Five Nights at Freddy‘s is gathering steam in Hollywood, with Poltergeist director Gil Kenan signing with Warner Brothers to helm the feature, based on the popular horror game. The first in a new wave of video game-based movies on the horizon (Angry Birds I can see, but Cut the Rope? Seriously?), it looks like WB is taking this project seriously, with Kenan and Tyler Burton Smith also scripting the film. Deadline reports that Roy Lee (Lego Movie) and Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) will be producing the film. (more…)
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.
If you watch this new trailer for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, you might be surprised because this almost makes the film sound like a damn bio-pic. Also you might notice that the Emancipation Proclamation has never been more bad ass, what with the action scenes and the Two Steps from Hell soundtrack… Obviously, I can’t speak for you guys, but I’m actually pretty stoked to see this one.
Check out the trailer below:
Abraham Lincoln, in the guise of actor Benjamin Walker, who portrays the 16th president in the summer movie thriller ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, and the film’s cast and crew, will visit the sailors serving aboard the Navy aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in June.
As history’s most beloved U.S. president and, according to the movie, its greatest hunter of the undead, Walker will be joined aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln by co-stars Anthony Mackie and Erin Wasson, as well as by the film’s director Timur Bekmambetov, screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith and producer Jim Lemley. Walker will introduce a special screening of ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER for the thousands of sailors serving on the carrier, and the cast and filmmakers will distribute Lincolnesque top hats, as well as fangs – tools that will help the sailors decide, in the words of one of the film’s promotional taglines, if they’re patriots or vampires.
In addition, the sailors will receive movie tie-in edition books, provided by Grand Central Publishing, and special graphic novels conceived by Bekmambetov.
The cast and filmmakers will screen the film at two additional bases at undisclosed locations.
“We’re very excited that 20th Century Fox and Navy Entertainment wanted to provide ABE’s crew the opportunity to preview the new ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER movie while we’re out here on deployment,” said Capt. John D. Alexander, Commanding Officer of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). “We’re extremely fortunate that the studio wants to give us an early showing. It’s something that we’ve never experienced before on this ship, and we’re extremely grateful for their willingness to share this with our sailors.”
“This is really exciting for me to meet the ABE’s crew and screen for them our film ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER,” said Benjamin Walker. “I hope it brings them excitement, goodwill and a taste of home.”
Added the film’s producer Jim Lemley: “We are pleased and proud to have this opportunity to visit with the men and women serving on the USS Abraham Lincoln. We hope they enjoy our film and know how much everyone in the United States appreciates their service.”
ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER puts down stakes in theaters everywhere June 22, 2012. The film explores the secret life of our greatest president, and the untold story that shaped our nation. Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov (director of Wanted) bring a fresh and visceral voice to the bloody lore of the vampire, imagining Lincoln as history’s greatest hunter of the undead.
It’s a pretty sad world when a movie called Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter seems more badass than the last five straight-up vampire movies that have been released, but there it is…
And here is the wicked new red band trailer for ALVH, which features lots of blood and mid-air decapitations. Also it features a pretty villainous sounding Rufus Sewell as Lincoln’s vampire nemesis. Take a look at the new trailer courtesy of IGN below:
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, adapted by Seth Grahame-Smith from his own novel and directed by Timur Bekmambetov and produced by Tim Burton, stars Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jimmi Simpson, Robin McLeavy, Alan Tudyk and Rufus Sewell. It will be in theaters on June 22, 2012.
Russian director Timur Bekmambetov is currently putting the finishing touches on his adaptation of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. And now, in honor of his Russian-ness, we have the Russian-language trailer for AL:VH, which somehow makes the film even more badass. Check out the Russian trailer (thankfully sans the Johnny Cash) below:
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.
So, is Tim Burton still cool for being weird and quirky? Sure it’s his signature style, but he’s been beating that spikey haired stripped sock wearing dead horse since the 80’s. See, Fox recently premiered the Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter trailer at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum in Springfield, IL. (naturally) and Burton had a small video intro for the event that you can watch after the jump. (PLUS some behind the scenes footage!)