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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - Historical Horror - Battle for the Stars and Bars

Updated on August 16, 2014

I'm a sucker for a cheesy horror flick. From vampires to zombies and creature features, the genre calls to me in a really big way.  With Halloween right around the corner, this is the perfect flick.

I define cheesy horror as not too awful scary and the monsters being such as can be dispatched, like a vampire. No demonic possessions or crazed ax murderers for me. Thank you, too real. Throw in a little campy humor, some zingy one liners and you've got my attention.

Having said that, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was a delight. First, huge fan of history and politics here, so I just had to scope it out when I saw the title. I wasn't disappointed.

Our story begins with the future president as a small boy. Without giving away everything, let's just say after loosing his mother to a blood sucker, his path in life is set.

Does anyone do what their parents say?

After the death of his mother, a young Abraham promised his father not to do anything foolish, i.e. go on a mad quest for vengeance against immortal beings that could squash him like a bug.

As is often the case with those robbed of family at a tender age, he grows into a young man more determined than ever to set things aright. After his father's death, Abraham feels released from the promise he made and gets to it with a gusto.

Early on in his vampire hunting career, long before he ever thinks of politics, Abraham bites off more than he can chew. Fate intervenes in the form of a new found friend and mentor, played by the most delectable Dominick Cooper who savs the future leader of the free world from the impetuosity of youth, as well as some nasty fang sporting fiends.

With age comes wisdom.

As our future president matures, he discovers just how embedded in American society the evil bloodsucking fiends have become. In director Timure Bekmambetov's vision, the southern slave trade is run for and by the vampires. What began as a quest for personal vengeance grows into a race to save a nation and ensure freedom for humanity.

While obviously this film takes some serious liberties with history, its got a lot of it right too. Starring Benjamin Walker as Abraham and a most darkly sexy Rufus Sewell as the head vampire in charge, southern style, this movie is packed with action, blood spewing gore and some seriously well choreographed fight scenes.

Movie critics often bite, hard.

If your looking for Oscar worthy drama, this adaptation of the book written by Seth Grahame-Smith isn't it. Critics trashed this film. But, If you're scoping to find a fun horror flick that doesn't take itself too seriously, yet still keeps the action up, the monsters bad and the hero wins in the end, take a stab at watching Abraham Lincoln; Vampire Hunter and see him save a blood soaked stars and bars.

Background image credit; Poetvix

Check out the trailers.


I love how his weapon of choice ends up being an ax. He was a wood cutter after all, just a tiny historical trivia tidbit mixed among the swinging slaying. Scope on a few trailers and a clip or two below.

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I saw this. It was great!Hard core zombie fans will adore this. Heads fly and limbs get lopped off from one blood soaked scene to the next.From an educational perspective, I love movies for teens about actual historic figures. Often, it sparks an interest in what might otherwise be considered boring subject matter.

 

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Adventuretravels: Oh, wow. Hitchcock. It was required reading when I was in elementary school and scared the bejeezers out of me! The Pit and the Pendulum I think it was. Maybe that's why I love horror. I do like being baby scared, not big time scary boo exorcist type scared. Now, THAT was a scary flick! God bless and most happy sqidding :)

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      I don't really like horror films -they scare me too much. My favorites are Hitchcock films - the Birds and Psycho were fabulous. But they're nothing on the more modern horror movies. I don't like being scared.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Heidi Vincent: It's gory and races along after it gets started, but I really enjoyed it and hope you do as well.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      Goodness, no ax murders and demonic possessions for me either. So this movie sounds okay from your review.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Kim Milai: Me too. How many politicians are immortalized as a superhero vampire slayer on film? Very cool.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @WriterJanis2: Here's hoping you enjoy! :)

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      Kim Milai 3 years ago

      Great article. I already love this type of story but now you got me even more excited about it I think the real Lincoln would be very amused :)

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      I hadn't given this much thought until I read your lens and watched the trailer. Now I want to see this.