|Directed by||The Butcher Brothers|
|Produced by||Mitchell Altieri
|Written by||The Butcher Brothers
|Music by||Josh Myers|
|Editing by||Jesse Spencer|
|Distributed by||Lions Gate Films|
The Hamiltons is an independent 2006 horror film directed by the Butcher Brothers (Mitchell Altieri and Phil Flores) and the winner of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and the Malibu International Film Festival. It was also selected for the film festival, 8 Films To Die For.
A suburban family harbors a dark secret: When their parents are killed in a tragic accident, eldest Hamilton sibling David (Samuel Child) relocates the surviving family members to a quiet California suburb and assumes the responsibility of caring for his orphaned teenage siblings; Wendell (Joseph McKelheer), Darlene (Mackenzie Firgens), and Francis (Cory Knauf). While twins Wendell and Darlene seem to share a bizarre incestuous bond that separates them from the rest of the siblings, Francis acquires a video camera that previously belonged to his deceased parents and sets out preparing a school project about his family.
The all-seeing lens of Francis' roving camera begins to reveal that something malevolent is going on inside the Hamilton's picturesque abode. David finds work in a meat-packing warehouse, and is shown to bring some stuff from work home with him, while it is also implied that he is interested in men as he regularly invites male co-workers to go with him to a nearby motel for an evening.
One evening, Wendell kidnaps two young girls whom he meets in a local bar and they are tied in their storeroom. Older brother David drains blood off one of them till she slowly dies. Francis gets attracted to the other girl who tries to get him to help her. But things come to a head when Wendell and Darlene murder one of her classmates and feed off her blood.
When David tries to kill the other girl, Francis hits him in the head and carries her off to a safe hideout at the meat packing plant which is closed for the night. Wendell asks David to follow Francis, as he is the only one capable of persuading him to return. At the barn, Francis, seeing an open wound on the girl's hand, is unable to control his bloodlust and he kills the girl and feeds off her. When David appears, Francis is crying and we see his fangs. Though terribly sad at his actions, he finally seems to be accepting what he really is: a vampire.
With the death of Darlene's classmate, David decides to move somewhere else, and they go to the basement to retrieve the creature locked there, who turns out to be their little brother Lenny.
The family, the Hamilitons, is revealed to be a new breed of vampires who are born that way, not made. They move from place to place to hide their secret of their thirst for blood and to avoid detection from the authorities. In the final scene, we see them introducing themselves to their new neighbors, as the Thompsons, and Francis, now having embraced his newfound status as a vampire, is shown making a happy video of his now complete family.
- Cory Knauf as Francis Hamilton
- Samuel Child as David Hamilton
- Joseph McKelheer as Wendell Hamilton
- Mackenzie Firgens as Darlene Hamilton
- Rebekah Hoyle as Samantha Teal
- Brittany Daniel as Dani Cummings
- Al Liner as Paul Glenn
- Jena Hunt as Kitty Davies
- Tara Glass as Jenna Smith
- Larry Laverty as Larry Davies
- Joe Egender as Allen Davies
- Nicholas Fanella as Lenny Hamilton
- Jackie Honea as Mrs. Hamilton
- John Krause as Mr. Hamilton
- Nathan Parker as Hot Pants
- "The Hamiltons wins Gold at the Santa Barbara Film Festival". Moviesonline.ca. Retrieved 2012-02-19.
- Michael Guillen (2006-05-20). "The Evening Class: 2006 SF HOLEHEAD – The Hamiltons". Theeveningclass.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-02-19.
- "The Thompsons Take Center Stage in the Butcher Brothers' The Hamiltons 2".
- The Hamiltons at AllRovi
- The Hamiltons at the Internet Movie Database
- Directors The Butcher Brothers Interview with HorrorYearbook
- Actor Cory Knauf's Interview with HorrorYearbook
- Review at Dread Central
- Interview with The Butcher Brothers at Dread Central