Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Director: Timur Bekmambetov

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter unsurprisingly revolves around Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States. During his childhood Lincoln witnesses the death of his mother at the hands of a vampire. Nine years later, he makes the acquaintance of a man named Henry Sturgess. Henry makes a deal with Abe: he will teach him all he needs to know about vampire extermination if Abe promises not to seek vengeance for his mother’s death.

Armed with a silver plated axe (surprisingly useful) and the knowledge he gains from his mentor, Lincoln relocates to Springfield, where he works as a store clerk by day and hunts vampires by night. Many years later he becomes the president of the US, leaving his vampire-hunting days behind until he finds out that the Confederate forces have enlisted the help of vampires to help them defeat the Union. To stop Civil War-era America from being taken over by the walking dead, he embarks on a secret mission to defeat them.

I went into this movie with mixed emotions. Abraham Lincoln, arguably the greatest American president, leading a secret life as a vampire hunter? Really? However, this movie delivers exactly what you would expect from its title. It’s a ridiculous and over-the-top action/horror flick. The action scenes were very well done, and the CGI was entertaining to say the least. I highly recommend watching the film in 3D — the last action scene alone is worth paying the extra cash. If you do end up seeing the film, don’t expect any historical accuracy. Just watch in amazement as Abraham Lincoln decapitates vampires for the good of the nation.

3.5 / 5 stars

This article first appeared in Issue 21, 2012.
Posted 4:26pm Sunday 19th August 2012 by Critic.