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Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov reinvent the time-honored genre and present the terrifying creatures of the night as they were meant to be experienced -- as fierce, visceral, int... read more read more...ense and bloodthristy. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter brings to the screen the secret life of our nation's favorite president...as history's greatest hunter of the undead. -- (C) Official Site

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DVD Release Date: October 23, 2012

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  • January 21, 2014
    I admit, when I first heard about this movie I was really sceptical. Who wouldn't? It sounds completely absurd even as a work of fiction. Who'd think of putting Lincoln and Vampires together in one movie? But after seeing the first trailer I was really looking forward to this as ... read moreit had the dark mood and right amount of action you'd expect from such a film.

    The movie itself is amazing. It wasn't complete fiction where everything was just a story. The important parts of history where in this. Obviously not as they happened, with the Vampires, but always with a touch of real happenings. The deaths of Lincolns mother Nancy and son William, the marriage with Mary Todd, travelling on the Mississippi to New Orleans, his view on slavery and the war, just to mention a view. I as a Vampire fan from child days on thought the way they were portrayed was just right. They might not have been burnt by the sunlight and have two main fangs rather than only fangs but other than that the way they were shown was great. I think seeing this in 3D would've been even better. The action scenes were just right, maybe not as harsh as some thought but to me it didn't have to be all brutal. In fact if it would've been the rest of the story might have been pushed to the background. As I said in other reviews I always like to mention the music as a movie would be nothing without it. It either complements the film or disturbs it with unnecessary songs and sounds. The music was just right, adding the dark mood more intense than a picture only. 4 1/2 Stars 12=15-13
  • December 6, 2013
    Silly premise aside, this film is a mess of torrid pacing and charisma vacuumed non-acting.
  • August 13, 2013
    Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is not good enough to be taken seriously and a bit too good to label as a b-movie. It should be regarded as a really good big budget b-movie. Take it for what it is and what it always set out to do and you cannot fault it. If the idea got you excit... read moreed then I think you'll probably enjoy it. It's better than Van Helsing anyway. The only thing I didn't like was the inclusion of Lincoln's son dying of a Vampire bite instead of the truth that he actually died of typhoid. It just didn't sit well with me, his other son's aren't in the film, why include the first one that died? Anyway, I liked it for all its B-movie goodness.
  • May 15, 2013
    Since reading the book, written by the same person who did this screenplay, I have wanted to love this wholly. Alas, that was never to be, because though I love playful interpretation of history, and I love the supernatural for all it's worth, this film does not mash the two idea... read mores into a coherent and enjoyable story. Really, this has all the elements of a very badly made indie horror film, but with historical accuracy and a big budget. That's my first main problem actually: the historical accuracy. Like the book this film follows the actual timeline of Lincoln's life, which means that everything he does, whether fighting vampires, or getting tutored by the character of Henry (Cooper), it's in a setting that Lincoln actually lived in. That means that most of the movie takes place in a small Illinois town, and mostly revolves around Lincoln slaying vampires, unnamed and mostly unarmed. Even with the endless action, there aren't any real stakes, except brutal revenge on Lincoln's part, and that doesn't really fuel anything. Even when he has the enemy of two very evil and assassinating vampires take the reins and start the Civil War, we know he's going to win against them. There's a shoehorned climax involving a train, which doesn't propel anything forward. The effects weren't even that great; if we're being perfectly frank, and most of the time the characters are surrounded by so many effects that we can barely even see them let alone get into it. The movie also uses vampires as the reason for the Civil War, which is taken from the book, but unlike the book Lincoln is given a black friend and from the start wants an end to slavery. Why could that truth be broken and yet he has to be in a certain place when certain vampire slaying takes place? That and Mary Todd isn't crazy but a caring and diligent wife, which is just too far from the truth. The only part of this film that can even be described as awesome would be the ending, which really feeds well into the credits, and is a better ending than in the book. This film doesn't even get to be silly stupid action fun, because most of the action is shrouded in CGI, and there aren't many stakes, even at the end. For a film that has elements that everybody loves, nobody explicitly loves this film.
  • January 15, 2013
    I know that this movie was cheesy. I know that it was a silly concept...BUT, I was really surprised that I enjoyed it anyway. The special effects were enjoyable to watch. The storyline was good. I found it fun, fast paced, and interesting. I am a vampire movie fan, so maybe I was... read more just easily entertained...
  • January 5, 2013
    "I didnt' know anything about this movie. All I knew was that my niece read the book and wanted the movie badly. So I gave it to her for Christmas. So now after seeing it, I wanna read the book. It was pretty good. I enjoyed the twist on the Vampires and even the playful idea tha... read moret Mr. Lincoln himself, was a slayer. The movie has plenty of action and gore. I loved some of the kills. I am not sick and twisted, I just enjoy a good kill that's all. The actor's all did a great job and the SE were good. I will definitley be seeing this one again."
  • December 19, 2012
    President by day. Hunter by night.

