The Hamiltons – After Dark Horror Fest – 8 Films To Die For

The Hamiltons – After Dark Horror Fest – 8 Films To Die For

“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.”

Boy, talk about dysfunctional family! The Hamiltons are 4 siblings trying to get along in the world after their parents have died. They have sold the farm they grew up on and now move from town to town, house to house. David (the eldest) is trying to keep things together while his younger siblings (Darlene and Wendell) seem to keep getting themselves in trouble. Francis, the youngest, is just trying to blend in and deal with the squabbles his family seems to have.

Not long after we meet the Hamiltons we realize something isn’t quite right. Wendell has a bad temper and keeps lashing out at people and bringing unneeded attention to the family. But as we progress we see Wendell has more than a bad temper he has a penchant for subduing victims and locking them up in his basement.

Serial Killers?
Deranged Morticians?

As we dig deeper into this demented family we see Francis trying to break free. He doesn’t want to turn out like them and feels they have now gone too far. He tries to get help, tries to get them caught and tries to help the victims.

There is some good acting in this. Samuel Child (David) plays the stiff, awkward and creepy older brother who looks like a mortician. He is full of parental concern and dark humor. He really pulls off innocent, creepy neighbor. He reminds me of (Danny Faster) the mortician character we see in the X-Files.

Joseph McKelheer (Wendell) shows some great acting as the deranged and out of control brother. He has a strong screen presence and will hopefully bring some other deranged characters to life.

I have to say this movie is one of the best in this series. There are some unanswered questions (such as how did the parents die) and a few predictable moments, but overall this is a good movie to watch. Dark humor, tense moments and a plot that keeps moving forward make this worthwhile.

This one is a keeper and is one you will probably watch more than once.

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Old cemetery headstone

Here is another old cemetery headstone. The marble is worn away and you can see the smooth varnish has weathered away quite a bit. This is a massive stone and even in the original the name has been rubbed away. I can only image the work and effort it took to make such a tribute only to have the name vanish as the time passed.

Cemetary headstone

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In Paint Shop it’s pretty easy to use the Text and Bevel tools to carve your own name into the stone. Apply the text on its own layer, then use a bevel which cuts into the stone to make it look like one picture. It works really well and gives a nice personalized eerie nature to it.

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Creepy Cemetery

Here is another cemetery shot I took last year. I was taken with the rusty iron fence around the plot. I’m sure in its day it was quite oppulent and tasteful. And as you can see the tall spire is very weathered and is showing it has been there for quite a few generations.

Old Cemetary

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Old Cemetery

Here is a picture I took last year of a quiet little cemetery at a local church. The cemetery has been there for several generations with many of the headstones going back to the 1850’s. The stones are very weathered and with a lot of them rain and wind has smoothed away the name and date. As you can see many of the sites are starting to crumble and fall apart.

One thing that is always interesting with a cemetery of this size and age is coming across a family plot where the dates are within a few months of each other. I assume some “plague” or disease raveged the young town and they were helpless against it. It makes you wonder what things were like during that time.

Here is my little rendition of a scary little cemetery. I have several more I plan on posting.
A small cemetary

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