It received a worldwide total of $116,471,580. The journal reveals the incredible story of a clandestine warrior who never stopped fighting for the country he led and the people he loved. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a 2012 American dark fantasy action horror film directed by Timur Bekmambetov, based on the 2010 mashup novel of the same name. Seth Grahame-Smith is an American novelist, film director, film producer, and screenwriter. We're done here. The consensus reads that the film "has visual style to spare, but its overly serious tone doesn't jibe with its decidedly silly central premise, leaving filmgoers with an unfulfilling blend of clashing ingredients." On the train, Adam and Vadoma, who have set fire to the upcoming trestle, attack Lincoln, Sturgess, and Johnson. Okay, okay. In Springfield, Lincoln befriends shopkeeper Joshua Speed, and meets Mary Todd. "[22] Christy Lemire of Associated Press meanwhile, commented on the film's tenor and visual effects, saying "What ideally might have been playful and knowing is instead uptight and dreary, with a visual scheme that's so fake and cartoony, it depletes the film of any sense of danger," awarding the film a rating of 1.5 out of 4. [5] Additional actors were cast in the following February. Or at least smart."[24]. The movie was screened to over 1800 sailors aboard the Navy aircraft carrier, USS Abraham Lincoln, just before its Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News, Virginia. In 1816, the Lincoln family moves to Little Pigeon Creek, Indiana, partly because Indiana has no slaves and Thomas Lincoln is an abolitionist for religious reasons. Though Sturgess warned him not to form any close relationships, Lincoln develops romantic feelings for Mary. He confronts Henry, who doesn't deny it. We're sorry but jw-app doesn't work properly without JavaScript enabled. Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, discovers vampires are planning to take over the United States. | The film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was first announced in March 2010 when Tim Burton and Bekmambetov paired to purchase film rights and to finance its development themselves. Also, by God's decree, a vampire is incapable of killing another vampire, as "only the living can kill the dead." Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, discovers vampires are planning to take over the United States.He makes it his mission to eliminate them. Abraham Lincoln was a little more than a child when his mother passed due to a mysterious illness. Abraham's Vampire hunting antics are effortlessly woven into the true story of Abraham Lincoln, making Vampires easy to believe in sometimes. When Lincoln stops a slaver from beating his friend, it … If they harmed by silver in a way that is fatal to a normal living creature, they will die. Gimly M Super Reviewer. "[29], Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter grossed $37,519,139 at the domestic box office and $78,952,441 in international markets. It is a story that can never be told. I couldn't get through this book fast enough, not because I didn't enjoy it, but because I was so anxious to see what would happen next. Speed, believing that Lincoln is tearing the nation apart, defects and informs Adam that Lincoln will transport the silver by train. [3], Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was originally scheduled to be released in 2D and 3D on October 28, 2011, but was later pushed back to June 22, 2012. Thomas tells Lincoln that Barts poisoned Nancy. Parents Guide. Years later, Abraham Lincoln seeks revenges against Jack Barts but he fails in his intent of killing the vampire. "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" has nothing useful to observe about Abraham Lincoln, slavery, the Civil War or much of anything else. It’s nothing more than a large scale visual assault for the senses, and if … Benjamin Walker stars as the title character with supporting roles by Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rufus Sewell, and Marton Csokas. Abe relocates to Springfield where he gets a job as a store clerk while he studies the law and kills vampires by night. In reality, Lincoln did witness the death of his mother—but it wasn't vampires that killed her. Confederate President Jefferson Davis convinces Adam to deploy his vampires on the front lines. