Continuing with my quest to present a few over the top movies before settling down for some more normal horror flicks, last night feature was Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. This is the absolutly true story of the 16th President of the United States of America, just not the version that they teach in schools. I don’t know about you but I’ve been to Gettysburg and D.C. several times and the guys controling history didn’t present any of the facts shown in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. They would have us believe that the American Civil War was fought over states rights. Ha!
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter tells the tale of young Abe’s first run in with vampires and how they killed his mother. He tries to get revenge and finds a mentor instead. Pre-President Lincoln goes on a training spree and selects the ax as his “ax”. Honest Abe starts killing vampires but eventually comes to realize that there is a larger struggle. It seems that vampires are controling the southern states and using slaves as a food source. Lincoln decides to run for president to combat the Vampire Confederacy. Things come to a head at the Battle of Gettysburg. Guess which side wins?
OK Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a bit of far fetched history but it’s also pure fun. The story actually makes sense in a twisted sort of way. Benjamin Walker is excellent as the kick ass scourge of the undead, Abe Lincoln. He’s great in the ax swinging vampire killing scenes and he looks like the guy he’s portraying. The rest of the cast hold up their end, to say the least. Both the vampire special effects and the action are top notch. There’s a fight on a train crossing a burning bridge that is spellbindingly filmed.
I first saw Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter at the theater and the joint was jumping. If I remember correctly it came out right after the critically acclaimed but boring Lincoln with Daniel Day-Lewis. That was an interesting version of the events surrounding the completion of the War between the states but no where near as entertaining as Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Once you see the Rail Splitter chopping off a couple of vampire heads, you too will understand why Abraham Lincoln was included on Mt. Rushmore.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter