There are a lot of people who are still adjusting to the fact that both a best-selling novel and big-budget movie called Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter exist.
If you’re a member of that demographic – those who find themselves mystified by the sight of Honest Abe (Benjamin Walker) swirling his axe like a ninja and slicing up vampires – then you might not be up to watching today’s “music trailer,” which splices together clips of Linkin Park (their music will be featured during the film’s end credits) with footage from the Vampire Hunter movie.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a historical fantasy/revisionist piece from the mind of Seth Grahame-Smith, who wrote the source novel (and adapted it for the big screen) – in addition to the novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and the script for Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows (read our review). In spite of the mixed critical/financial returns for the latter, Vampire Hunter has the potential to catapult Smith onto the Hollywood A-list of screenwriters (should it prove successful).
For those who haven’t been keeping a close eye on Smith’s progress: he’s writing Burton’s next stop-motion project, Night of the Living; penning the adaptation of his latest “revisionist” novel, Unholy Night – and, is going to write a script for Beetlejuice 2, with the intent of bringing back Burton to direct and Michael Keaton to star. That’s not to mention Smith’s role as a producer on the upcoming two-movie adaptation of Stephen King’s It.
That’s all context for the question: Does Vampire Hunter look like the movie to really put Smith’s name on the map?
On the one hand: Vampire Hunter appears to offer a more accurate representation of Smith’s style than Dark Shadows. The author/screenwriter’s best work combines literary dialogue, serious drama, and ridiculous concepts (ex. a president who’s secretly a superhero) – into a story that’s both entertaining and (surprisingly) plausible, on its own terms. Then again: when you incorporate the highly-stylized filmmaking of Vampire Hunter director Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch, Wanted), that delicate mixture could be shattered, resulting in a final product that’s… well, really stupid.
The Vampire Hunter trailers make it look like a potentially fun (and bloody) piece of popcorn entertainment – but, that doesn’t guarantee it’ll stand apart from innumerable other blockbusters that’ve come before (and will arrive in the future). Of course, if co-star Anthony Mackie’s boasts about how Vampire Hunter is the new Matrix turn out true, Smith could quickly be established as a major player around Tinseltown.
We will see how it all works out when Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter opens in U.S. theaters this Friday, June 22nd, 2012.
Source: Yahoo! UK & Ireland