Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Night of the Hell Hamsters (2006)

Director: Paul Campion

Writers: Paul Campion, Hadyn Green, Mike Roseingrave

Composer: Andrea Possee

Starring: Ailsa Baker, Beth Charlesworth, Paul Campion, Pete Connell, Ryan Lloyd, Paul O'Neill, Elisabeth Pinto, Stephanie Ratcliff

More info: IMDb

Tagline: From the very pits of hell, furry death on four tiny stumpy feet!

Plot: A young couple unwittingly bring about the apocalypse - by possessed hamsters.

My rating:  7/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

OK, I think I've seen this a half dozen times over the past few years (it's something fun to toss on during a party).  It's one of those things that sound like it began with the title and the filmmakers worked their way backwards.  It is a great title and a fun idea that works well at sixteen minutes. The first half is fast paced and fun but once the hamsters dispose of the first victim that's where things slow down a bit and stays there.  I think since the hell hamsters have been released into the real world they wouldn't muck around, playing with their victim.  Shit would move a lot faster than it does here (thus making it that much more fun for us).  The ending is neat.  Overall it's a cute little film with a surprising amount of gore.  Plus, it's amazing what you can do with editing and sound effects.  It wasn't until I was writing this up that I noticed the writer/director also did THE DEVIL'S ROCK (2011), his only feature film.  That's a very good film and horror fans should seek it out.  Seriously, though, Paul, make some more movies, man!  You've got talent. 

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