#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Trying to move on with their lives, and keep their family together after the untimely demise of their parents, the four Hamilton siblings are left all alone to fend for themselves. At first glance, the Hamiltons seem like an ordinary family, and they will do everything in their power to adjust to their new neighbourhood; however, troubled Francis’ video camera reveals that there is more to the grieving newcomers than meets the eye. After all, is it normal to keep people captive in your basement?
Plot: 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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Efficiently captures the spirit of 70s and 80s horror
I saw this film at Cinequest, the San Jose Film Festival, in March of 2006. The Hamiltons is a movie with writing and directing credit going to “The Butcher Brothers”. I think this is a name we will be seeing more from in the future. They’ve managed to put together a good old-fashioned scare fest, with some very powerful shocks along the way, all while using very basic gore and makeup effects.
The movie is about a group of grown siblings, whose parents have died, who are living together as a family unit, trying to be a “normal” suburban family. But they have a terrible secret. Part of that secret is that they abduct and kill people (mostly lovely young women). The rest of the secret is what keeps us involved throughout the mayhem that follows.
They’ve managed to create an atmosphere similar to Texas Chainsaw Massacre, without being quite so gruesome or so unrelenting. Mixed among the powerful killing and torture scenes are scenes of banal domestic dysfunction. They are obviously big horror fans and sprinkle the movie with references to the movies genre fans love.
My only complaint is that they overindulge in camera tricks. Some of the tricks are very effective. In the pre-credit scene a woman is killed, but the violence occurs in a series of extremely rapid cuts (I’m guessing maybe 3 per second) which keeps us from quite seeing what’s happening. This allows our bloody imaginations to do much of the work and keeps us from noticing how simple the make-up effects are. I would like to have seen them use this technique again, but instead they went on to try every camera trick they could think of.
The youngest brother is camcording much of the family action, he says for a school project. This gives the directors an excuse to have many square-cropped, bouncy scenes, with jagged edges around the objects and low resolution. Other scenes are grainy with a shot-on-videotape-in-poor-lighting look. Much of the movie is in high-resolution, beautiful 35mm. Then, even more distractingly, they start mixing up the resolution and cropping mattes, so that we get a high resolution square shot, supposedly from the camcorder, so the actor can look good in close up. There’s a couple of scenes where the shot alternates between two actors in dialog and one of them is shot in the grainy tape-look format while the other one is in high-res 35mm. Nearly all of the violent scenes are augmented? by quick-motion, tracers, vibrating cameras, or something else to add impact not present in the action itself. I’m sure they had fun playing all these camera games. The problem is that it draws us out of the story. I spent much of the movie’s time thinking about such things, instead of wondering what they were going to do to those poor girls next. There are a few soundtrack scares, but they don’t overdo this.
If it ever gets released, I’ll want to see it again. The camera tricks do not make the movie unwatchable, they’re just distracting. It’s a much better movie than a lot of low-budget horror and it left me with the kind of feeling I get from the old 70s and 80s slashers, but it’s not as graphic.
OK, but needed to be nastier.
Meet The Hamiltons: oldest brother David, who likes to murder transient homosexuals; twins Wendell and Darlene, a couple of sadistic nut-jobs who delight in suffering and incest; tortured soul Francis, who reluctantly assists his family in their gruesome activities; and Lenny, who remains unseen for most of the film, locked in a room in the basement.
The opening scene of The Hamiltons, which sees a pretty woman waking to find herself bound and gagged in a grimy hellhole full of bloody surgical implements, made me think that I was in for yet another predictable ho-hum psycho-killer/torture horror, and to be honest, much of what followed did little to alter this perception. The story rarely strayed from the expected hoary clichés of that sub-genre, with only Francis’s internal battle with his conscience being of any real interest. The acting was passable, and the direction perfunctory.
To my surprise, however, writers/directors The Butcher Brothers pack in a pretty neat twist at the end of their film which actually helped me to forgive some of the preceding mundanity, although I can’t help but feel that the whole thing would have been much more successful overall had they not relied so much on their clever ending to completely save the day. Despite the film’s subject matter, this one frustratingly holds back on the graphic sex and violence; had they’d been a little more daring in these departments, this could have been something really special.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 26 min (86 min)
Genre Drama, Horror, Thriller
Director Mitchell Altieri, Phil Flores
Writer Mitchell Altieri, Phil Flores, Adam Weis
Actors Cory Knauf, Samuel Child, Joseph McKelheer
Country United States
Awards 2 wins
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format Video (HDTV)
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm