Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
The Butcher Brothers
What's it about
The Hamiltons are your everyday, typical family- well, sort of typical, in that they're children of parents who are recently deceased.. Typical problems, typical dysfunction, angst and love. And don't forget the fact that they are also murderers, killng people in their basement as they see fit.
Is it good movie?
ne of the "8 Films to Die For" from the After Dark Horrorfest, The Hamiltons sports, what seemed to me, to be a somewhat tame premise- your average family who turn out to be psychopaths. You've seen this sort of thing before, that is, until you actually slide this disc into your player and drift off to another place in your mind.
The Hamiltons is really my type of horror film, besides a few minor gripes. It knows to build its characters before launching into the story, in order to have a proper foundation for the rest of the film. The characters are really what makes this film go 'round. You have David, the latent homosexual, Darlene and Wendell, the evil twins, and the youngest Francis, who is beginning to get his bearings with what is going on. Cory Knauf is a great young actor, and really commands the screen as Francis, an absolutely crucial character who anchors the whole film. Darlene and Wendell are also equally balanced characters played well by Joseph McKelheer and Mackenzie Firgins. Also big ups to Sam Child, who does a great job as David- the acting gets this one high marks.
You like it disturbing? Hmm..how about amputations, rape, hints of incest, and a little gore for good measure, too? Its all there. The film is quirky, funny, disturbing, and all around original, once it gets past the original premise. You've got the inner workings of a dysfunctional family, with some nasty murder thrown in. Kudos to the Butcher Brothers from bringing us this bad boy. It wasn't gory enough, but it messed with my head, and I loved it!
Video / Audio
Video's decent enough, a 16x9 widescreen feature that shows a few signs of artifacting, but it serves its purpose.
Audio comes in 5.1 or 2.0 Dolby, and is only ok, nothing too great.
The best feature on this disc is the Commentary with the Butcher Brothers and actor Cory Knauf, these guys are all a blast to listen to. You must listen to this commentary, these guys are creative geniuses, i'd love to chat with 'em.
Want a few deleted scenes? Well, we get a smattering of 'em, less than ten minutes worth, and they're ok, but as usual, these didn't add a whole lot and I can see why they were cut.
A few funny moments can be found in the short Blooper Reel!
Don't forget a few trailers, promoting other films in the 8 Films series.
Think of The Hamiltons as a cross between Party of Five and Six Feet Under with a hint of Gacy mixed in to taste. It's a great, smart and well paced horror film for people who like horror to play havoc with their head and not just their wits. On to the next 7 films to die for!