‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ Featurette,Vault Tour & Tim Burton Intro

Published 2 years ago by , Updated September 18th, 2012 at 8:33 am,

As we conclude coverage of our fascinating and wonderfully strange journey to Springfield, Il to screen footage from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and meet with the filmmakers behind the upcoming historical fantasy-horror film, we bring you three new videos – each of which offers a flavor of the events we experienced.

The first is the “making of” featurette that played along with the trailer and additional sequences that we were able to see (you can see both the teaser and a description of the footage HERE). The second is the Tim Burton video intro that we were greeted with prior to viewing said footage. As you will see, it is deliciously old-school ‘Burtonesque’ and perfectly bizarre: out of sync, black and white, and replete with Victorian-garbed performance-art extras. A producer on Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Burton was in London working on his own vampy offering, Dark Shadows, and was as such unable to attend the event in Springfield.

The third video features Vampire Hunter director Timur Bekmambetov, star Benjamin Walker, co-screenwriter and novelist Seth Grahame-Smith and producer Jim Lemley on the same tour of Lincoln’s restricted vault that we journalists were privileged to experience. Fox did an incredible job of planting some thematic props amidst the real displays in the museum, as well as the actual artifacts in the vault.

As you will see in the video, a cane-as-gun and axe-as-gun are presented as if they belonged to our 16th President. Our guide was so earnest that I must confess that at one in the morning, after a 6AM plane ride, two beers and a full work day, it took me a moment to get wise the the elaborate ruse being perpetrated :-). Once we got to the Robert Lincoln’s “diary entries on the habits of the undead,” I was pretty clear on what was happening. The stake put the final nail in the coffin (yep).

Still, finding the props amongst the real artifacts was like a three-dimensional “Where’s Waldo?” as only Salvador Dali would imagine it. In other words, fun. And seeing the actual historical treasures was humbling.

To get your own sense of the event, take a look at the videos provided below:

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter “Making of” Featurette:

Amazingly Hypnotic Tim Burton intro:

Tour of Lincoln’s Vault with Timur Bekmambetov, Seth Grahame-Smith, Benjamin Walker and Jim Lemley:

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Benjamin Walker with a figure of Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter opens in theaters on June 22nd, 2012.

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  1. Awesome!

  2. “The first time the audience will see their president fighting, protecting us.”
    Lincoln gave his life as a result of fighting for us and protecting liberty for all.

    One does not have to take a movie such as this seriously and I do not.
    I cannot take Lincoln other than seriously and therein lies my problem.

  3. Wow Lincoln had a bunch of guns hidden in common items. Who knew?

  4. Fox is actually being really smart by getting the ball rolling with the promotions early on this.
    If in May ads just started popping up on TV most people would think the premise sounded ridiculous and would avoid the film at all costs. So, bye getting those of us who are on the Internet following films like we do here a buzz is already building.
    Who knows the film may still be bad or it may not break the bank but enough of us are now intrigued enough that at least it will probably open well and then if it is good word of mouth can help bring in an audience.
    I know what I just said sounds like simple movie promotion 101 but studios often fail miserably at it.

  5. Badass. Definitely want to see this one.

  6. I read this book and loved it. The only thing I’m worried about is that they’ll make Abe look like some Ninja, wall-jumping, super-soldier a.k.a. Watchmen style unrealistic strength, etc…when this story is suppose to be about the strength of the human spirit and about HUMANS battling undead monsters. He get’s hurt, his friends get hurt. He doesn’t do 10 foot leaps and move faster than a vampire.
    I want to see a human battle a vampire, just like in the book.
    Anything more and it’ll be 18th century Matrix.

    • Well, judging by the trailer I’d say you’re in for some disappointment.

  7. I am about to write a sequel to this. “Barack Obama, Vampire. The one that got away.” :)

  8. It’s obvious what the wooden stake was for, duh!! A wooden stake in the heart is the standard way to kill vampires! There’s more fact to this movie than people imagine.

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