Skip to comments.'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' review: (Dedicated to the proposition of Vampire destruction)
Posted on 06/21/2012 1:41:20 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
The title, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," guarantees about 15 good minutes. Just on the strength and novelty of the gimmick - combining the real details of Lincoln's life with a secret antivampire history - the movie was bound to command a certain absurd appeal. The trick was in getting audiences past those 15 minutes, and that's what the movie does.
Based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" is a money-making stunt that its author - who also wrote the screenplay - wisely decided to treat with seriousness, or at least an attitude of seriousness.
Instead of getting smirky and campy and blowing out the joke in the first few scenes, Grahame-Smith and director Timur Bekmambetov straight-face it. They ask themselves, well, what would it be like if the main struggle of Lincoln's life were with vampires intent on taking over the new world? And they answer the question as realistically and soberly as they can within this loony framework.
A greater Lincoln
Further, they invest emotionally in the conceit of the story and in Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) as a man. Imagine: He didn't just save the union and free the slaves. Here was a man dedicated to the proposition that all vampires must be destroyed. That makes for an even greater Lincoln, one yet more worthy of reverential treatment.
Along the way, Grahame-Smith comes up with a metaphor that is appropriately descriptive of slavery and flattering to the Union. In this telling, the Old Confederacy was a hotbed of vampirism. Perhaps this should not come as a big surprise, given that the slaveholders were sucking the life out of their slaves.
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We now have wise-guy reviews like:
“Timur Bekmambetov’s revisionist take on the 16th president brings the evisceration proclamation” — THE GUARDIAN
“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ taps the wrong vein” — San Jose Mercury News
“Gettysburg redressed in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” — National Review
All I can say is this — If you like the premise, you should just go with the flow. You cant take this movie too seriously. Dont be a snob. This is a fun movie that youll have to suspend reality for in order to enjoy it.
Lincoln haters will whine about how he unjustly oppressed the undead, and that left alone, the undead problem would have withered away on it’s own, and how frankly, plenty of the undead fought for the living and were decorated for doing so.
Counting down to the arrival of the Lincoln-haters.
The Chuck Norris of the 19th century!
When history teachers start being overrun with papers and test answers claiming Lincoln hunted vampires, you’ll know it all started here...
From a review I read in the MSM paper, the screenwriter is a bearded marxist, commie. He said he read a lot of Lenin and couldn’t write about him as a vampire hunter.....(presuming he meant he had too much respect for the murderer).
RE: I don’t understand the fascination with vampires.
Vampires are about fantasy. Immortality and unconstrained sexuality where choices must be made and pleasure without guilt.
Isn’t that what a lot of people secretly crave for? In a sense they are living their fantasies through the vampires’ life.
William Jefferson Clinton: Succubus Seeker
Coming soon to a theater near you...
Not a Lincoln-hater, but I didn't like some things he did. He took liberties with the Constitution that put him in league with the biggest of the big-government Presidents we've ever had.
On the other hand, he did preserve the union. I might have done differently than Lincoln, but at what cost? The States divided might have been ripe for the picking by a foreign power like Russia, France or Britain. We might now again be British colonists, but for Lincoln.
King Obama, King George, what is the difference?
We need to push the refresh button.
Better chance of a hot queen with English royals than the Chicago girlie-man
“What a bunch of BS. Everyone knows that it was Lincoln who was the Zombie.”
That’s why John Wilkes Booth had to shoot him in the head.
I thought he yelled something about Lincoln being a dinosaur after he shot him?
I am one. (and proud of it)