I didn’t think I was going to like taking a well known historical figure and surrounding him with an absurdly fictitious story, but I did. Based on the book of the same name, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter sinks its teeth into the story of our 16th President, taking a few liberties here and there.
To view this film like a horror movie would be a mistake. It’s not scary. It doesn’t have too dark of a tone. It’s absurd, but there is something that kept me watching. AL:VH does succeed in telling what is already a good story that we know from our history books and adds new details and timelines. It also turns Lincoln into an axe swinging badass, with mixed martial arts skills. Hold on, it gets worse.
From a young age, Lincoln seeks revenge on a vampire that killed his mother. He finds the aid of a self-hating vampire who teaches him how to properly dispatch the living dead. Honest Abe also finds some trusted friends along the way to help him, all while aspiring to greatness and the whole presidential thing on the side.
Abraham Lincoln is played by Benjamin Walker, who may be more famous at this point for being the son in law of Meryl Streep. His name is secondary to Producer Tim Burton. He and Director Timur Bekmambetov have created action sequences that are unlike anything else I’ve seen lately.
While the historical liberties were acceptable, I didn’t like how vampires in this film broke the traditional rules of vampirism. For some reason these guys can walk around in daylight and die at the mere touch of something silver. Summation: these vampires suck.
I suppose though, it’s fun to take a deeper look inside the lives of our historical figures. We know what they did to change the world, but what did their daily lives look like. Filling in those details is what makes this entertainment. Who knows? Rutherford B. Hayes could have been killing zombies in his spare time.
Now I have a sequel to pitch. My history prof is weeping this day.