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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter on DVD Tuesday October 23
October 20, 2012

I haven’t seen Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, but a good friend loved it, since he was in the mood for a cheesy action flick at the time. Now, it’s coming to home video on Tuesday, October 23, just in time for Halloween. For an historical action thriller, it doesn’t look too bad. Here’s the theatrical trailer:

It’s based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith (who also wrote the screenplay, as well as the Dark Shadows movie) and stars Benjamin Walker as Lincoln and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as his wife Mary Todd.

Benjamin Walker as Abraham Lincoln

There’s a lot of axe-wielding by Benjamin Walker as Abraham Lincoln

The Blu-ray includes commentary by Grahame-Smith and a “making of” in five parts:
• Dark Secrets: Book to Screen
• On the Set: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
• Vampire Hunting: Fight Choreography
• The Art of Transformation: Make-Up Effects
• A Visual Feast: Timur Bekmambetov’s Visual Style
Plus, there’s an “animated graphic novel prequel” called “The Great Calamity” about how vampires came to be in the U.S.

Dominic Cooper in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Dominic Cooper (Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger) plays Lincoln’s mentor

Did you see the movie? What did you think? Would you recommend it?

5 Responses  
Jim Perreault writes:  

I greatly enjoyed the movie ; it’s exactly what you’re friend says it is “a good, cheesey action flick.”

I did not think the action scenes were particularly well choreographed (I guess I’m spoiled by Sarah Michelle Gellar doing her own stunts in Buffy), but the movie does have some spectacular visuals and the over all story is fun. Definitely worth a rental.

I liked it enough that I read the book, which deals with much deeper themes of death and mortality.

 
Johanna writes:  

I just watched it, and I would agree, although I’m not going to read the book.

 
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter » DVDs Worth Watching writes:  

[…] Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter jumps right into things, with Lincoln as a boy trying to stop the whipping of a black child, which leads to his father’s showdown with his evil employer — who turns out to be, of course, a vampire, who kills Lincoln’s mother. It’s juicy pulp, especially once we jump to young man Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) facing off with the killer (Marton Csokas) years later. […]

 
James Schee writes:  

I don’t know if I can enjoy this movie or not. There is a part of me that wonders about fictionalizing the life of a real life person. I’ve seen stories before that were fiction that had real people guest and such, and that was fine as it set the time they were in. Yet this is sort of odd.

Maybe with Lincoln being so far in the past, it’ll be differnt when I do watch this.

 
Jim Perreault writes:  

James, from what I recall the movie (and the book for that matter) stayed pretty close to Lincoln’s life, inserting vampires at appropriate places.

But if you don’t like the premise, you probably won’t like the movie.

 

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