Sometimes you have to question the people that write the history books. I mean, Abraham Lincoln is probably one of the most famous U.S. Presidents of all time and yet they never mentioned this aspect of his life. How the hell could they let this happened. I mean, not only does this documentary prove the existence of vampires but it shows just how much of a bad ass Lincoln was. I can hardly believe…huh…what do you mean this isn’t a documentary. You mean this is just some crazy movie that has no basis on fact aside from some aspects of Abraham Lincoln? What a let down. I am now only partially excited to watch Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
The plot: As a young boy, Abraham Lincoln witnesses his mother being attacked by Jack Barts, the local plantation owner. The next day, Nancy becomes ill and dies shortly after, with Lincoln’s father blaming Barts for it. Almost a decade later, Lincoln tracks down Barts and attempts to kill him, but Barts, revealing that he is a vampire, easily overpowers Lincoln. Before Barts can kill him, Lincoln is rescued by Henry Sturges, who offers to train Lincoln how to be a vampire hunter. After a decade of training, Lincoln heads to Springfield, Illinois where he finally manages to kill Barts, but not before Barts informs him that Sturges is also a vampire. When Lincoln confronts Sturges, he admits that he was bitten by a vampire named Adam and has been training vampire hunters in the hope that one of them will kill Adam. Lincoln gives up hunting and begins his political career, eventually resulting in his becoming President. After hearing of Lincoln’s plans to abolish slavery, Adam joins forces with Jefferson Davis and sends vampires to fight for the confederacy at Gettysburg. Lincoln orders all the silverware to be confiscated in order to make silver weapons to send to the union troops by railroad. Adam learns of this plan and attack the train only to discover that the train was a trap intended for Adam. Lincoln kills Adam while the real silver weapons were delivered to Gettysburg via the Underground Railroad. Once the Civil War is won, Sturges wants to make Lincoln a vampire so that he can continue to fight vampires, but Lincoln refuses and chooses to stay human as he heads towards the Ford Theater with his wife.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter received mixed to negative reviews from the critics, only scoring a 35% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The general consensus among critics is that the two styles within the movie, historical and horror, often run parallel but never seem to blend into a coherent film. One critic, in response to the films title, stated that “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.” In spite of the negate reviews, it still made over $116 million in theaters, although most of that was made overseas.
This was a decent movie. I’m not going to say it was great but it did have it’s entertaining moments. Benjamin Walker and Dominic Cooper did a pretty good job in their portrayals of Lincoln and Sturges respectively. The effects were ok for the most part but could be a little goofy at times. The plot was interesting, to say the least, but honestly it was pretty weak. I also thought the movie was darker than it should have been. I don’t mean dark as in subject matter, but dark as in very little light. I know that there are vampires and the whole “vampires can’t exist in daylight” blah blah blah. But they could still have done a better job with filming it so that it didn’t seem like you were watching the movie through a dark blue filter.
So it’s worth watching, but don’t expect to this subject on your next history quiz.
Rating: 2 1/2 out of 5