    Good movie! Acting was good, nothing Oscar worthy but no poor performances. Everyone did their job well, especially Benjamin Walker and Dominic Cooper. They both excelled in their roles as Lincoln and Henry respectively. Plot flowed well and wa... read mores easy to follow, and the action was absolutely fantastic. It was over the top, fast paced, bloody, and very well done. If you don't mind seeing vampires getting hacked, slashed, and bashed to death in a wide variety of ways, you'll enjoy this movie.

    At the age of 9, Abraham Lincoln witnesses his mother being killed by a vampire, Jack Barts. Some 10 years later, he unsuccessfully tries to eliminate Barts but in the process makes the acquaintance of Henry Sturgess who teaches him how to fight and what is required to kill a vampire. The quid pro quo is that Abe will kill only those vampires that Henry directs him to. Abe relocates to Springfield where he gets a job as a store clerk while he studies the law and kills vampires by night. He also meets and eventually marries the pretty Mary Todd. Many years later as President of the United States, he comes to realize that vampires are fighting with the Confederate forces. As a result he mounts his own campaign to defeat them.
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    December 2, 2012
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    hmm. so its about vampire conspiracy. the civil war and background of abe just a supporting the story.
    nice story and character but its ridiculous to watch.
  • December 1, 2012
    It wasn't a very good movie, but I found it entertaining. It's overly serious in it's tone and the editing is choppy and it has bad CGI. So why did I enjoy it? I think the acting and the themes of the film are what pulled me through it. The acting was actually decent and some of ... read morethe axe throwing/blood spraying was fun. Yes, Abraham Lincoln is a vampire hunter, but it's execution of that idea was a bit lame. The movie was to busy trying to tell a backstory, when all people came to see was Lincoln in a top hat with a beard hunting vampires. Overall- Despite the fact that I was sort-of-entertained for two hours, I wouldn't recommend it.
  • November 23, 2012
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    It had the same exciting effect on me "Iron Sky" did earlier this year. This is in fairness one of the most under appreciated films in a while. Personally I could probably watch it over and over again. E... read moreveryone agrees it's not perfect. But it doesn't need to be. I guess with it's "says it all title", dark visual style and desperately unknown cast this part horror-fantasy, part epic-biopic about Abraham Lincoln and his conspicious night job finalises Timur Bekmambetov as a genre filmmaker who just happens to have access to a blockbuster budget. He uses every last bit of it, he may direct with the code of Hollywood generics but he makes ridiculously plotted and utterly hilarious films and this certainly delivers a huge amount more laughs than most films of it's kind. There's a self-confidence in it suggesting that it knows it's cult target audience inside out better than the preferences of any other market, and in a very indie fashion it respects the novel that inspired it, featuring a script hand written by the novelist and slickly shot direction. I think if you mix that in with Tim Burton visual flare and the absurdist hilarity of Bekmambetov who previously made Wanted, it's truly a recipe for success and I would put myself out there and argue with anyone who attacks "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" for doing what it sets out to do and doing it well, especially considering the disaster we all knew deep down it could have been. It has a well executed central performance by Benjamin Walker that isn't hold the phone showstopping but will definitely catapult his future acting career. However I still expect Daniel Day Lewis' performance in Spielberg's upcoming biopic "Lincoln" to be a lot more persuasive. In addition to that it boasts absolutely dazzling cinematography, a decent amount of savagely bloody gore, reasonably well constructed CGI action sequences and a strangely emotionally involving grip. But I think the wit and the smarts of this film, if you get involved in the story enough to realise any at all, comes from the underlying metaphor written into this adaptation's genetics depicting the white's as vampires abusing their black inferiors with Lincoln being their leading avenger. It sort of goes along with that idea in it's subtext underneath the special effects and axe wielding, but at times it's hard to tell if the film truly believes in that idea, and simply want's to be insane, action packed, genre homaging nonsense. Whether you like that sort of thing or not, it truly caters to both ends. I'm a huge genre film fan, and I thoroughly enjoyed it's company. It raised more than a few smiles, and it entertained and engrossed me completely.

