‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ Images: President with an Axe [Updated]

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[UPDATE: We've added six new Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter stills to the gallery.]

Are you psyched to see the 16th U.S. Commander-in-Chief duke it out with blood-thirsty demons in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter?…

20th Century Fox is certainly hoping so, seeing how the studio has initiated its marketing campaign for the Tim Burton-produced “revisionist” historical biopic – by releasing multiple posters, featurettes, and now a handful of new official stills, all teasing actor Benjamin Walker’s turn as Honest Abe, trusty axe always in hand. With a Summer 2012 release date on the books, we should also be getting an actual trailer for Vampire Hunter, in the near future.

The basic concept behind Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is that the eponymous president secretly spent his days waging a lifelong battle against dangerous supernatural monsters that feed on the blood of humans, after one of them murdered his mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln (Robin McLeavy). In the original novel written by Seth Grahame-Smith – who also co-penned the script for the film adaptation – many of Abe’s political ambitions and maneuvers during his time in office are revealed to also be gestures that directly weaken the hidden vampire clans of North America.

Pictured alongside a beardless Walker as Lincoln in the gallery below is the vampire leader Adam (Rufus Sewell), a character Smith created specifically for the Vampire Hunter movie adaptation – and the seductive vampire gal Vadoma, as played by supermodel Erin Wasson. The pair encounter Honest Abe relatively early on in the movie, when young Abraham ventures to Louisiana, in the hopes of rescuing his friend, William Johnson (Anthony Mackie) – another new addition to the story, who also provides an African-American perspective on the issue of slavery, which Smith says he regrets not including in his original book.

See all of the aforementioned characters (along with an older, bearded version of Honest Abe) by checking out the new Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter stills:

If you’re still reading at this point, then chances are good: you’re just as intrigued – or maybe merely mystified – by this mashup of history and pulpy monster movie elements as we are (with Vampire Hunter being one of our most anticipated films of 2012).

Vampire Hunter director Timur Bekmambetov is mixing together a surprising amount of historically-accurate production design with a late 19th-century variation on the hyper-stylized action sequences present in both his Wanted comic book adaptation and Night Watch movies. Strange it may seem, that bizarre combination could (inconceivably?) result in quite the innovative summer blockbuster - at least, if its stars are to be believed.

We shall see how it all turns out when Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter hits U.S. theaters (in 2D and 3D) on June 22nd, 2012.

Source: Entertainment Weekly, USA Today

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  1. I’ve already set the pic of “Older Abe” as my wallpaper on my Laptop & iPod.
    This is going to be either great or so horribly bad that it’s brilliant.

  2. Whether this film flops or not, I intend to see it, mainly because I loved the book so much, and the movie treatment seems to me, to be a fair adaptation of said book. Plus that first picture of the Abe we all know so well from our history books, charging in a room, axe out, ass kicking face on, has me sold. That and all the other material that has been pouring out in a steady stream.

  3. This looks great cant wait to see it!!!!!! 2012 is the year of the best movies.

  4. On a scale from 1-4, I score this 4!

  5. Very dumb idea. So Abe battles demons his whole life…..only to be killed by a human…ok. This is not for me.

    • Maybe they’ll include a twist so that it WASN’T a human that killed him…!

      • Zoolander already told us…he was a model.

        • Well how was i supposed to know lol… I’ve never read the book! I think I might go to the library tonight and pick it up… Is it any good??

          • its great

  6. im not sure about the new additions. i loved the book, and new additions usually send off red flags for me. i hope it works cuz i really am looking forward to this movie. no spoilers here, but i hope the movie ends like the boook ends, or maybe it will end with an ending more current which i think seth may write it.

    • I had the same feeling about the new additions, but since the book’s author is adding the characters to the movie, I’m sure it is happening for a reason. Novels are different from screenplays (yes, they are both forms writing, but one involves writing for the reader’s imagination and the other involves eventually showing a viewer exactly what was written). So, I’m glad Grahame-Smith is involved with the adapting process.

  7. You guys have the best Presidents.

    • @Exee-T

      Well, maybe in the past…

    • Ken J is right….we DID have the best presidents. You have to wonder what the hell has happened over the last 40 years. :(

  8. I read the book and it cover from 10 years old till before he became the presidant and had no BEARD!

    • I’m sure he did they just never stated it

    • I must’ve read the director’s cut because in my book he grew the beard to hide a scar…

      • Tou could be correct its been a long time since I’ve read it. I loved the book tho

      • You are correct. I just finished reading it for the second time.

        • A friend let me read his copy a few months ago. It’s one of the best books I’ve read in quite a while.

  9. It is going to be a great movie or complete failure but I am hoping to be surprised with a great picture. I remember not wanting to watch “Wanted” but that was a nice surprise.

  10. Is this the only movie that doesn’t have a trailer yet? Sad