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The Hamiltons (2006)

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Four young adult siblings try to fend for themselves after the mysterious death of their parents. But they harbor some dark secrets which include abducting and killing strangers, and ... See full summary »

Directors:

Mitchell Altieri (as The Butcher Brothers), Phil Flores (as The Butcher Brothers)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Al Liner ... Paul Glenn
Jena Hunt ... Kitty Davies (as Jenna Hunt)
Tara Glass Tara Glass ... Jenna Smith
Larry Laverty ... Larry Davies
Joe Egender ... Allen Davies
Nicholas Fanella Nicholas Fanella ... Lenny Hamilton
Jackie Honea Jackie Honea ... Mrs. Hamilton
John Krause John Krause ... Mr. Hamilton
Nathan Parker Nathan Parker ... Hot Pants
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Storyline

Four young adult siblings try to fend for themselves after the mysterious death of their parents. But they harbor some dark secrets which include abducting and killing strangers, and feeding them to a mysterious 'thing' living in their cellar. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Their loss is your pain. See more »

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anjos da Morte See more »

Filming Locations:

Petaluma, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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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. And then she died. My father died along with her. Shortly after that, my brother David had to sell the farm where we grew up. Now we're just trying to be an ordinary family. Trying to figure out where we fit in the ...
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The Hamiltons is a thinking person's "horror" film with a slow pace.
22 November 2006 | by carlykristenSee all my reviews

The Hamiltons 2005 (Theatrical "R", After Dark Horrorfest) – Directed by The Butcher Brothers, Winner of the Santa Barbara Intl Film Festival and the Malibu Film Festivals.

The Hamiltons are an unusual family that recent lost their parents. The family now consists of older brother David, who is struggling with his homosexuality and the pressures of running the household, the twins Darlene & Wendell, who are devious troublemakers, and younger brother Francis, who is coming to terms with his family and his place in the world.

The film starts out explaining that The Hamiltons siblings recently lost their parents and they have moved several times within the past couple of years. Twin Wendell soon kidnaps two young girls and it becomes apparent that The Hamiltons are not as they seem. Sensitive Francis grows weary of their ways, but is scared to be alone. Does he decide to do the right thing or stick by his family no matter what?

This is not by any means a typical horror film, but a thinking person's horror film. Those looking for gore and scares will be disappointed. It has an original story with great dialogue showcasing real problems within every family. It is ultimately a very accurate portrayal of a real family dealing with growing pains that features a slight twist at the end. During the end scene, you hear Francis giving a creepy voice-over almost giving it a documentary feel.

Cory Knauf gives a solid performance as Francis, the young man that has so much to say, but cannot. He really shows how torn Francis was in his decision and the isolation felt by many teens struggling to find their place as they hit adulthood. Mackenzie Firgens gives a great turn as twin Darlene who is vicious and sexy at the same time. You will love the scene where she chases Kitty through the house. (And maybe the one where she kisses her own brother!?!)

My only quibble is there is minimal gore and violence. During violent interactions, the camera turns away, so very little is caught on film. There is also an opening scene with Brittany Daniel that looked frightening at first, but there were some jittery camera movements and it fizzled with no pay out.

Bottom Line: The Hamiltons is a subtle "horror" film with a slow pace. This is more of a thinking man's (or woman's) horror film. Gorehounds should pass.

Rating: 7/10

Molly Celaschi www.HorrorYearbook.com MySpace.com/HorrorYearbook


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