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Every Family Has Its Secrets
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Four young adult siblings try to fend for themselves after the mysterious death of their parents. But... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Efficiently captures the spirit of 70s and 80s horror See more (73 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Cory Knauf ... Francis Hamilton

Samuel Child ... David Hamilton

Joseph McKelheer ... Wendell Hamilton

Mackenzie Firgens ... Darlene Hamilton

Rebekah Hoyle ... Samantha Teal

Brittany Daniel ... Dani Cummings
Al Liner ... Paul Glenn

Jena Hunt ... Kitty Davies (as Jenna Hunt)
Tara Glass ... Jenna Smith

Larry Laverty ... Larry Davies

Joe Egender ... Allen Davies
Nicholas Fanella ... Lenny Hamilton
Jackie Honea ... Mrs. Hamilton
John Krause ... Mr. Hamilton
Nathan Parker ... Hot Pants
Jason Pennetta ... David's Friend
Andrew Casden ... Trevor
Hannah Weiss ... Girl in Restaurant

Tim Tracy ... Slaughter House Worker
Jaclyn Chessen ... New Neighbor
Lucas Schulte ... New Neighbor
Nicole Storkson ... Lenny's Voice (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Corky Cornett ... Frank (uncredited)
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Directed by
Mitchell Altieri  (as The Butcher Brothers)
Phil Flores  (as The Butcher Brothers)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mitchell Altieri  (as The Butcher Brothers)
Phil Flores  (as The Butcher Brothers)
Adam Weis 

Produced by
Mitchell Altieri .... producer
Phil Flores .... producer
Michael Ferris Gibson .... executive producer
Stan Holland .... executive producer
Oren Kaplan .... executive producer
Ira Leemon .... executive producer
Eddy Murillo .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Nathan Montiel 
Joshua Myers 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Maley 
 
Film Editing by
Jesse Spencer 
 
Art Direction by
Andrew Casden 
 
Costume Design by
Alexis Beck  (as Alexis Tracy)
 
Makeup Department
Veronica Denny .... key hair stylist
Montana Meares .... makeup artist
Keri Picolla .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Clara M. Franco .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Samantha Wilson .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Jennifer McClelland .... set dresser
Nathan Parker .... property master
Delon Tio .... property master
Hannah Weiss .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Ronni Brown .... foley artist
Ben Greenwood .... boom operator
Rory Nicholls .... boom operator
Mischa Park-Doob .... foley editor
William Storkson .... sound designer
William Storkson .... sound re-recording mixer
Jon Vennarucci .... boom operator: second unit
Nikolas Zasimczuk .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dane Brehm .... best boy
Erik DeGroot .... key grip
Oren Kaplan .... assistant camera
David Mong .... gaffer
Jason Pennetta .... grip
Lucas Schulte .... grip
 
Editorial Department
Tricia Chiarenza .... color timer
 
Music Department
William Storkson .... composer: additional music
 
Other crew
Jaclyn Chessen .... script supervisor
Phil Flores .... child acting coach
Will Krieg .... production assistant
Breana Pozzi .... assistant to director
 

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Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexual content
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86 min
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Goofs:
Continuity: After Francis and Wendell have their fight in Wendell's truck, Wendell orders him out of the truck and speeds away. As Wendell's truck spins out and kicks up dirt, you can see fresh dirt from a previous take.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Francis Hamilton:What does it mean to be happy? To be content in the world around you? Mom used to say it was family. That family was the heart of everything, even existence. Without it, there's nothing. She would always have these simple answers that somehow would sound so brilliant...
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Followed by The Thompsons (2012)See more »
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Kiss The LightSee more »

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What is the "Disease" that the Hamilton Family keep referring to?
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34 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
Efficiently captures the spirit of 70s and 80s horror, 6 March 2006
Author: dgaither from Mountain View, CA

I saw this film at Cinequest, the San Jose Film Festival, in March of 2006. The Hamiltons is a movie with writing and directing credit going to "The Butcher Brothers". I think this is a name we will be seeing more from in the future. They've managed to put together a good old-fashioned scare fest, with some very powerful shocks along the way, all while using very basic gore and makeup effects.

The movie is about a group of grown siblings, whose parents have died, who are living together as a family unit, trying to be a "normal" suburban family. But they have a terrible secret. Part of that secret is that they abduct and kill people (mostly lovely young women). The rest of the secret is what keeps us involved throughout the mayhem that follows.

They've managed to create an atmosphere similar to Texas Chainsaw Massacre, without being quite so gruesome or so unrelenting. Mixed among the powerful killing and torture scenes are scenes of banal domestic dysfunction. They are obviously big horror fans and sprinkle the movie with references to the movies genre fans love.

My only complaint is that they overindulge in camera tricks. Some of the tricks are very effective. In the pre-credit scene a woman is killed, but the violence occurs in a series of extremely rapid cuts (I'm guessing maybe 3 per second) which keeps us from quite seeing what's happening. This allows our bloody imaginations to do much of the work and keeps us from noticing how simple the make-up effects are. I would like to have seen them use this technique again, but instead they went on to try every camera trick they could think of.

The youngest brother is camcording much of the family action, he says for a school project. This gives the directors an excuse to have many square-cropped, bouncy scenes, with jagged edges around the objects and low resolution. Other scenes are grainy with a shot-on-videotape-in-poor-lighting look. Much of the movie is in high-resolution, beautiful 35mm. Then, even more distractingly, they start mixing up the resolution and cropping mattes, so that we get a high resolution square shot, supposedly from the camcorder, so the actor can look good in close up. There's a couple of scenes where the shot alternates between two actors in dialog and one of them is shot in the grainy tape-look format while the other one is in high-res 35mm. Nearly all of the violent scenes are augmented? by quick-motion, tracers, vibrating cameras, or something else to add impact not present in the action itself. I'm sure they had fun playing all these camera games. The problem is that it draws us out of the story. I spent much of the movie's time thinking about such things, instead of wondering what they were going to do to those poor girls next. There are a few soundtrack scares, but they don't overdo this.

If it ever gets released, I'll want to see it again. The camera tricks do not make the movie unwatchable, they're just distracting. It's a much better movie than a lot of low-budget horror and it left me with the kind of feeling I get from the old 70s and 80s slashers, but it's not as graphic.

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