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Alternative Reality, Vampires

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

Duration 1h 45m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story A book of the same name by Seth Graham-Smith
Writers/Script Seth Graham-Smith
Additional Info It is said that despite the fact that the script was written by the author of the book, there are not many similarities between the two. It seems that essentially only the basic premise remains.
Director Timur Bekmambetov
Starring Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rufus Sewell
Elevator Pitch Abe Lincoln as a boy sees his mother killed by a vampire, and swears vengeance, but it is not until he mets a mysterious stranger as an adult that he is able, with advice and training, to become a vampire killer using a silver tipped axe. Later, in the Civil War, vampires are fighting on the side of the Confederates and so Lincoln, now president, must get out the axe again and formulate a plan that will defeat the undead.
Content Numerous set pieces involving the axe wielding Abe, including a fight on a herd of stampeding horses and one on top of a train; some scenes on iconic battlefields. Some soapbox speechifying in Springfield and a major event as a train fails to make it over a burning bridge. IMDb Content Advisory says there is a bit of sex and nudity but I honestly did not remember it.
A View The general view seems to have been that it is not awful, despite the title. In fact Roger Ebert quite liked it. One thing the script does is take away the main advantage that, traditionally, humans have had over vampires, they can come out in the daylight. I’m not sure that this is a good thing. Although it is watchable, I think it is likely to remain at the bottom of my list of vampire outings.

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Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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