Honest Abe Slaughters Vamps in the ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ Red-Band Trailer

Published 2 years ago by , Updated May 25th, 2012 at 8:02 am,

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.

Vampire Hunter chronicles the “secret” life of Honest Abe (Benjamin Walker) as he wages a lifelong war against creatures of the night – whose leader (Rufus Sewell) is hell-bent on making the United States a breeding (and feeding) ground for his vampiric brethren. That conflict eventually culminates in the U.S. Civil War, where the vampires take the side of the Confederacy.

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).

abraham lincoln vampire hunter red band trailer Honest Abe Slaughters Vamps in the Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Red Band Trailer

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

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 (300Wanted). 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.

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Source: IGN

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  1. Now that is some awesome R rated action

  2. There was a time when I thought this could be the sleeper movie of the summer but over the past couple months I’ve started to think maybe not.
    1. None of the footage has jumped out at me
    2. This is the most important part and I agree with what was said on the podcast, Dark Shadows was pretty bad, especially the screenplay. I used to think that having Grahame-Smith adapt his own work for this was a great idea but now I’m worried.
    I’m still holding out hope though because I thought the book was a pretty fun read and if done correctly this could be just as fun.

  3. I dont expect alot from this movie. With most action movies, i’m fine as long as the action is good and the story/acting isn;t painfully bad. This looks like it’ll get the job done. A stylized action film that’ll be worth the friday night ticket price. Bring it on

    • Yeah,same here ! Seems like there are not many quick cuts and many long takes in the actions scenes and thats awesome ! I am in as well! :)

      • Besides, seeing Honest Abe hack the head off a vampire should be fun.

  4. This looks fun.

  5. Everyone refers to Timur as the director of Wanted. Which he is, but everyone needs to see Night Watch and Day Watch. I had the pleasure of buying them for the hell of it at a blockbuster closing. Totally worth the watch to get a feel for Timur’s vision.

    • Yes you are very right Tjake, everyone should watch Night and Day Watch. It’s clear that Timur’s skills are way better than what Wanted was.

      Everyone should check them out. After all this movies are the reason he got into Hollywood.

      The fact that two movies made completely out of Hollywood gave us on par visuals and a proper action fest than their US counterparts, and with a quality good vs. evil story, should be worth checking them out. ;-)

    • agree, and still hope they do the 3rd to complete the trilogy. although i was a bit disappointed with daywatch, it was still a good flick.

  6. I can’t wait! Kick some serious Vampire bee-hind Mr. Lincoln!

  7. Looks fun, but not fun enough to spend $30 on for my wife and I to see. Rental.

  8. PASS!!!

    I just can’t believe vampires were “sussesh”. :P

  9. It was cool recognizing scenes from the book in the preview! I know parts have been changed for the film, but I hold out hope that the movie will be just as good as the book was.

  10. Went from not being interested to a might be fun.

  11. This looks like it will be a lot more fun than the new Spidey film. I’ll be seeing this instead of Spidey.

  12. I’ll wait for rental, but still looks like some silly fun.

  13. This looks entertaining and if it had come out 10 years ago I would have been pretty excited to see it….BUT…..I’m pretty much over my desire to see another vampire centric story. Doesn’t matter what twists they put on it (like having the star be an 1800′s president), I’m just tired of the whole vampire genre.

  14. What movie is this trailer attached to? Chernobyl Diaries?

  15. At least it’s not a REBOOT, so that right there means I will give it a chance.

    • Actually it’s a reboot of American history ;)

  16. It makes me chuckle seeing Abe as an “action star” knowing in real life he never really would’ve stood a chance – he was an awkward, gangly human being who could barely stand still without falling over. But this might be a fun movie anyway.

    • you, sir, need to reread your american history.

      “he willingly took responsibility for all chores expected of him as one of the boys in the household and became an adept axeman in his work building rail fences. He attained a reputation for brawn and audacity after a very competitive wrestling match to which he was challenged by the renowned leader of a group of ruffians, “the Clary’s Grove boys”

      “At 6 feet 4 inches (193 cm), he was tall and “strong enough to intimidate any rival”. At his first speech, when he saw a supporter in the crowd being attacked, Lincoln grabbed the assailant by his “neck and the seat of his trousers” and threw him.”
      these are from wikipedia, but you can easily check the sources

      • You are correct, Jeffro. But I still find using Abe Lincoln as the protagonist is somewhat…..well weird. Why Abe Lincoln? Why not George Washington? I see political propaganda coming. This is a rental at best and only a rental due to the action.

  17. That was awesome! I’m sold!

  18. ook, im kinda not remembering alot of those scenes from the book. I feel like its gonna be nothing like the book, only the fact that its abraham lincoln vampire hunter

    • Well the author of the book wrote the screen adaption. So take from that what you will.

  19. That conflict eventually culminates in the U.S. Civil War, where the vampires take the side of the Confederacy.

  20. I thought the book was a pretty fun read and if done correctly this could be just as fun.

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