The Thompsons (2012) (Blu-ray/DVD Combo Review)

The Thompsons (2012) (Blu-ray/DVD Combo Review)
Directed By: The Butcher Brothers
Starring: Cory Knauf, Samuel Child, Joseph McKelheerl
Rated: R/Region: A/1×77/Number of dics: 2
Available from XLrator Media


On the run with the law on their trail, America’s most anguished vampire family heads to England to find an ancient vampire clan. What they find instead could tear their family, and their throats, apart forever. Here the film comes to us in a combo pack with an HD transfer that looks about as good as most newer films look, even if the darker areas of it make that part of it fall short of dazzling.


I’ve seen a few films from The Butcher Brothers and I won’t say that I’ve been blown away. I won’t say I have ever been bored by their work either, but I’ve never been blown away. The Thompsons is coming to us on what I feel may be the backend of the whole vampire/Twilight craze and to spite a small love interest of one of our vampires in this one, we more or less stay away from anything too Twilighty outside of perhaps the cover. I give credit to the way the movie is presented as we bounce back and forth in the timeline a bit, which is always fun, even if it ends up being nothing more than just a different way to tell the story of the film. And for the record I do think the story could be a little lacking.

But the characters of the film are interesting enough overall. We have our lead that is pretty much by the book for tortured vampires that are bad but not too bad. His love interest at times seems to bounce the line between redeemable and unredeemable as well as tolerable and intolerable with her good looks being the saving grace for this reviewer. Things with the bad guys (or baddest bad guys) build up to a final showdown, but I think things in that portion of the film get rushed, fall apart a little, and come up just a bit short. Still, The Thompsons isn’t a bad movie. It isn’t spectacular, but it is good enough to be worth a watch, especially if you do like the original, The Hamiltons.


– Relocating the Family
– Humans to Monsters
– Awakening the Project
– Families
– The Renglestone Inn