I love anything that Tim Burton makes, so when I heard that he was directing Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, I knew that I had to see it!
Based on the New York Times Best Selling novel by Seth Grahame-Smith – which I totally plan on reading once a get a chance! – Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter stars Benjamin Walker (from Flags of Our Fathers), Dominic Cooper (from Captain America: The First Avenger), Anthony Mackie (from The Adjustment Bureau), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (remember her as Ramona from Scott Pilgrim vs. The World?) and Rufus Sewell (of The Tourist). When I first saw the casting list for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, I was a little nervous about the lack of big names…but now that I’ve seen the movie? The cast was perfect – I can’t imagine anyone else in those roles!
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter explores the tragic childhood and early adult life of Abraham Lincoln before he became President, and the untold story that shaped our nation.
My Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter movie review:
I loved the story! The movie begins with Abraham and his family on the dock, where they all work. Several slaves are being loaded into a ship to be taken (assuming they were just sold to a new master) away, and a young African American boy is fighting with the slave master. Abraham jumps in to defend his friend, and the slave master begins to attack him as well. Abraham’s father comes to the boys defense and is fired as a result. Later that night, Abraham’s mother is attacked in her bed, and when she dies, it becomes quite obvious that the slave master was a vampire! Though, it doesn’t seem that Abraham really grasps what the creature is – he just knows that the man killed his mother.
As Abraham grows up, he vows to get revenge on the man that killed his mother, but being young and unskilled, he can not defend himself against the vampire. That’s when Henry (played by Cooper) comes to his rescue and saves his life. Henry explains to Abraham that the man was a vampire and teaches him how to hunt and kill vampires.
Abraham is sent to a small town to wait Henry’s instructions – Henry finds out which locals are actually vampires and sends cryptic messages to Abraham to let him know who to go after. While Abraham is there, he meets Mary Todd, who is being courted by a politician. It takes practically no time at all for her to be stolen away by Abraham! Inspired by Mary Todd’s boyfriends’ political agenda (or lack thereof), Abraham finds himself getting into politics in the small town, with his platform based on things like how bad slavery is for the nation.
As the head of the vampires begin to take notice that their leaders are disappearing, they realize that Abraham is killing them all, and he becomes a target. At this point, Henry reveals to Abraham that the reason slavery is so important in the South is because the plantation owners are all actually vampires, and they feed on the slaves – if slavery were to be abolished, the vampires would begin attacking the entire country and no longer focusing on a small population.
In the end, Abraham Lincoln decides that he is going to abolish slavery, not only to go against the vampires, but because he thinks that it is a vile and cruel institution. In retaliation, the vampires kill his son!
At that point, the vampires join the South in the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln comes up with a plan to kill them – they are going to take all of the silver out of the town and use it as ammunition in fighting the Civil War!
There is a great battle scene as the vampires try to derail the train carrying all of the silver to the battle front…but you have to watch that for yourself to find out what happens!
The Blu-ray™ 3D and Blu-ray™ are loaded with killer content and hard action, including an exclusive never-before-scene animated graphic novel prequel about the origins of vampires in the U.S.A. Prebook is September 12.
3-Disc Blu-ray™ 3D & 2-Disc Blu-ray™ Special Features:
- The Great Calamity Graphic Novel
- Audio Commentary with Writer Seth Grahame-Smith
- The Making of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
- Dark Secrets: Book to Screen
- On the Set: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
- Vampire Hunting: Fight Choreography
- The Art of Transformation: Make-Up Effects
- A Visual Feast: Timur Bekmambetov’s Visual Style
- “Powerless” Music Video by Linkin Park
Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter comes to Blu-ray and DVD on October 23rd – just in time for Halloween!!
I received a screener of Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter to facilitate this review, but all opinions are my own!