The Thompsons – USA, 2012

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The Thompsons is an 2012 American horror film directed by the Butcher Brothers (Mitchell Altieri and Phil Flores) and a sequel to their previous film The Hamiltons. The film stars Cory Knauf, Samuel Child, Joseph McKelheer and Mackenzie Firgens.

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On the run from the law, the vampire family the Hamiltons (now known as the Thompsons) heads to England to find an ancient vampire clan known as the Stuarts. Unbeknownst to the Hamiltons, the Stuarts have ulterior motives of their own…

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As Movie Censorship.com reported: “Even though the BBFC initially granted the uncut version its “18” classification, the British DVD will only contain a censored version. Although one can only speculate about the reason why distributor Lions Gate UK made that decision, they also submitted an edited version for a second round. Maybe they didn’t like the initial rating description (strong horror, bloody violence, sex and sexualised violence) since the new description reads differently: strong horror, bloody violence and sex. For those who are still puzzled: the sexualized violence, is missing.” In effect a one minute pre-credits rape sequence has been removed from the UK release.

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“The Butcher Brothers, who direct and co-write, ensure that it doesn’t overstay its welcome, with the flick clocking in at seventysomething minutes minus credits. The Thompsons doesn’t skimp on the vampiric battle royales or the buckets of blood that are sloshed around.” Adam Tyner, DVD Talk

“The 82-minute mash-up of horror, melodrama, and dark comedy doesn’t slow down in one place too often, and newcomer Elizabeth Henstridge (as Francis’ conflicted love interest) adds a nice dash of strange sweetness to a movie that’s, of course, rather bloody and brutal. The new “Brit” vamps are a colorful lot, and the actors returning to play our bloodthirsty anti-heroes are clearly having some fun with their roles.” Scott Weinberg, FEARnet

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