What is a vampire?
Well, immediately the answer is drinks blood, dies in the light, has an aversion to the crucifix and garlic. They are pale in appearance, have extended canines, dress predominantly in black and let’s not forget they are nocturnal. This is an answer that would come from having to describe a fantasy creature, born into horror films and books. Now I’ll put it a different way…
What do you call a creature that (does none-of-the-above, except) drinks blood?
Answer: A Hamilton
This is what the film The Hamiltons is about. I hope I haven’t spoilt the terror by revealing the punch line. I can’t help but marvel at the concept. Ordinary people, ordinary looking, speaking, talking, walking, etc need blood to survive. It’s a strange concept.
It kind of defeats the whole concept of these nocturnal/religious creatures…doesn’t it?
While I was getting into the first half of the film, your first impression is that these people are mentally disturbed. Severely mentally disturbed, and I’ll make sure that there is a capital ‘s’ on severely. It is a valid question. Why would a family kill people if there is no gain from it?
Whenever people are murdered…there is some kind of motive behind it. Occasionally you’ll get your Ted Bundy who’ll rack up a few corpses just for the heck of it. Most people that murder other people, do so because they will benefit in some way, be it money, power, freedom, justice and so forth.
This film has all the stamps of a decent horror. The intro of a terrified girl in a room dying to get out, but then cries quietly when she hears an unknown beast trying to get her. The use of the video camera. This is fairly common since it stays zoomed in and creates suspense by deliberately ‘cutting out’ expressions and environment.
Overall a very good horror. Its on the gory end of the genre, supported by an unusual and strong cast. From the DVD cover it garnered a few awards, which in my opinion were well deserved. I can’t find too much criticism other than the storyline itself was pretty linear, relying on the characters to carry through. Definitely worth a watch on a dark and lonely night. I wouldn’t re-watch this one because of how the storyline is built up.
The Hamiltons * * * *
(out of 5)
The reason for not pushing to a five is a) the storyline b) the supporting actors and c) not re-watchable. Although definitely a shit load of fun for a first-timer!