Two Images and More Details on ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’

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Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter Movie Two Images and More Details on Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

As we all know from our elementary school history lessons, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, is best remembered for helping end slavery in the United States, preserving the Union following the Civil War, and saving the world from a vast vampire threat.

Okay fine, so Honest Abe didn’t actually slay any of the undead. But director Timur Bekmambetov and the cast and and crew of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter want you to think he did, and they’re not holding back to make their fictional film as historically accurate as possible.

Earlier this week, the New York Times ran an interesting feature on Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, describing some of the many ways that the film is striving to maintain a realistic tone, including information on its many period-appropriate props, some of which come from the Library of Congress. The feature also (ahem) featured two images from the set of the film, showing star Benjamin Walker as Lincoln.

Before we get to the pictures, here are some of the interesting blurbs from the Times piece. According to the article, in addition to plenty of vampire slaying action, the film will also feature a large-scale Civil War battle sequence.

“A pair of costume designers, Carlo Poggioli and Varya Avdyushko, figure they had made or rented at least 8,000 outfits for ‘Vampire Hunter,’ many of which were scheduled to be shredded, burned or otherwise wrecked a week or so ago by a literal army of extras who will be playing out part of the Gettysburg battle.”

Included in the article is more information on the vampires in the film. According to production designer François Audouy, the one thing he’s not supposed to talk about is the look of the vampires, describing them only as “unexpected.” It’s nice to see that Bekmambetov intends to give fans something new and different (which, along with its curious faux-historic subject matter, should separate this film from the hordes of other vampire movies in recent years).

For a good first look at Benjamin Walker as Abraham Lincoln, check out the images below. The first shows Abe giving a speech (the real President Lincoln was famed for his oratory skills) and the second is a behind-the-scenes shot showing Bekmambetov on set working with a beardless Walker (meaning the scene comes during Lincoln’s younger years.)

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter Benjamin Walker Two Images and More Details on Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter Timur Bekmambetov Two Images and More Details on Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

I’ve been interested in this film since I heard the book’s author, Seth Grahame-Smith, talk about the adaptation at last year’s C2E2 conference. In a time when Hollywood is churning out remakes, reboots, sequels, and other uninspired drivel, it’s kind of cool to see something like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter forging ahead with a $70 million budget and an enthusiastic production team.

Admittedly, the mash-up genre, which Grahame-Smith pioneered to an extent with his first book Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, is on the verge of being totally played out (if it isn’t already). Nevertheless, I’m still hopeful that this movie will deliver something unique and, perhaps, inspire some other creativity out of Hollywood.

What do you think of Benjamin Walker in full Lincoln gear? Does he match the President well?

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter will be in theaters on June 22, 2012.

Source: New York Times

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  1. I think the whole vampire thing is pretty tired and played out but zombies NEVER go out of style!

  2. I bet the “unexpected” vampires were Democrats……..

    • Ezee-T,

      Cut the political crap.



  3. This sounds like a neat idea. But I think it’ll suffer the same fate as Scott Pilgrim. I just don’t see it appealing to the general public.

  4. This just sounds incredibly stupid to me. The man got shot by an ordinary man but we are supposed to believe he hunts vampires? I know its fantasy but why Abe Lincoln? Why not Ben Franklin or George Washington? No, I havent read the comic and probably never will. I’m really trying to like this in my head but cant get around the Abe Lincoln angle.

    Oh, well, most people dont know the true history of Abe Lincoln and the Civil War anyway. In the end this wont matter much in that regard.

    • I think it’s a slap in the face to the history and REAL importance of Abraham Lincoln. I haven’t read it either, but that’s what strikes me.

  5. Alpine…INK…read the book (not a comic, sorry Alpine) and then come back and comment again. You just might change your minds…

  6. Alpine…INK…read the book (not a comic, sorry Alpine) and then come back and comment again. You just might change your minds…

  7. I’d like to know who imagined that President Lincoln could be a
    vampire. The stupidest storyline, but that just goes to show,
    that the curious people will check this movie out. As for me i
    will wait till it comes on DVD, which probably will be fast!

  8. Ann Marie,

    he hunts them, not is one.

    but like james said, just give the book a chance, and you’ll change your mind. it’s completely entertaining and original.

  9. Thanks, schuyler! It truly was one of the most entertaining books I’ve read in a long time…and no, people, it does NOT read like a cheesefest…it’s totally straight.