‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ Trailer: The Truth About Honest Abe

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This summer marks the arrival of 20th Century Fox’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter adaptation, an unconventional mix of period drama, action thriller, and monster horror genre tropes that offers an alternative look at the machinations of a famous historical figure – as scripted by Seth Grahame-Smith (based on his original novel), directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) and produced by Tim Burton.

A full-length trailer for Vampire Hunter premiered at the 2012 WonderCon and has now made its way online. While it features many of the same elements that made the teaser trailer memorable (including the opening Johnny Cash voiceover), there’s a healthy amount of new footage here that includes excerpts from hyper-realistic Civil War battles, Honest Abe wielding his axe like a ninja – and even a helping of plot, for the course.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter explores the “secret history” of the famous 16th U.S. president, revealing that young Abraham’s mother (Robin McLeavy) was murdered before his very eyes… by a vampire. As he matures into a fully-grown man, Honest Abe (Benjamin Walker) sets out on a lifelong quest to battle those creatures of the night, receiving assistance and guidance from an unexpected source: the vampire Henry Sturgess (Dominic Cooper). Abe’s plight eventually culminates in his serving as his country’s Commander-in-chief during the American Civil War, when the vampires form an alliance with the slave-owning Confederacy.

Check out the second domestic trailer for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter:

Similar to the international trailer, this new theatrical promo makes Vampire Hunter look a bit like a movie at odds with itself. Although the period film’s over-the-top set pieces and video game-like fight sequences look pretty stylish and fun on their own, they appear to clash with the grounded feel of the dramatic proceedings and storyline – which, odd as it may seem, are both played dead serious and brought to life via the imaginative use of some legitimate historical artifacts and material. As a result, these Vampire Hunter theatrical promos kind of feel like mashups which borrow footage from a title like, say, Steven Spielberg’s Amistad and cobble it together with scenes from Bekmambetov’s Night Watch.

Will that strange storytelling approach ultimately work in the actual movie? Well, there’s no way to know for certain in advance – though, given the creative personnel involved with Vampire Hunter, chances are good that the film should make for an overall unique viewing experience (if not necessarily a “good” one).

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter arrives in 2D and 3D theaters around the U.S. on June 22nd, 2012.

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Source: IGN

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  1. it looks like it could be a fun ride

  2. Holy Cow! It looks just as great as the book!

  3. Say what you will. I looking forward to this film. The premise might sound insane but it is original. I never would have put Abraham Lincoln fighting vampires together.

  4. I loved the book, but I was worried when I heard who the director would be. I had hoped that with Tim Burton has producer, the final product would be more ‘Sleepy Hollow’ and less like ‘Wanted.’

  5. looks pretty good. the teaser trailer was more intense though. but i suppose they have to let the general public know more about the plot and not just the action.

  6. This looks pretty good

  7. Well, he likes his axe!

  8. Completely ridiculous. EXACTLY what I want in a movie!

  9. Never before has an axe seemed quite so badass to me

    • lol…well not sense Frailty…the axe does looks really cool

  10. This looks like a good summer movie.

  11. This is disrespect!

  12. When they start besmirching the name of one of the greatest men in the history of our country, they have really scraped the bottom of the degeneracy barrel. Is nothing or no one to be respected anymore?

    • Who are they disrespecting and how?

    • Disrespect? Let’s see; they are portraying one of the greatest Presidents in US history as someone who saved humanity by wiping out a horde of creatures that would have sucked us try. Yeah, totally disrespectful. :-D

      • Well it does straddle a strange line. I wouldn’t say it’s disrespectful but it does paint him in a less than reverent and reserved light (which is what Lincoln is the epitome of). Kind of like portraying Genghis Khan as a quiet and plodding politician, content to direct his army from the back.

        • And I’m sure they will show that side of him in the movie (his reverent side in later years). Many people who are reserved in their later years have not been in their earlier years; it comes with experience. Since a person has to first die to become a vampire (in this version anyway), I can see how a person can rationalize destroying such a creature since it is supernatural.

          Now if they tried to do the same type of movie of a religious figure killing vampires with a weapon (instead of faith, supernatural powers), I would agree that it would be disrespectful.

    • I’ve read that Abraham Lincoln was an excellent orator, so was it disrespectful when he said “Be Excellent to each other…and Party on dudes!” in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure?

      It’s a movie. Get over it.

  13. The movie looks amazing but, aside from the original teaser trailer, these full length trailers look very amateur. They way they keep trying to insert Johnny Cash’s voice in odd places throws me off. But if there is any symmetry in Hollywood and if a great trailer typically adds up to a movie that is rather lack luster then maybe a rather crappy trailer leads up to a Great Blockbuster!

  14. I guess cherry trees wasn’t the only thing he was chopping down!

    • Heh, I believe you’re actually thinking of George Washington, but good try. 8-)

      • LOL…i stand corrected.

  15. Can’t wait I think this movie will suprise a lot of people

  16. Is Abe part vampire in this?

    • Not in the book. He just trained to make himself quick and strong so he could strike hard and fast…otherwise he got his ass handed to him and had to luck into a victory. In the trailers, it looks like he is super human at times…so who knows. Hollywood is known for butchering literary adaptations.

  17. It took me a while to process this. I 1st watched it after watching the Prometheus trailer about 5 times so it didn’t really grab me like I hoped. But let’s admit, nothing will after that.
    I am excited to see this though. But am I the only one who was thinking about Jonah Hex when watching?
    If I am good. That’s the last movie I want to compare this or anything to and if people think I’m wrong in thinking that please tell me to shut up and appreciate how great this is going to be. Because I really want this to be as good as I hope.

  18. “..there’s a healthy amount of new footage here that includes excerpts from hyper-realistic Civil War battles..”

    “Hyper-realistic?” Child. Please.

    • “Hyper-real” seems (to me, at least) like the best term to describe what’s been shown of those AL:VH battle scenes in the trailers, so… I don’t understand what you’re complaining about.

    • The Civil War battle scenes are realistic; not the vampire killing scenes.

  19. Looks badass.

  20. Wow, this looks like it will be a fun movie! I think it’s going to be even better than The Amazing Spider-Man.

  21. I am on the fence on this one.

  22. This actually looks mildly fun, even though the initial premise is pretty far out there. I will watch it on Netflix when available. Mr. Burton has wrecked everything else he has touched (reboots of Dark Shadows, Planet of the Apes, and Lone Ranger just to mention 3). I will give him one more chance, the benefit of the doubt, on this one. History will tell.

  23. I read the book so i am ready….

  24. The one president who garners respect worldwide. The one president you can shove in the face of a critic who doesn’t agree with American history. The one you can pe proud of…

    you turn into cartoonish nonsense.

    Is it worth it?

  25. Must see movie! I read the book it was great. Can’t wait for June 22.

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