Reading some of the reviews of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, you get the sneaking suspicion that a lot of my fellow critics believed they were walking into some camp ground of historical meta-fiction where the 16th President of the United States would dispatch bloodsuckers with some Schwarzeneggerian one-liners. But that’s not the case, and this is where being of the nerdy persuasion has advantages over other critics.
I’m only about 100 pages into Seth Grahame-Smith’s original novel and can say easily that there isn’t an ounce of camp between the pages. It’s no sketch either, as it’s also been compared to a Saturday Night Live skit. The book is a surprisingly thoughtful, well-researched alterna-biography of Lincoln. As if there really was a vampire named Henry carrying around “Honest” Abe’s secret diaries all this time and showed them to Grahame-Smith.
As for the movie, it carries none of the book’s subtlety, but being from the director of Wanted, Timur Bekmambetov, I didn’t expect there to be much. Although clearly more horror flavoured than recent vampire films like Twilight or Priest, the potential for straight-up horror is replaced with absurdest, nearly over the top action sequences complete with CG blood spurts. I think we wanted something closer to Bram Stoker’s Dracula rather than something that feels cut from the cloth of Van Helsing.
The semi-historical vampire action movie Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter opens this weekend. The reviews are coming in, and boy are they mixed. What’s interesting though is that these critics below are praising the filmmakers for their dedication to historical accuracy, and Lincoln portrayer Benjamin Walker is also receiving praise for his performance.
Below are some initial thoughts on the movie. Interestingly there’s none from major critics like Hitfix, Rolling Stone, EW, et al, but chances are we’ll hear from them before Friday.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a strange film, but then it was always going to be. It diverges wildly from the book and mostly for the better, adding more humour and some sense of its own ridiculousness, while also delivering some top notch action scenes. But the story is half formed and the final battle unsatisfying, while the use of the character of Lincoln never really feels essential. And you’d be well advised to catch it in 2D, if you can.2.5/5
There are a lot of amusing nods to historical events and characters that anyone with a high school diploma will find entertaining. But it’s the overall feel of the film that I loved most. Beside’s Walkers spot on Abe, it’s a very dark and violent film. Initially I was sure the studio would want to sell as many tickets as possible to a film that had vampire in the title and slap a PG-13 rating on it. However, Fox, trusting a successful R-rated director in Timur, held nothing back and the film is better for it. It’s incredibly violent and features vampires in the correct and demonic light with which they should be seen. It’s not overly campy but it’s just enough to smirk at and you’ll find yourself saying “Really?” only a few times. The action is far too much fun and grabs you from the first axe swing till the last twirl. Abe’s axe is the new bending bullet.3.5/5
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’s heart may be in the right place — and any film that makes people interested in reading up on the real Lincoln must be commended — but overall the film is, ironically, bloodless, chugging along from Great Lincoln Historical Moment to carefully choreographed action set-piece without ever generating much energy or enthusiasm.5.5/10
There were two new clips for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter that hit television screens over the weekend. You can check out both in the video below. There’s only a couple of weeks until the movie hits the big screen and this NerdBastard just picked up a used copy of the book to read. The plan is to get that read before seeing the movie.
Directed by Timur Bekmambetov, the June 22 release stars Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jimmi Simpson, Robin McLeavy, Alan Tudyk and Rufus Sewell.
The driving force in the movie is President Lincoln’s mother being killed by a supernatural creature, which fuels his passion to crush vampires and their slave-owning helpers.
One of the early surprises out of WonderCon this weekend was the panel for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The panel was moderated by Seth Grahme-Smith the screenwriter of the film and author of the book. Joining Seth were the director Timur Bekambetovand main star Benjamin Walker (Abe Lincoln).
They did a good Q and A for all fans in attendance at this panel. Seth stated how he wanted to keep Lincoln’s life as close as reality as possible. Or as close as you can while he hunts vampires in the night. This films hits theaters this summer on June 22, 2012.
This NerdBastard always gets goosebumps when that Johnny Cash song plays.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter -the fantasy/horror novel turned live action feature film- could be one of the hottest movies of the summer. Seriously, how could you go wrong with an American icon swinging axes like a boss and slaying Vampires? It’s so good, that creatives are already taken sequel. In an interview with Screen Rant, Seth Grahame-Smith – author of the original novel as well as the script for the film adaptation – talked about a sequel potential.
“The short answer is yes, absolutely.”, says Grahame-Smith. Confirming that the Abe Lincoln’s origin story isn’t yet completed in Vampire Hunter, the possibility of a sequel could be in the works. Even with the average history nut knowing that Lincoln was assassinated in April of 1865 this may not be the last we see of the American president. Here’s what director Timur Bekambetov had to say:
“If you read the book there’s an epilogue that leaves things open to that. In the film, without giving anything away, we don’t definitively end the origin story. We leave, not only a mentor story, but also possibly a Lincoln story open.”
