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The Hamiltons - After Dark Horror Fest

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EXCELLENT INDEPENDENT FILM - MAY BE BEST OF THE FIRST SERIES

  • Oct 25, 2010
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The Hamiltons - After Dark Horror Fest

THE HAMILTONS

I have to say that out of all of the films in this series this happens to be one of my favorite ones. Sure the film is flawed like most others but for the budget I truly believe this is the best they could do. I would love to this with a bigger budget because even at this one it was still great and a cool take on........... well you will see. I watched this long ago when it was first released and was thanking the filmmakers because the others in the series were a little lackluster. I would recommend this film to any fan of independent films and just over all good films.

For those who have yet to see this it follows a nice little family of siblings, their parents died and now they all live together moving on. It seems that they can't stay in one place to long even though they seem to be a nice bunch of kids. David is he oldest and is now the man of the house, a job that seems thankless. Then there are the twins Wendell and Darlene who play nice with each other if you get what I mean. And then of course there is the youngest in the group Frances who is your average teen who is out there just looking to find his place in the world. Other then a little incest with the twins this seems like a nice group of kids to the outside world right? Well all is not what it seems because underneath all that goodwill there is a dark secret that the family is hiding. Turns out this family likes to kill other people, all that is except Frances who is contemplating turning in the family.

I have to say that the only thing weighing this film down is the budget constraints and maybe some of the performances seem to lag at times but still this is good. Cory Knauf was great as Frances and played the confused teenager very well, plus I like how some of the story was told through his home camera. Samuel Child as ok as David but at times he seemed a little off, but then again that may have been the character. Then of course there are the twins played well by Joseph McKelheer and Mackenzie Firgens, both turn in good performances each. Every one else in the film were good as well but this film is about the family more so then the victims so we will leave it at that.

Writer/directors The Butcher Brothers did very well with a very low budget and pulled off one of the best in this series. Their direction is good but their real triumph is in the script, this was a really interesting story with a great outcome. Like I said they put a cool spin on something that is very familiar, you will see. The film was shot well but it doesn't look as good as some of the others in the series, budget once again. I need to check out the other film by these two, if it is near as good as this I can buy it without even watching it first. It should also be noted that Adam Weis was a writer on this as well so credit should go to him as well.

This is a very entertaining film that is one of the better ones in the series of After Dark, maybe the best of the first year, maybe. Still this is a worthy addition to any home library so I recommend a purchase and skip the rental. If you do not like low budget films because of their look or something this may not be for you. Man I love that ending.
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October 26, 2010
I agree it was one of the better ones in the 1st series (although I kinda liked THE GRAVEDANCERS too...except for the cheesy ending). Well written review.
October 26, 2010
Thank you very much, and I agree.
 
October 26, 2010
This one had one of the best endings that I have ever seen. It was easy to expect a scary huge monster and then we see a normal looking kid. Loved that one.
October 26, 2010
No doubt, loved the ending.
 
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This is a very entertaining film that is one of the better ones in the series of After Dark, maybe the best of the first year, maybe.
review by . June 03, 2007
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I love the idea of the "After Dark" fest, and my wife and I were able to see THE GRAVEDANCERS at a movie-theatre and enjoyed it pretty well. The Gravedancers - After Dark Horrorfest So the chance to catch a couple more on DVD was something we looked forward to. We knew these would NOT be classic movies that would live forever...we were just looking for a little cheap fun.    THE HAMILTONS lives up to the "cheap" part. It was shot on digital video, and often appears grainy. It …
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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.
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DVD Release Date: March 27, 2007
Runtime: 86 minutes
Studio: Lions Gate
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