SPOILER ALERT: House of Hammer, a review of the Armie Hammer documentary

// By: Steff Fink

Wed 7 September, 2022

Do you remember when in 2020 after the success of Call Me By Your Name the internet exploded with rumors that Armie Hammer, aka one of the most handsome men in Hollywood, was a cannibal? And no, I’m not talking about a remake from Hannibal starring Armie, I’m talking about the fact that texts and testimonies actually came out that accused him of being a cannibal, supposedly, among many other perversions.

And while Hammer never really ate anyone, to our knowledge at least, show business went berserk over accusations from two of his ex-girlfriends about Hammer’s peculiar tastes in and out of the bedroom. Messages that basically expose him not only as a obsessive of the bondage and sadomasochism if not something that goes further to a level where he ended up marking his initial with a knife on the body of one of his ex-girlfriends.

If you don’t remember correctly, it all started in 2020 when an Instagram account called House of Effie posted messages accusing Armie of sexually abusing her. The messages were later accompanied by a video where Effie in question spoke directly to the camera, telling everything that happened to her. Seeing this, one of his ex-girlfriends, Victoria Vucekovich, realized that it was the same pattern of behavior and abuse that he had used on her and came to light confirming everything that Effie said and telling her version and from there a snowball that ended up in this documentary.

The interesting thing about the documentary is that it goes beyond Armie’s relationships and life and narrates an entire investigation, supported by the book that his aunt, Casey, wrote about the entire Hammer family, showing how psychopaths really run in the family. And so, over three 1-hour chapters, the network is slowly dismantled not only of madness among the Hammer men, but also of the illicit activities that their great-grandfather, Armand Hammer, an industry tycoon, created and maintained. oil company that was involved in all kinds of illegal activities such as money laundering, bribery and diversion of resources for espionage (the documentary reveals that Armand financed part of the operation behind the Watergate scandal). Until we got to the point where we found out that his great-great-grandfather was a Russian spy who basically founded the communist party in America.

The documentary makes a very important point: money is power and moves everything and the Hammer family can basically do whatever they want because Armand’s money and connections made them “untouchable”. Such was his power that Prince Charles went so far as to say openly that he “was in his debt.”

Now who is Casey Hammer and why did he write a book against his family? Casey is Armie’s aunt, sister to her father Michael, and daughter to businessman Julian Hammer. In addition to ex-girlfriends and family friends, she is the closest source to the Hammers to testify for the documentary, not only admitting that her nephew’s news did not come as a surprise to her due to the ‘generational pattern’ of violence that abounds. in her family, also revealing that she was abused by her father. This is important because she confirms not only the accusations against Armie, but she gives us a insight about the behavior of all the men in his family. Casey broke up with her family after Armand dies leaving her with nothing but $250,000 and inheriting it all to his brother.

I perfectly remember how surreal it felt when the press said that Armie Hammer was a cannibal, it was so surreal that most people didn’t believe it. His fans even turned violently against the women who accused him of being a rapist and abuser. And although this was really the hook with which they grabbed to make this documentary, the reality is that apart from a text message where he says “I’m 100% a cannibal” there is no evidence to show that he is. But beyond morbidity, the project seeks to dismantle violent behavior in the actor and the rest of his family.

Since the accusations arose, Armie entered rehab and therapy to “improve his sexual behavior and hobbies”, a marketing strategy that many actors and celebrities do to try to avoid a problem and save their career. Currently no charges have been filed against Armie and he was recently seen with a new girlfriend in California, although according to the documentary, the family stopped supporting him financially. But then several questions come to me: Will he try to revive his career? Will people in Hollywood forget him? And did the family really cut off all economic income? Let’s not forget that Armand inherited everything, EVERYTHING, from Armie’s dad.

SPOILER ALERT: House of Hammer, a review of the Armie Hammer documentary