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is, by its very nature, a fantasy film in which a real life historical figure goes up against a mythical figure of human fear, and that fear is vanquished. Book Summary Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother's bedside. William is later bitten by Vadoma and dies. Abraham becomes a politician and the President of the United States, and sooner the leader of the Secession War against the vampires. Dominic Cooper was the wild card actor, starring as Henry Sturges, Abraham’s mentor and a vampire himself. Sturgess explains that vampires exist, and offers to teach Lincoln to be a vampire hunter. The real-life figure Abraham Lincoln, the president of the United Statesfrom … Sturgess tries to convince Lincoln to allow him to turn Lincoln into a vampire, so that he can become immortal and continue to fight vampires, but Lincoln declines. "[27] USA Today reviewer Scott Bowles remarked, "A stylish slasher of a movie, a monster flick that does its vampires right, if not their real-life counterparts," giving the film 2.5 out of 4. The now leaderless Confederate vampires stage a final, massive assault and are met head on by the Union. However, Adam learns of his activities and kidnaps Johnson to lure Lincoln into a trap at his plantation. [18] Several of the film's stars attended the screening, including Anthony Mackie, Erin Wasson and Benjamin Walker, who dressed in character as Abraham Lincoln. A song that … And when the Civil War breaks out, Abe learns that Adam is aiding the Confederacy and when it appears that they are close to winning, Abe must find a way to stop them. Emanuel Levy of wrote that "Though original, this is a strenuous effort to combine the conventions of two genres. Because Sturgess' soul was impure, he became a vampire, and that prevented him from harming Adam or any other vampire (since "Only the living can kill the dead"). [23] Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal agreed, writing, "Someone forgot to tell the filmmakers ... that the movie was supposed to be fun. She's been stricken with something the old-timers call "Milk Sickness." He moves to Springfield and takes on a "normal" job as a store clerk and meets Mary Todd, who eventually becomes his wife. The journal-style book is written as a partial "secret" diary of Abraham Lincoln, kept by the 16th President of the United States and given to the author by a vampire named Henry Sturges.. We'll elaborate. [28] Further acclaim came from Joe Williams of St. Louis Post-Dispatch, who called it "the best action movie of the summer," praised the film for presenting "a surprisingly respectful tone toward American values and their most heroic proponent", calling "the battlefield scenes [...] suitably epic" and commended leading star Benjamin Walker, "a towering actor who looks like a young Liam Neeson and never stoops to caricature. Lincoln accepts and, after a decade of training, travels to Springfield, Illinois. Many years later as President of the United States, he comes to realize that vampires are fighting with the Confederate forces. With the obvious exception of its vampires, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter gets the broad strokes of the 16th U.S. President’s life right. She falls ill the following day, and dies shortly afterwards. Blink and you may miss the detail that Harriet Tubman's Underground Railway essentially won the war for the North. Lincoln confronts Sturgess, who reveals that, several years ago, he was attacked and bitten by Adam. So he becomes political and uses his popularity to climb the ranks to eventually become President while at the same time trying to take out the Vampire population, and eventually kill the head Vampire, and the one who killed his mother. Joe Neumaler of New York Daily News gave the film a rating of 1 out of 5, writing, "This insipid mashup of history lesson and monster flick takes itself semi-seriously, which is truly deadly. Abe would then study law and move to Springfield to become a lawyer and to hunt vampires. As a result he mounts his own campaign to defeat them. ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER traverses throughout all the battles and turning points of the Civil War and deftly uncovers the vampire presence beneath the surface. An enjoyable ride for a B movie that relishes in its silliness. Explores the secret life of the America's greatest president, Abraham Lincoln, and the untold story that shaped the nation. In 1818, Abraham Lincoln lives in Indiana with his parents, Nancy and Thomas, who works at a plantation owned by Jack Barts. During his training, Sturgess tells Lincoln that the vampires in America descend from Adam, a vampire who owns a plantation in New Orleans with his sister, Vadoma. Abe wants to learn how to kill them and Henry teaches him and makes him an ax lined with silver, which is the weapon Abe prefers. He also meets and eventually marries the pretty Mary Todd. In modern times, Sturgess approaches a man at a bar in Washington, D.C. as he once approached Lincoln. The journal-style book is written as a partial "secret" diary of Abraham Lincoln, kept by the 16th President of the United States and given to the author by a vampire named Henry Sturges. They can only be harmed and killed by silver, and/or decapitation. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Abe would come face to face with Adam, a vampire who plans to make the country his. Because of his son's actions, Thomas is fired. After killing Jack Bart, he calls the attention of the powerful and ancient vampire Adam. