Horrorfest 2013 Presents: The Hamiltons (2006, Butcher Brothers: Phil Flores, Mitchell Altieri)

Look I wanted to like this movie a lot. The plot seems basic and yet it hides twists and turns, some well executed others well not so much. I was willing to overlook the shaky acting and the weak dialogue but when the film starts to bore you know you are in trouble. Not to mention the need for better camerawork: I know its low budget yet this feels like bottom of the barrel spending.

Despite all these problems I refused to give up and midway through I was rewarded. The Hamiltons actually has a creepy odd and mysterious atmosphere and tone that kept me watching. Besides the acting is supposed to be naturalistic and I’m guessing that’s the reason for the camerawork as well. Also the last act salvages the movie, pulling a complete 180. I am left to wonder how good this film could have been in more capable hands.

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