The Bottom Line
- Good acting
- Solid production value
- Fast pace
- Characters are flat and not particularly likable
- Starring Cory Knauf, Daniel O'Meara, Mackenzie Firgens, Elizabeth Henstridge, Samuel Child, Ryan Hartwig, Sean Browne, Tom Holloway, Joseph McKelheer, Selina Giles, Sean Cronin
- Directed by The Butcher Brothers
- Rated R
- DVD Release Date: January 1, 2013
Guide Review - 'The Thompsons' DVD Review
The Thompsons is a slick little vampire movie -- attractively shot and well acted with a budget seemingly higher than its predecessor. Bloody and sexual, it plays more like True Blood than Twilight, combined with the outlaw nature of the '80s cult fave Near Dark. It's got a hip indie vibe rife with voiceovers and self-aware flashbacks, but all of the cool trappings don't make the characters any more likable; they're still murderers and borderline sadists who don't "make due" on animal blood, Tru Blood or the like, so it's not always easy to root for these antiheroes. Not helping matters is the fact that writers-directors The Butcher Brothers don't significantly differentiate nor expand the rather stagnant characters (perhaps assuming they did enough of that in The Hamiltons).
Fans of traditional vampire lore may not appreciate this brand of living dead, who walk in the sunlight, have no aversion to crosses and can die from a simple gunshot, but there's enough in this quick-moving film to satisfy horror fans used to much lower-aiming direct-to-video fare.
Special features include behind-the-scenes featurettes.