Excerpt: This past summer, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter came and went through theaters without much of an impact. It was not really a colossal failure, but it also did not do much to win over fans of a genre mash-up. I read the book based on recommendations and obvious intrigue, due to the fact that it’s called Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter , and I found it to be a really interesting read in the way it told a tale that involved vampires, while clearly being well-researched...
Excerpt: Revisionist history isn’t a genre or coined term that suits Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter . Beard and top hat in tow, the 16th President doesn’t directly fight for his political views so much as he does to slaughter hordes of Southern vampires. That’s where they’ve taken up their residence, and that’s why the Civil War began. Maybe “fantastical history” fits better?
Conclusion: Who'd've thought a film called Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter could be so dull and routine? This tepid exercise in injecting the supernatural into the historical delivers the usual blockbuster action sequences—think a period-piece version of the Underworld films—but fails to fully exploit the promise of its kooky central premise. The film is simply too straight-faced for its own good.
Conclusion: 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' is a raucously fun ride through revisionist history. It's a movie that completely owns its illogical nature and uses it to its advantage. It's exciting, decently constructed, and entertaining. What else could you ask from a movie about a past president slicing up mythical undead creatures?
Conclusion: Promising nothing more than pure mindless popcorn fun, 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' delivers with an outlandishly silly and colorful bravado. Director Timur Bekmambetov not only brings the fun, humor, and excitement to an outrageous plot about our 16th President battling the undead, but he does it with wild showmanship and absurdly creative flair. The 3D Blu-ray arrives with a disappointing video presentation but the lossless audio more than make-ups for it.
Excerpt: For a film with a name that illicits uproarious applause and ironic laughter, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter takes itself way too seriously. Where I should be comparing this film with adventurous summer fare like The Avengers , this piece of historical fiction is probably closer in tone to something like Gladiator or The Patriot . Somewhere along the line, I suspect its creators forgot they were making a film about Abraham Lincoln fighting vampires, but I sure didn't.
Excerpt: Midway through Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter our hero-- yes, the very same 16th President-- goes in pursuit of the man he's wanted to kill since he was a child, a vampire (played by Marton Csokas) who killed young Abe's mother. The vampire flees to a field where, for whatever reason, a band of wild horses begin to stampede; Abe chases the super-powered vampire, who flings a horse at him at one point, and the chase eventually has them running across the backs of horses...