The Hamiltons (2006)
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as Francis Hamilton
as David Hamilton
as Wendell Hamilton
as Darlene Hamilton
as Samantha Teal
as Dani Cummings
as Jenna Smith
as New Neighbor
as Allen Davies
as Larry Davies
Critic Reviews for The Hamiltons
Not even the few moments of grim humor and bloodletting can salvage the flick's leaden pacing and overbaked narrative.
Audience Reviews for The Hamiltons
[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] I really liked the gore. After looking at what's displayed here i'm very confident in saying that the directors; The Butcher Brothers, clearly understand how to make beautiful, physical blood effects, and I think they have a real future within the horror film industry. However apart from that The Hamiltons is quite literally all over the place. It tries very hard to be a profound drama about the civilised family, and how without good management in the household everything can fall apart. But surprisingly the film does actually fall apart in the end. After a creepy and interesting set-up the rest of the film is uninteresting and dissapointingly dull. I will praise both the acting and the gore, but the script is weak and it's got it's ideas and morals all jumbled up. It has a very interesting premise that could have been moulded into a tremendously surreal and eerily disturbed drama. But in the end it doesn't work and it doesn't help whatsoever that not once was I scared by it, or even interested in it at all really.
Actually a pretty decent film. Some parts were weird/off/irrelevant but it wasn't that bad. I was asking a lot of questions about the plot in the beginning, but by the end all my questions were answered (surprisingly). I was actually expecting a bunch of plot holes, but nope. It's pretty self explanatory by the end, a nice twist too. I went into this movie with very low expectations, and it was actually a lot better than what I thought.
I'm going to be generous here and chalk up all of the problems that I had with this film to "budget restrictions". I'll follow that up by saying that I think the basic premise here is intersting and while there have been variations of this "theme" over the past several years...I think this film had a (rather) fresh approach to it. One of the main issues I had is that it felt like they just couldn't decide (character wise) what they were going for here. At times their approach felt very "tongue in cheek", some parts felt like they were going for "deep, dark and brooding" and at times it felt like they wanted that "torture/horror" feel that seems to be all the rage lately. Each of which can be effective in the horror genre, but are very difficult to do (WELL) all in one film. Had they decided on one or even narrowed it down to two, it may have been better. Making this even more of a challenge was the acting, which was mediocre and slightly cartoonish at times. And the dialog was often times painfully bad. As a first/early film for the Butcher Brothers, it's impressive. As a horror film in general...it is simply o.k.
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