Monday, November 20, 2006

The Hamiltons (2006)

Note: This review is part of my coverage of After Dark Horrorfest: 8 Films To Die For.

The Hamiltons

A modern-day family of vampires tries to fit in with normal society. After the death of their parents, they struggle to keep the family together and avoid revealing their secret, all the while they thirst for more victims. One of the kids in the family is at that age where he's questioning who he is and what his place in the world is, and he has to grapple with the truth of his nature, and whether or not to reveal the family's secret.

I thought this was a very enjoyable movie. There was a lot of drama, and the characters were fun to get to know. Plus, you're trying to figure out all the while what exactly is wrong with this family and whether or not the one kid will turn them in. It's like American Beauty with vampires. And these vampires aren't your cliche vampires, either. They're almost perfectly normal. Except the one girl does wear a lot of goth makeup, but that's not unusual in this day and age either. Overall, it was a very entertaining movie, and definitely not a typical vampire flick.

Reasons for banning: Honestly, there doesn't really seem to be much to keep this movie from normal channels. There are obviously some bloody scenes - more bloody than gory. And you've got people held captive and treated like cattle, but it's nowhere near as graphic or disturbing as a movie like Hostel. And then there's the scene where the twins kiss. Nothing really that bad, though.

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