Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a 2012 American 3D supernatural horror film based on the 2010 mashup novel Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. The story of how President Lincoln’s mother  death by a supernatural creature fuels his passion to crush vampires and their slave-owning helpers.

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter is also a novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, released on March 2, 2010 through New York based publisher company Grand Central Publishing

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter is also a novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, released on March 2, 2010 through New York based publisher company Grand Central Publishing

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 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 bloodthirsty lore of the vampire, imagining Lincoln as history’s greatest hunter of the undead.

Burton, Bekmambetov, and the cast and crew of ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER welcome you to the secret, action-packed life of an American icon. A hero by day…and a superhero by night. Their film has the action, thrills, cutting-edge visual effects and 3D, and monstrous creatures of the undead, you’d expect from a title that includes the words “vampire hunter.” But through its portrait of a beloved historical figure, it is grounded in reality. This is the Lincoln you know – with one additional quality of which you were unaware. Until now.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter stars Benjamin Walker as the titular hero; Dominic Cooper as Henry Sturges, Lincoln’s mentor in vampire hunting; Anthony Mackie as William Johnson, Lincoln’s valet and friend; and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Mary Todd Lincoln, Abe’s wife. The screenplay is by Seth Grahame-Smith and Simon Kinberg, based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith. The producers are Tim Burton, Timur Bekmambetov, and Jim Lemley. Timur Bekmambetov is the director.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, Illinois presents history in a way that’s seldom been done before. Ghosts, booming cannons and lurking villains combine with rigorous authenticity and priceless original artifacts. During pre-production of ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, the filmmakers were thrilled that the Museum opened its doors to them, offering the production invaluable information and support.

SETH GRAHAME-SMITH (Co-screenwriter) is the author of the best-selling book Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, upon which the film is based. He wrote the screenplay (based on characters created by Dan Curtis) for the upcoming film “Dark Shadows,” directed by Tim Burton, starring Johnny Depp. Grahame-Smith is well known as the author of the New York Times best-selling novels “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” both of which are being adapted as feature films. “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” was optioned by Lionsgate Entertainment, with Natalie Portman producing. Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg formed a production company Katzsmith, which is currently developing a diverse and exciting slate of new projects for television and film.

Filming began in Louisiana in March 2011, and the film is being produced in 3D. It is scheduled to be released on June 22, 2012.

Review Summary

2.4 out of 5
Actors
2.7 out of 5
Story
2.1 out of 5
Timeless value
2.4 Fair 2.4 out of 5