Title: Night of the Hell Hamsters

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Year: 2006

Genre: Short / Comedy / Horror / Supernatural

Language: English

Runtime: 16 min

Director: Paul Campion

Writer: Paul Campion, Hadyn Green, Mike Roseingrave

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0889209/

While Julie is babysitting; her boyfriend, Karl, comes over and was suppose to bring a Ouija board with him. Knowing better, he leaves the board at home but this doesn't stop Julie from wanting to contact the otherside, as she creates a pseudo-Ouija board out of the children's toys. While screwing around and calling for the spirit of Spozgar, the two unwittingly sumon a demon that possesses the bodies of the pet hamsters.

Our thoughts:
What is there to say about a movie called "Night of the Hell Hamsters" that isn't already said with the title? If the first thing that pops into your mind is a b-style horror-comedy, then you are on the right track. Though what you imagine is no where near close to what actually goes on in this short film that has gained a massive following, that seems to be constantly growing. Especially now that it has an official DVD release.

Oh sure, we've had killer bears, sharks, whales, sheep, rats, etc. but never has absolute terror coming in such a tiny, adorable package. Julie, a teenage girl babysitting a couple of kids for her neighbors, invites her boyfriend, Karl, over for some fun. The two hapless teens of course end up calling forth a demon that possesses the bodies of the families' hamsters. Total mayhem ensues, in which the hamsters make lunch out of poor Karl's nuts. After this, the shit hits the fan with Julie as it no longer becomes a game of survival, but rather about getting some sweet revenge. (Never cock-block a chick.)

Of course "Night of the Hell Hamsters" is more about comedy than anything else. It plays the horror aspect well enough. While the idea is silly, they managed to make the idea of fending for your life from demonic hamsters to actually be scary. Well maybe not scary in the strictest of terms, since this isn't a movie that'll give you nightmares or make you sleep with the lights on. Especially since you'll be busy laughing most of the time, I know I did, and I know you will too. I honestly thought I wasn't going to make it there for awhile, right after I heard one of the hamsters say, "Your boyfriend sucks cocks in hell." That's right, just when you thought this couldn't be any sillier, the hamsters actually speak. Why not though, they are possessed by some unholy spirit? Anyways, I never thought I'd live to see the day where I'd hear Alvin (Alvin and The Chipmunks) using a line from "The Exorcist". Yes, I know, these are not chipmunks, they're hamsters. Though that is the best comparison I could come up with, imagine The "Chipmunks" with British accents, and you'll about have an idea of what the hamsters sound like. There's plenty of other humorous moments in the movie, but for me, that was the highlight.

In the end "Night of the Hell Hamsters" was well acted, well shot and overall well executed and has become one of the more memorable short-horror movie efforts. Now that the movie has had an official release, give it a shot and check it out. The DVD is only about $5 or you can stream it for $2, hard to say no to prices like that.

Positive things:
- Probably the best killer-animal related horror movie.
- Funny and damn entertaining.
- Was very well made.
- One kickass heroine.
Negative things:
- Only lasts for 16 minutes.

Gore: 2/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 3/5
Effects: 2.5/5
Comedy: 3/5

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