an ovation for attempting an original alternative and more intelligent approach to the genre of horror but the execution was spotty.
This sort of plot is a difficult maze to navigate and I think it's easy for the writers and director to lose their way occasionally; this needed to be orchestrated so precisely that it's not surprising that the viewer is going to be encumbered with working out a few vagaries.

I enjoyed the ending, it wasn't a cop out, thank God.
At first glance this film comes off as a gratuitously gruesome flick, so I felt the opening was clumsy, however, as the film progresses it finds it's footing and develops into an intriguing mystery rather than a run of the mill slasher flick.
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Very well made (compared to other After Dark Horrorfest movies I've watched). I was actually well entertained & the movie kept my full attention until the end which is a welcome change of pace. I enjoyed it & will recommend. I wish more movies could be like this one.
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