ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER
ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER-United States-2012
Directed by Timur Bekmambetov
Screenplay by Seth Grahame-Smith and based on his novel
“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” is a historical documentary of the true story of how Lincoln freed the slaves from the oppression of their vampire owners. It is a factual and detailed account of Abraham Lincoln and his thirst for revenge after witnessing the murder of his mother at the hands of the vampire Jack Barts. Lincoln is aided in his quest to rid the earth of the undead by his friend and mentor Henry Sturgess; a man who has a dark past all his own and is the only man capable of shaping Lincoln into the warrior he would need to become. The film also recounts the true story of the Battle of Gettysburg and the role that Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad played in aiding our 16th president in his quest to purge the world of the bloodsuckers that inhabit it.
The film stars Benjamin Walker as Lincoln. Walker capably portrays Mr. Lincoln as a man willing to do anything for what he believes in; and what he believes in is freedom for everyone and the absolute annihilation of vampires. Dominic Cooper does a fine job as Henry Sturgess and Anthony Mackie is also good as Lincoln’s longtime friend Will Johnson. Rounding out the cast is Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Mary Todd Lincoln, a woman whose beauty is only matched by the strength of her will and the desire for her husband and the beliefs that he adheres to. Rufus Sewell is full of slimy charm as the vampire slave owner and arch-enemy to Lincoln, Adam.
All told “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” should help to make people more aware of the brave and valiant life that was lived by one of our greatest of presidents. When the history books are revised then perhaps those of us too young to see the film will finally know the truth about slavery, oppression and one man’s battle against the forces of evil.
That is, unless of course this all turned out to be bullshit and was based on a novel or something like that.
Tom Hardy was approached for the title role of Lincoln, but had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts with The Dark Knight Rises. Later, Eric Bana, Timothy Olyphant,Adrien Brody, Josh Lucas, James D’Arcy and Oliver Jackson-Cohen were considered to play the role before Benjamin Walker was cast.
Joaquin Phoenix was the first choice for the role of Henry Sturgess, but turned it down.
Robin McLeavy was considered to play Lincoln’s wife Mary Todd, and was later cast as Lincoln’s mother Nancy.
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Posted on 06/22/2012, in Films Based on Novels or Short Stories, Films released in 2012, Movies, Vampire Films and tagged Abraham Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, AbrahamLincoln, Benjamin Walker, Dark Knight Rises, Dominic Cooper, Lincoln, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Mary Todd Lincoln, Robin McLeavy, Seth Grahame-Smith, Tim Burton, Timur Bekmambetov, United States. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.