Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Writer: Seth Grahame-Smith (screenplay)
Cast: Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

A fully mash-up movie in which the Sixteenth President of the United States kills some nasty bloodsuckers with his Presidential Axe. The idea seems promising, but the final result looks messy.

A few years ago the original novel, the movie is based on, received unexpectedly numerous well-praised reviews. Its genre which was to combine history and horror proved to be a popular one. The author who used this first technique of writing was Mr Smith in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies or later Sense and Sensibility and Seamonsters. Funny and an interesting idea. Mr (Grahame) Smith himself wrote the script for Abraham Lincoln as the revengeful vampire hunter.

Every hero needs to have a motive and so does young Abraham. His mother was killed by a thirsty vampire – from there Abraham’s grudge begins against the filthy suckers. Later on, the movie offers a lot of explanations – even to clarify Lincoln’s success with the Southern US States.

Lincoln is played by the tall Benjamin Walker. Dominic Cooper and Benjamin Walker take on the roles of the ugly villains.

I liked the overall idea of the movie, but it was worked out pretty crappy. The producers had chosen to work it out as seriously as they could. What you get then is something dangling in between the action and drama category. Its historical essence will of course be weakened. Moreover, there is a sudden change of tone in the story. From melodramatic settings we switch to full-fledged action scenes without any prior set-up.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. Nevertheless it serves just fine on a boring Monday night.

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