20th Century Fox released the official Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter trailer, at long last confirming to many doubters that the Tim Burton-produced mix of historical fact, historical fantasy, and stylized supernatural horror-action is indeed a real film… and not just an elaborate public ruse or a faux production like those marketed during the beginning of Tropic Thunder.
An international teaser trailer for the Abraham Lincoln not-a-real-biopic has since emerged online, featuring a fair amount of new footage – including, excerpts from a motivational monologue delivered by the vampire Henry Sturgess (Captain America‘s Dominic Cooper), who becomes a mentor to young Honest Abe and trains him in the art of how to slaughter creatures of the night.
Like its domestic counterpart, the international Vampire Hunter teaser positions the film as being an origin story for a new breed of superhero, who primarily works under the cover of moonlight. It’s all the more appropriate too, seeing how – according to screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith (who also penned the original Vampire Hunter novel) – that’s exactly what this movie is.
See what we mean by watching the Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter international trailer below:
While the early Vampire Hunter footage has left many people convinced that this flick could be a revolutionary blockbuster, others have yet to be won over. In fact, the hyper-realistic action set pieces and fights glimpsed from the film so far have proven to be a double-sided blade, providing fuel for the Vampire Hunter detractors who were hoping that Bekmambetov might go for more of a grounded tone, to counteract the already-fantastical nature of the subject matter. Only time will tell which side of this debate is ultimately correct.
For a recap of additional early footage from the film – including, a full scene with Mary Elizabeth Winstead (The Thing, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) as Honest Abe’s lady love, who briefly shows up in the international trailer – be sure to check out Screen Rant‘s exclusive first look at Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter wil hit theaters (2D and 3D) around the U.S. on June 22nd, 2012.
Source: 20th Century Fox