Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov will bring Seth Grahame-Smith’s “historical revision” novel to stylized life with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Today, we can offer a red-band trailer that features much of the same footage displayed in previous theatrical promos – where Abe unleashes his mad, ninja-axe skills on his supernatural foes – but also includes the bloody payoff.
In other words: vampire killing galore including throat-slicing, decapitations, and even death by being smothered with fire.
Abraham receives help along the way from his mentor (Dominic Cooper), a vampire sympathetic to Abe’s plight – and his childhood friend/partner (Anthony Mackie), who’s always willing to lend a helping hand (usually, one holding a gun).
Based on trailer footage, Vampire Hunter does look like the result of a genuine historical drama being mashed together with a hyper-stylized comic book movie (300, Wanted). That may allow the film to work as a pure summer popcorn flick, but those who were hoping Bekmambetov’s adaptation would retain the grounded feel of Smith’s source material – and play out like, say, Gangs of New York with vampires – might be disappointed.
As was discussed during a recent SR Underground podcast: Smith’s subpar screenplay for Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows movie has also raised concern about Vampire Hunter (which Smith scripted). Then again, given the campy, B-movie title: most people who go to see this movie probably won’t be expecting much in the way of quality storytelling.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter opens in 2D and 3D theaters around the U.S. on June 22nd, 2012.