Critic Reviews


Bruce Diones
July 2, 2012
Bruce Diones, New Yorker

The violence quickly becomes numbing, and Benjamin Walker plays Lincoln without the sense of irony needed to keep the historical and supernatural sides of the story consistently entertaining. Full Review

Lisa Schwarzbaum
June 24, 2012
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

The movie plays safe by cutting every theme down the middle - a swing that's effective when splitting wood or vampire skulls, but dull when applied to filmmaking. Full Review

Richard Roeper
June 22, 2012
Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com

Of course it's ridiculous and tasteless and grotesque. It's ABRAHAM LINCOLN, VAMPIRE HUNTER. Full Review

Ricardo Baca
June 22, 2012
Ricardo Baca, Denver Post

The disconnect between intention and final product is a head scratcher. Full Review

Eric D. Snider
June 22, 2012
Eric D. Snider, Film.com

Bekmambetov doesn't expect us to take the premise seriously, exactly. But he doesn't seem to want us to laugh at it, either. Full Review

Andrew O'Hehir
June 22, 2012
Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com

Bekmambetov ... stages hilarious, imaginative, almost free-form action sequences like nobody in the business. Full Review

Stephen Whitty
June 22, 2012
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

A B movie treated like an A movie that mostly ends up being a zzzzzzzzzz movie. Full Review

Bruce Demara
June 22, 2012
Bruce Demara, Toronto Star

This film should be campy fun, but in Bekmambetov's unsteady hands, it feels laboured and unsatisfying. Full Review

James Adams
June 22, 2012
James Adams, Globe and Mail

The trouble with the so-called high-concept film is that too often the concept is the best thing about it and the actual movie essentially a series of rather rote, progressively more tiresome variatio... Full Review

Rafer Guzman
June 22, 2012
Rafer Guzman, Newsday

Not just a letdown but an absolute disaster. Full Review

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Facts


    • Henry Sturges: If the silver wasn't on the train, then where is it?
    • Will Johnson: This isn't the only railway. [referring to the Under Ground Railway]
    • Henry Sturges: There is darkness EVERYWHERE! You are not the only one who has lost everything!
    • Henry Sturges: If vengeance is all you seek, you will never be able to save mankind. Fight this war with me, not for one man but for the whole world... Mr President.
    • Abraham Lincoln: Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
    • Abraham Lincoln: I'm sorry, Mary. I'm sorry I've kept you in the dark all these years... I need you, Mary.
    • Mary Todd Lincoln: I've waited a long time to hear you say those words.
    • Mary Todd Lincoln: Well, I wouldn't back away from what's right just because it's hard. My father used to say: plant your feet and stand firm. The only question is where to put your feet.

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