…based on the book by Seth Grahame-Smith, directed by Timur Bekmambetov, starring Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Rufus Sewell, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
We are of two minds about Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter around these parts. One one hand, it’s a fun summer popcorn movie that takes the semi-ridiculous and makes it cool. On the other hand, my history major hand, it takes a pivotal historical figure and series of events, and throws it in the pop culture schlock-o-meter.
Four Score and Seven Decapitations Ago…
The vampires brought forth onto this continent, a new nation, conceived in darkness, dedicated to the concept that slavery provided a steady food supply and also helps explain why there’s always so many vamps in the south.
Young Abe Lincoln learns the truth when, after he and his father’s disagreement with a river merchant over the treatment of a young slave, Will (Mackie), that merchant pays the Lincolns a visit. Yes, he’s a vampire, and he gives Abe’s mom a little bite-and-drain. Abe watches, horrified, from the attic. She quickly becomes ill and dies, and Abe vows vengeance. Continue reading