Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

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With a title like that, one would assume that Timur Bekmambetov‘s latest film is going to be campier than a Dr. Frank-N-Furter themed Freshers’ party. Well, it’s not.

A young Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) is looking for Jack Barts (Marton Csokas), the man who murdered his mother. He obviously wants to kill him but little does he know that Barts is in fact a vampire. What saves him is the timely intervention of Henry Sturgess (Dominic Cooper), a vampire hunter who eventually takes on Abraham as an apprentice.

The film is a horror-action-adventure-historical-(pseudo)biopic. It sounds preposterous but that’s exactly what it is. It starts off as a simple and straightforward tale of revenge but soon develops into a story of epic proportions that encompasses the American Civil War and the struggle to abolish slavery. (By the way, the South is vampire country.) Amongst all this righteousness is the 16th President of the United States wielding a silver axe and butchering fang monsters. It could have worked, somehow, but the film takes itself too seriously and the irony inherent in such a project is completely overlooked. Pity.

To be taken with several pinches of salt.


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