June 22nd, 2012, by Rob


Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

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Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter Synopsis

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a 2012 American action fantasy horror film based on the 2010 mashup novel of the same name. The film was directed and co-produced by Timur Bekmambetov, along with Tim Burton. The novel’s author, Seth Grahame-Smith, wrote the adapted screenplay. The real-life figure Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States (1861–1865), is portrayed in the novel and the film as having a secret identity as a vampire hunter. Filming began in Louisiana in March 2011 and the film will be released in 3D on June 20, 2012 in the United Kingdom and June 22, 2012 in the United States.

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter plot

Abraham Lincoln lived a secret life before and after becoming the 16th President of the United States. Since the death of his mother by a vampire, he is dedicated to slay the blood-sucking undead who are intent to take over the United States.

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Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter Cast

Benjamin Walker as Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States.
Dominic Cooper as Henry Sturges, Lincoln’s mentor in vampire hunting.
Anthony Mackie as William Johnson, Lincoln’s valet and friend.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Mary Todd Lincoln, Lincoln’s wife.
Rufus Sewell as Adam, the lead vampire villain.
Marton Csokas as Jack Barts, a vampire.
Jimmi Simpson as Joshua Speed, Lincoln’s friend and assistant.
Joseph Mawle as Thomas Lincoln, Lincoln’s father.
Robin McLeavy as Nancy Lincoln, Lincoln’s mother.
Erin Wasson as Vadoma, a vampire.
John Rothman as Jefferson Davis
Cameron M. Brown as Willie Lincoln, Abraham and Mary’s son.
Frank Brennan as Senator Jeb Nolan
Alan Tudyk as Stephen A. Douglas, an American politician from Illinois.

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter Production

The film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was first announced in March 2010 when Tim Burton and Bekmambetov, paired to purchase film rights and to finance its development themselves. The book’s author, Seth Grahame-Smith, was hired to write the script.[10] In the following October, Fox beat other studios in a bidding war for rights to the film, having made a detailed pitch about the film’s production, marketing, and release.

In January 2011, with Bekmambetov attached as director, Walker was cast as Abraham Lincoln. He beat Adrien Brody, Josh Lucas, James D’Arcy, and Oliver Jackson-Cohen for the role. Additional actors were cast in the following February. Filming began in March 2011 in Louisiana. The film has a budget of $69 million and will be produced in 3D.
Release

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was originally scheduled to be released in 2D and 3D on October 28, 2011, but was later pushed back to June 22, 2012. The movie premiered in New York City on June 18. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter also made an unconventional debut with a screening for troops deployed in the Middle East. The movie, which is slated for release on June 22, was screened to over 1800 sailors aboard the Navy aircraft carrier, USS Abraham Lincoln, which is stationed in the Middle East. Several of the film’s stars attended the screening, including Anthony Mackie, Erin Wasson and Benjamin Walker, who dressed in character as Abraham Lincoln. The screening marks the first time that a major motion picture made its debut for United States servicemen and women.
Reception

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter opened to negative reviews. On June 22, Rotten Tomatoes reports a “rotten” approval score of 32%, based on 71 reviews. The consensus reads that the film “has visual style to spare, but its overly serious tone doesn’t jibe with its decidedly silly central premise, leaving filmgoers with an unfulfilling blend of clashing ingredients.” Emanuel Levy of EmanuelLevy.com wrote that “Though original, this is a strenuous effort to combine the conventions of two genres.” The movie also garnered a “mixed or average” score of 42 out of 100 on Metacritic, based on 28 reviews.

Richard Corliss of Time Magazine elaborates, saying that “The historical epic and the monster movie run on parallel tracks, occasionally colliding but never forming a coherent whole.” Christy Lemire of Associated Press meanwhile, comments on the film’s tenor and visual effects, saying “What ideally might have been playful and knowing is instead uptight and dreary, with a visual scheme that’s so fake and cartoony, it depletes the film of any sense of danger,” awarding the film a rating of 1.5 out of 4. Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal agrees, saying, “Someone forgot to tell the filmmakers … that the movie was supposed to be fun. Or at least smart.”

Joe Neumaler of New York Daily News gives the film a rating of 1 out of 5, writing, “This insipid mashup of history lesson and monster flick takes itself semi-seriously, which is truly deadly.” The title is praised by Manohla Dargis of The New York Times, who adds, “it’s too bad someone had to spoil things by making a movie to go with it.” The title is further commented on by Barbara VanDenburgh from the Arizona Republic, who says, “The problem with movies based on a single joke is that a single joke is rarely funny enough to sustain the running time of a feature-length film. And with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, the whole joke is in the title.”

Positive response meanwhile, came from Marc Savlov of the Austin Chronicle, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has heart to spare, and the occasional silvered bayonet to run it through.” USA Today reviewer Scott Bowles remarks, “A stylish slasher of a movie, a monster flick that does its vampires right, if not their real-life counterparts,” giving the film 2.5 out of 4. Further acclaim came from Joe Williams of St. Louis Post-Dispatch, who calls it, “The best action movie of the summer,” and praising the film for presenting “a surprisingly respectful tone toward American values and their most heroic proponent”, calling “the battlefield scenes […] suitably epic” and finally commending leading star Benjamin Walker, “a towering actor who looks like a young Liam Neeson and never stoops to caricature.”
Soundtrack

The soundtrack to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter as composed by Henry Jackman was released digitally on June 12, 2012 and set to be released physically on July 3, 2012. In addition, Linkin Park’s song “Powerless”, from their 2012 album Living Things premiered in the official trailer to Abraham Lincoln and is reportedly set to be played over the closing credits. However, the song was not featured in the soundtrack.

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