Many modern genre movies have developed a worrisome postmodern tic, often rushing to point out their own ridiculousness before the audience even gets a chance to get swept up and taken in. The historical monster mash Abrah... more »am Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is profoundly silly--even sillier, possibly, than the title suggests--but it conducts itself with an admirably straight face. Seth Grahame-Smith's script (based on his own novel) finds the Young Mr. Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) set on a path of righteous vengeance after watching his mother get fatally fanged. As he studies the law and woos the ravishing Mary Todd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) by day, the nights find him throwing down with an unending army of the undead. When he discovers the plot of a master vampire (the excellently dry Rufus Sewell) to conquer the United States, he makes the fateful decision to throw his hat (and silver-bladed ax) into the ring of national politics. Director Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, the Night Watch series) brings a wide-eyed fervor to the material, offering tantalizing hints of a larger mythology while also glorying in the wonky kineticism of the plentiful action sequences. (He's aided in his mission by legendary cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, who gives the images an old-timey View-Master texture.) Scholars of the historical record may well develop the vapors, but for susceptible viewers, the film's wink-free approach and exceedingly game performers make it frightfully easy to sit back, switch off, and bask in its poker-faced outrageousness. Many movies have had somebody thrown by a horse; this movie has a bad guy pick up a horse and throw it at the hero. Brothers and Sisters, there is a difference. --Andrew Wright« less
Robert S. from ROCK SPRINGS, WY Reviewed on 2/24/2021...
i never understood the civil war until i saw this documentary.
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Erica B. (Movies4life) from BARNESVILLE, MN Reviewed on 10/30/2017...
I knew from the beginning this was not going to be a historically "accurate" portrayal of Abe and the Civil War. I thought that the vampires were cheesy, and the entire story line was terrible. Yes, there is fighting in this movie, but very predictable. My guess is this movie is like the: Pride, Prejudice and Zombies.
Callie K. (ballofglitter) from GRAND ISLAND, NE Reviewed on 3/18/2014...
I like the way they tied the story with Abe Lincoln to the Vampire part but I wasn't too impressed. A little boring and then when there was action it looked too fake for me.
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George K. from COLCHESTER, CT Reviewed on 8/19/2013...
If you expect Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter to be more than a gory action mishmash, you'll be disappointed. If you like gory action mishmashes, you'll be delighted. The technology here is significantly better than that of the Grindhouse genre, but Grindhouse delights in designed overstatement. AL:VH seems to take itself a bit more seriously, with some social responsibility for Honest Abe.
I saw AL:VH shortly after watching Planet Terror, a grindhouse classic. There's no comparison. I finished Planet Terror.
The film (as far as I got) includes a bunch of historical characters: Stephen Douglas, Mary Todd Lincoln, and Harriet Tubman (I gave up shortly after she appeared.). It's also got a few attempts at (I think) social philosophy.
I watched AL:VH on my dvd player while working out on the elliptical, then on my computer. Maybe I needed a living room full of inebriated howlers to enjoy the movie enough to finish it.