Release Date: June 22, 2012 Studio: 20th Century Fox Director: Timur Bekmambetov Screenwriter: Seth Grahame-Smith Starring: Benjamin Walker, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Dominic Cooper,Adam Rockoff MPAA Rating: R (violence throughout and brief sexuality)
The film explores the secret life of our greatest president, and the untold history that shaped our nation. As a young boy, Abraham Lincoln witnesses the shocking death of his mother, leading him on a path to an ongoing war – and ultimately to the presidency – he chronicles in a hidden diary. The journal reveals the incredible story of a clandestine warrior who never stopped fighting for the country he led and the people he loved.
Fox Home Entertainment has revealed details for its Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD which is arriving on October 23rd.
The film – which opened in the midst of the summer movie season – explores the secret life of Abraham Lincoln before he became President, and the untold story that shaped our nation.
Tim Burton produced and Timur Bekmambetov directed this adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel.
Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Rufus Sewell star. Head inside for a list of bonus content.
An audacious concept and over the top action sequences make Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter worth checking out as long as you’re on board for vampire killing presidents.
This film is based on the book by Seth Grahame-Smith. Everyone thinks that they know the story of Abraham Lincoln, but the truth is far stranger than the fiction. As a young boy, Abraham Lincoln’s mother is killed by a vampire known as Jack Barts. Lincoln grows up seeking vengeance on the monster, but when he has his chance to kill Barts, he finds himself woefully unprepared. He is only saved at the last second by a vampire hunter named Henry Sturgess. Sturgess takes Lincoln under his wing as an apprentice vampire hunter. Lincoln refines his fighting skills and vampire hunting techniques. When he is ready, Sturgess sends Lincoln to Springfield, Illinois to start ridding the town of vampires, but Lincoln finds himself torn between his duty as a vampire killer, his blooming political career, and his newfound love for Mary Todd.
Going into Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, my biggest question was what the tone of the movie would be. Would they nod and wink at the camera, fully acknowledging what they were doing was absurd? Would it be funny? Would it be serious? There were a lot of different ways they could go with this. Ultimately, they ended up playing it totally serious. As young Abraham Lincoln swings his axe around and 3D blood spurts out of the screen, they play it the same way they would in any action-horror movie. It just so happens that the action hero is also the former president. And for the most part this serious approach does work. There were times when I would sit back and realize, “I’m watching Abraham Lincoln kill vampires with an axe.” It would feel like it was some sort of “Saturday Night Live” skit of a “Funny or Die” parody, but then you’d be immersed back in the story again and go along for the ride. It’s a bizarre, strange mix that they actually make work fairly well. The sheer audacity of the filmmakers to create a movie called Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and get it on the screen is worth a tip of the top hat.
Shock Till You Drop has the third and final installment of the Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter motion comic book. We started hosting the comic last week – you can begin reading by clicking this link.
Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jimmi Simpson, Robin McLeavy, Alan Tudyk and Rufus Sewell star in the film.
ShockTillYouDrop.com this week attended the New York Junket for Timur Bekmambetov’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and had a chance to talk with actors Benjamin Walker and Anthony Mackie, who play Abraham Lincoln and his childhood friend Willie Johnson, whose fight with racism has such a lasting impact on the future President, as well as Bekmambetov, author/screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith and producer Tim Burton. Rufus Sewell and Dominic Cooper play two vampires on different sides of the battle in which Lincoln gets caught up in, while Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays his wife Mary Todd Lincoln.
Yahoo! UK & Ireland has released what they are calling a “music trailer” for Twentieth Century Fox’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter featuring Linkin Park and clips from the June 22 release.
The Timur Bekmambetov-directed film stars Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jimmi Simpson, Robin McLeavy, Alan Tudyk and Rufus Sewell. In the movie written by Seth Grahame-Smith, and based on his book, President Lincoln’s mother is killed by a supernatural creature, which fuels his passion to crush vampires and their slave-owning helpers.
While Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is coming to theaters on Friday, thanks to the likes of director Timur (Wanted) Bekmambetov and producer Tim Burton, his earlier mash-up novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies still seems to be in development hell in terms of getting made after going through a number of directors including David O. Russell and Craig (Fright Night) Gillespie.
At the junket for “Abe Lincoln,” ShockTillYouDrop.com asked the author/screenwriter if there’s any progress on that long-in-development movie and whether or not we may see his other period horror novel on the screen any time soon.
Roughly 24 years ago, a young director named Tim Burton made a significant mark with his second feature film, the dark comedy Beetlejuice, which also put actor Michael Keaton firmly on the map while winning an Oscar for its special make-up FX.
A few months back, it was reported that Dark Shadows screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith was working on the screenplay for a sequel and at the junket for Timur Bekmambetov’s adaptation of Grahame-Smith’s novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, producer Tim Burton spoke to ShockTillYouDrop.com about the prospects for a sequel to Beetlejuice, which he claims to be one of his favorite characters.