‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ Posters Recall Old-Fashioned Horror

Published 3 years ago by , Updated December 16th, 2011 at 7:27 am,

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter Movie Posters Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Posters Recall Old Fashioned Horror

Filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov are both well-renowned for their highly-stylized and (generally) dark approach to production design; hence the general interest surrounding 20th Century Fox’sĀ Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter adaptation, which Burton is producing and Bekmambetov is directing.

An official teaser trailer for Vampire Hunter could be just around the corner, seeing how Fox might want to take advantage of the increase in moviegoer traffic over the 2011 winter holiday season, and start building hype for the supernatural horror “historical revision.” In the meantime, you can check out a pair of new posters that have been released for the flick.

Here is an official description of the film:

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER explores the secret life of our greatest President, and the untold story that shaped our nation. Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov (director of WANTED) bring a fresh and visceral voice to the blood-thirsty lore of the vampire, imagining Lincoln as history’s greatest hunter of the undead.

The flick’s two early posters feature the same image of old Honest Abe (Benjamin Walker) sitting down, top hat hiding his bearded face, and a trusty axe in his hand – albeit, one is set outside under the cover of a full moon, the other in a dimly-lit office. Both also feature many a familiar horror trope (blue misty nightlight, Gothic shadow angles) and the red/white lettering is somewhat reminiscent of that on the poster for Burton’s Sleepy Hollow.

Have a look at the Vampire Hunter one-sheets (and see what you make of them) below:

Moving past the source material’s obvious attention-grabbing mashup concept, one of the more unique qualities of author Seth Grahame-Smith’s original Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter novel is just how straight-faced it handles the idea that the 16th U.S. President secretly waged a life-long war against blood-sucking creatures of the night. Smith’s book could be considered a “mockbiography” of sorts, since it very much imitates the style of a factual literary account of Lincoln’s life (ex. Doris Kearns Goodwin’s “Team of Rivals”, the inspiration for director Steven Spielberg’s upcoming Lincoln).

Similarly, the Vampire Hunter script penned by Smith and Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes) is expected to play out as a serious historical drama – with Wanted-style 19th-century period action set pieces and unusually-designed vampires thrown into the mix. The actual film is even going to maintain a high-degree of historical accuracy and attention to detail that matches (and, in some ways, exceeds) that of award-winning TV dramas like Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire.

Give Bekmambetov and Co. credit: that approach should ensure that this Vampire Hunter adaptation looks and feels like a rather different breed of blockbuster (hopefully, a good one).

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is slated to hit 2D and 3D theaters in the U.S. on June 22nd, 2012.

Source: IGN

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  1. This is my most anticipated film of 2012. Ever since I read the novel, I’ve been hoping for a movie adaption, and it sounds like a great writing, producing, and directing team. I can’t wait to see the trailer!

  2. Looks good, I never read the book, but the concept is interesting.

    Just a matter of time before someone complains about the movie not being “Historically accurate” šŸ˜‰

    • This movie is not historically accurate. šŸ˜€

  3. Yeah President kicking major a$$. Cant wait

  4. I could care less if it is “Historically Accurate” At LEAST it’s not a REMAKE or a REBOOT for a change. Since that is what Hollywood seems fixed on these days.

  5. all of that is true, but its based off of a novel so its not all that fresh or original

    • Exactly its still a book adaptation like harry potter, the hunger games, twilight ect. Yeah its a little more grusome that’s for sure but still not original. I just don’t think people want to risk there money make original ideas so they go the safe route and do what works. Thank god there is always inception

      • Inception, although very good, was not completely original either. Dreanscape dealt with invading others dreams.

        • It may not be completely original but its by far the closest thing to original that we have seen in a while.

  6. Will watch this on Netflix. In the meantime, I guess I will just have to be happy with watching “Republicans: Democrat-slayers” in the next election!

    • LOL

  7. love my vampire movies.

  8. Bizarre idea, and to echo another post – Im glad to see something original and not a remake for once. They earn my money for a ticket on almost that alone.

  9. I will watch this movie before I would watch anything Spielberg puts out.

  10. From a writer’s standpoint, it certainly is a very original idea and I’d see it just out of curiousity. On the other hand, vampires?! Again? Really? I think a lot of people feel a very sentimental connection to Lincoln and his presidency so I’m not sure if we can all really reconcile the real Lincoln with the fake one. Maybe it’s just me, but Benjamin Franklin: Time Traveller sounds more interesting.

    • or The Adventures of “Wild” Bill Clinton šŸ˜€

  11. We are soo excited for this to come out. We created about 30 unique jewelry pieces for the film and are excited to see them in action !