By Jueseppi B.
I thought long & hard about even writing a review on this movie. The title is so stupid as well as the subject matter. In MY opinion. Oh well….here it is anyway.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a 2012 American pseudo-documentary action horror film based on the 2010 mashup novel of the same name. The film was directed by Timur Bekmambetov and co-produced by him and Tim Burton. The novel’s author, Seth Grahame-Smith, wrote the adapted screenplay. The real-life figure Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States (1861–1865), is portrayed in the novel and the film as having a secret identity as a vampire hunter. Filming began in Louisiana in March 2011, and the film is a 3D production.
PlotPresident Lincoln’s mother was killed by a supernatural creature, which fuels his passion to crush vampires and their slave-owning helpers.
- Benjamin Walker as Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States.
- Dominic Cooper as Henry Sturges, Lincoln’s mentor in vampire hunting.
- Anthony Mackie as William Johnson, Lincoln’s valet and friend.
- Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Mary Todd Lincoln, Lincoln’s wife.
- Rufus Sewell as Adam, the lead vampire villain.
- Marton Csokas as Jack Barts, a vampire.
- Jimmi Simpson as Joshua Speed, Lincoln’s friend and assistant.
- Joseph Mawle as Thomas Lincoln, Lincoln’s father.
- Robin McLeavy as Nancy Lincoln, Lincoln’s mother.
- Erin Wasson as Vadoma, a vampire.
- John Rothman as Jefferson Davis
- Cameron M. Brown as Willie Lincoln, Abraham and Mary’s son.
- Frank Brennan as Senator Jeb Nolan
- Alan Tudyk as Stephen A. Douglas, an American politician from Illinois.
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. The book’s author, Seth Grahame-Smith, was hired to write the script. In the following October, Fox beat other studios in a bidding war for rights to the film, having made a detailed pitch about the film’s production, marketing, and release.
In January 2011, with Bekmambetov attached as director, Walker was cast as Abraham Lincoln. He beat Adrien Brody, Josh Lucas, James D’Arcy, and Oliver Jackson-Cohen for the role. Additional actors were cast in the following February. Filming began in March 2011 in Louisiana. The film has a budget of $69 million and will be produced in 3D.
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.
Directed by Timur Bekmambetov Produced by Timur Bekmambetov
Screenplay by Seth Grahame-Smith Based on Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter by
Starring Benjamin Walker
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Music by Henry Jackman Cinematography Caleb Deschanel Editing by William Hoy Studio Bazelevs Company
Tim Burton Productions
Distributed by 20th Century Fox Release date(s)
- June 22, 2012
Running time 105 minutes Country United States Language English Budget $70 million
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