So imagine my surprise when I finished Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,
and not only was it actually pretty good, it’s been turned into a film that comes out this very month! I figured I’d write this post before it’s release date of 20th June 2012. Not only that, but I’ll be giving away a brand new copy of the book by Seth Grahame-Smith and a movie poster to one lucky winner!
Plot summary from IMDB – 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.
Well I’m glad the summary doesn’t just rehash the title or anything, cause THAT would be annoying…
So I’ve had a quick look at the trailer and it looks pretty damn good. The author of the book, Seth Grahame-Smith, also wrote the screenplay, which is always a promising start for a book-to-movie adaptation. It usually means the tone and style of the book will be carried across, as the writer wants to keep their ‘vision’ intact. Mr. Grahame-Smith also wrote Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which is coming out as a movie in 2013, so I guess we’ll be able to judge it’s potential on how well Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter does.
While the novel is quite dark, the trailer looks even more so. Still, produced by Tim Burton and directed by Timur Bekmambetov, what else can you expect? The later was responsible for the films The Night Watch
and The Day Watch (
from which I learnt my three words of Russian – Da, Nyet and VAMPIR!!!), and so clearly has experience in directing dark vampire movies. The trailer for this film does look vaguely reminiscent of the trailer for The Night Watch
when I think about it.
The book is quite factual and repetitive at times, so it looks like they’ve bumped up the action and vampire-ness here. While Abraham does do his fair share of hunting in the book, fairly often it’s just mentioned as an aside, instead of a blow-by-blow encounter. The trailer also seems to feature far more vampires than actually exist in the film, particularly a lady vampire called Vadoma, who I have no idea who she’s meant to be. Also, the scene with the train in the trailer? Never happened. Well, obviously it never happened, but I mean it didn’t happen in the book. I hope they manage to put in some Lincoln-sans-vampires moments though, otherwise it’s going to be a very generic vampire film.
Benjamin Walker plays Abraham Lincoln, and honestly, I have seen him in absolutely nothing
else. I mean, he might be amazing – he might be the Lincolniest Lincoln we’ve ever seen – but it surprises me they didn’t get somebody a little more experienced. Apparently Tom Hardy, Eric Bana and Timothy Oliphant were all approached but turned it down. Well, good luck Mr. Walker!
The role of Lincoln’s vampire mentor, Henry Sturgess, was given to Dominic Cooper (on the right in the above photo) who played Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011. I don’t know, I just can’t see him as the suave, sophisticated Henry. He’s too young and seems to lack the experience and knowledge clearly present in Henry – he’s been around for hundreds of years but this guy looks like he’d be ID’d for a bottle of vodka.
It surprised me a little that the Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
movie is going to be R-rated. I mean, really?
The book isn’t that scary or gory at all. Like I mentioned earlier, you don’t actually see
many of the hunts. But ohhh. Do you know why it’s R-rated? Because I do. It’s because of ‘violence throughout and brief sexuality.’ Brief sexuality? In a film about Abraham Lincoln fighting vampires? For Christ’s sake.
Why do they feel the need to shove sex into everything? It’s just not in the book at all, why would it possibly
need to be!?
I don’t know about this, you know. It looks like they tried so hard to make it a non-sparkly vampire film that they went too far in the opposite direction. Instead, there’s a lot of violence, ‘brief sexuality’ and not a whole lot else from the looks of the trailer. Seth Grahame-Smith took the concept of Abraham Lincoln’s life and spiced it up with vampires; but then Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov took that concept of a concept, poured glue on it and shook it around in the Adult Tin.