“The scary thing is that they can convert you.”, says Bekambetov. “This is the scariest thing. Because we know that Lincoln was killed in the theater, but the whole movie you are afraid that they will bite him and we don’t know who was killed in that theater, and how…”
Could it be that Abe would return as some kind of Wesley Snipes‘ Blade, slaying vampires while fighting his own thirst for human blood? Sounds like a worthwhile sequel for the man who freed the slaves- in between chopping off Vampire heads.
Starring Benjamin Walker, Rufus Sewell, Dominic Cooper, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Anthony Mackie and Alan Tudyk, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is set to arrive in theatres everywhere June 22nd, later this year.
The American people love the image of their President being a total badass. Think Washington crossing the Delaware, Harrison Ford telling those terrorists to, “Get off my plane!” We want our leaders to be ass kickers. And with that thought in mind, I think America is totally ready to embrace Abraham Lincoln as a vampire hunter.
Watch the new international trailer for Timur Bekmambetov‘s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, containing some new footage, below.
In addition to the new trailer there’s also a new featurette with short talking head clips from director Bekmambetov, producer Tim Burton, and others.
Based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, who also penned the script, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter stars Benjamin Walker as Lincoln, as well as Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Alan Tudyk, Anthony Mackie, Rufus Sewell, and Erin Wasson.
The film explores the secret life of our greatest president, and the untold history that shaped our nation. As a young boy, Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) witnesses the shocking death of his mother, leading him on a path to an ongoing war – and ultimately to the presidency – he chronicles in a hidden diary. The journal reveals the incredible story of a clandestine warrior who never stopped fighting for the country he led and the people he loved.
Twentieth Century Fox has dropped the first trailer for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, hitting theaters on June 22. Produced by Tim Burton and directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted), the big screen adaptation stars Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jimmi Simpson, Robin McLeavy, Alan Tudyk and Rufus Sewell. The screenplay was written by Seth Grahame-Smith, based on his own novel.
Just wait until we see some of the Cosplay that will come out of this movie, hot southern vampire chicks and tall lanky Lincolns with axes.
After watching this trailer this NerdBastard is making a change to his “Bug Out” bag with the addition of an axe. A “Bug Out” bag is the bag you have ready to grab at a moments notice in case of alien attack, zombie outbreak, natural disaster, or getting kicked out of the house by the old lady.
What do you think? Does this trailer make Are you going to see this in the theater?
The first footage from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter premiered during a local CBS news report on the real Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. It’s a quirky mix of actual Lincoln history and looks at the upcoming film with some discussion with the film’s lead actor Benjamin Walker.
There’s lots of virtual extras, slow motion, black and white flashbacks. The full trailer should be along tomorrow.
Twentieth Century Fox has put a behind-the-scenes video, an international poster, and a couple of new stills for their upcoming movie, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The two stills are not much to look at but it does drive home the point that Abe loves, and will be swinging his favorite axe. The movie poster is not what I was looking for either, we need to see Abe in the oval office polishing his axe.
Be sure to check out the behind the scenes video, it’s fun.
Directed by Timur Bekmambetov, the supernatural thriller is based on the book by Seth Grahame-Smith, who also penned the script. Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jimmi Simpson, Robin McLeavy, Alan Tudyk and Rufus Sewell star in the June 22 release.
Honest Abe was no stranger to the axe, he probably used one everyday for a number of years in his early teens. This NerdBastard has been on the fence about these historical/fictional/monster/mashups and haven’t been able to make myself sit down with one and give it a try. (That’s from a guy that reads about 4 to 6 new books a month.)
So I am not gonna say anything except that I didn’t have high hopes for this movie, dreading some tongue in cheek, horrible dialogue and goofy fight scenes. Seeing this picture though has changed my mind. (I just called and had a copy held at the local bookstore.) Maybe this will be handled with some class, just think about what Lincoln went through with the loss of his child to disease, the crushing responsibility of the war.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted)
Benjamin Walker as Lincoln
Dominic Cooper (The Devil’s Double) as Lincoln’s mentor
Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker) as Will, Lincoln’s best friend
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgim VS The World) is Mary Todd
Andy Tudyk (Firefly) as Stephen A. Douglas
The film is scheduled for 3D theatrical release on June 22nd, 2012.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a re-imagining of the 16th President’s life that depicts him as an axe-throwing, highly accomplished killer of vampires — an obsession of his since those bloodsuckers supposedly took the life of his mother. Lincoln eventually learns that the vampires have fled to the southern states of the U.S. and are concocting a plan to conquer and enslave the entire country — this in turn leads to the Civil War between the Union and the Confederacy, the latter of which the vampires are aligned with.