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a 2012 American dark fantasy action horror film directed by Timur Bekmambetov, based on the 2010 mashup novel of the same name. [21], Richard Corliss of Time magazine stated that "The historical epic and the monster movie run on parallel tracks, occasionally colliding but never forming a coherent whole. Bonus Video!If the movie Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter had an old-school 8-bit sidescrolling beat 'em up, I bet it'd look like this! In Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, vampires aren't killed by sunlight and remain unaffected by holy objects, prayers, or water. "[20] The movie also garnered a "mixed or average" score of 42 out of 100 on Metacritic, based on 35 reviews. “Without death,' he answered, 'life is meaningless. This movie speculates that Abraham Lincoln as a child saw his mother killed by a man she stood up to. Some 10 years later, he unsuccessfully tries to eliminate Barts but in the process makes the acquaintance of Henry Sturgess who teaches him how to fight and what is required to kill a vampire. Abe gets a little schooling, but when it comes to pitching in, he mostly just chops wood, after he refuses to hunt after the turkey incident. "[25] The title was praised by Manohla Dargis of The New York Times, who added, "it's too bad someone had to spoil things by making a movie to go with it. Sturgess warns Lincoln that the slave trade keeps vampires under control, as vampires use slaves for food, and if Lincoln interferes, the vampires will retaliate. | Years later Abe would find the man and try to kill him but for some reason he doesn't die. The novel's author, Seth Grahame-Smith, wrote the screenplay and served as an executive producer. Anthony Ocasio Jun 19, 2012 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Music Trailer Features Linkin Park. She's been stricken with something the old-timers call "Milk Sickness." The movie, based on … Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter As a young boy, Abraham Lincoln befriends a black child named Johnson. Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, discovers vampires are planning to take over the United States. [19], As of November 9, 2014, Rotten Tomatoes reports a "rotten" approval score of 34%, based on 190 reviews, with an average score of 4.9/10. Publisher's Summary Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother's bedside. Abraham does what any sensible child would've done - pledged himself wholly and completely to eradicating the entire world of vampires. He is saved by Henry Sturges, who becomes his mentor and teaches how to hunt and kill vampires. Sturgess has since been training vampire hunters, hoping to destroy Adam. The super short version of this book is only two steps: Step 1: Take Lincoln biography (or Ken Burns's The Civil War) Step 2: Add vampires. [13], In January 2011, with Bekmambetov attached as director, Walker was cast as Abraham Lincoln. With Benjamin Walker, Rufus Sewell, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie. Lincoln uses his watch to stab Adam, killing him, and the three escape the train before it explodes. "[26] Barbara VanDenburgh, of the Arizona Republic, wrote, "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". Abraham also dates Mary Todd but keeps his vampire hunter business in secret. During one battle, Mary recognizes Vadoma and avenges her son by shooting Vadoma in the head with the silver necklace William wore when he was alive. Lincoln orders the confiscation of all the silverware in the area and has it melted to produce silver weapons. During the fight, in which Speed is killed, Adam learns that the train holds only rocks. The quid pro quo is that Abe will kill only those vampires that Henry directs him to. Years later, Abraham Lincoln seeks revenges against Jack Barts but he fails in his intent of killing the vampire. Positive response, meanwhile, came from Marc Savlov of the Austin Chronicle, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has heart to spare, and the occasional silvered bayonet to run it through. The film was produced by Tim Burton, Bekmambetov, and Jim Lemley, with Simon Kinberg as an executive producer. The “Vampire Hunter” film, like the book, follows Lincoln from his boyhood on the frontier through his assassination by John Wilkes Booth and — because this is a vampire story — beyond. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, was not. When a vampire attempts to slay another, they are held back by a possibly mystical, unseen force, much like opposing m… Nine years later, Lincoln decides to get revenge against Barts. The boy died the same way his grandmother did. Taglines When Abraham Lincoln is only eleven years old, he learns from his father, Thomas that vampires are, in fact, real. [2], Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was released on DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D in the United States and Canada on October 23, 2012. Lincoln marries Mary and begins his political career, campaigning to abolish slavery. He gets a job and lodging in the store of Joshua Speed where he meets his black friend Will Johnson. There, Lincoln befriends a young African American boy, William Johnson,[4] and intervenes when he sees Johnson being beaten by a slaver. It recounts, via a narrator who has his secret diary, the 16th president's side-gig as a vampire slayer at a time when vampires were stealthily gaining political power and acquiring slaves for homicidal purposes. It was something called milk sickness. Unbeknownst to the rest of the world, her death was due to a vengeful vampire. [7][9][14] Filming began in March 2011 in Louisiana. Nearly two years later, on April 14, 1865, Sturgess tells Lincoln that the remaining vampires have fled the country. [12] Fox beat other studios in a bidding war for rights to the film the following October. Jun 09, 2012. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith spans Abraham Lincoln's lifetime. He tries to kill Abe but a man saves him and nurses Abe. Sturgess also tells Lincoln of the vampires' weakness, silver, and presents him with a silver pocket watch. [15][16] The movie premiered in New York City on June 18. Lincoln makes it his mission to eliminate them, becoming history's greatest hunter of the undead. Lincoln successfully finds and defeats Barts. Plot summary. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov. Years later, the manuscript is found in a five-and-dime store in the town of Rhinebeck, New York (a reference to Smith's wife's hometown). Synopsis 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. A vampire snuck onto the front yard of the White House and did something to Willy Lincoln, Abraham's son. Nancy Hanks Lincoln died when Abraham Lincoln was 9. In the Nineteenth Century, the nine-year-old boy Abraham Lincoln witness the vampire Jack Barts sucking the blood and killing his mother. As time goes by he kills many Vampires, except the one who killed his mother, and he's getting impatient. He makes it his mission to eliminate them. Please enable it to continue. Eventually Abe slays the vampire who killed his mother but before dying he tells Abe that Henry has not been honest with him. Synopsis Plot Keywords The film received mixed reviews, with critics praising the visual style, action sequences, originality, Walker's performance and Henry Jackman's musical score, but criticism was aimed at its screenplay, the overly serious and inconsistent tone, overuse of CGI, and pacing. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Summary. The novel's author, Seth Grahame-Smith, wrote the screenplay and served as an executive producer. Speed rescues his friends, and they escape to Ohio. But the film doesn't promise insights on such subjects. Armed with their silver weapons, the Union soldiers destroy the vampires and eventually win the war. However, before Barts can kill him, Lincoln is rescued by Henry Sturgess. The Trinity failed to stop the man from escaping and Willy was revealed to have been poisoned. The screening marks the first time that a major motion picture made its debut for United States servicemembers. He beat Adrien Brody, Josh Lucas, James D'Arcy, and Oliver Jackson-Cohen for the role. He meets Mary Todd but Henry cautions him about relationships. [30], The soundtrack to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter as composed by Henry Jackman was released digitally on June 12, 2012 and set to be released physically on July 3, 2012. Lincoln reveals that Speed's betrayal was a ruse to lure Adam into a trap. 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That night, Lincoln sees Barts break into his house and attack Nancy. [32][33] In addition, Linkin Park's song "Powerless", from their 2012 album Living Things premiered in the official trailer to Abraham Lincoln and was the first song to be played over the closing credits, followed by "The Rampant Hunter". Adam captures Lincoln and tries to recruit him, revealing his plans to turn the United States into a nation of the undead. Benjamin Walker stars as the title character. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a 2012 American action, fantasy, and horror film based on the 2010 mashup novel of the same name. At the age of 9, Abraham Lincoln witnesses his mother being killed by a vampire, Jack Barts. But the normal life is a cover for what he really needs to do, kill Vampires. And Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies, is bad. When Abe awakens, the man, Henry Sturges, tells him that the man he was trying to kill is a vampire and he is a vampire hunter. [17] Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter also made an unconventional debut with a screening for troops deployed in the Middle East. [34] However, the song was not featured in the soundtrack,[citation needed] but still the song was released as a single under the name of soundtrack in Japan. With 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' finally telling the true story behind one of America's most iconic presidents, we put together a list of 30 crazy literary mash-ups that could become movies. Henry sends Abraham to Springfield to kill vampires. Filming began in Louisiana in March 2011 and the film was released in Real D 3D on June 20, 2012 in the United Kingdom and June 22, 2012 in the United States.

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