Abraham Lincoln - Vampire Hunter 2012

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President Lincoln's mother is killed by a supernatural creature, which fuels his passion to crush vampires and their slave-owning helpers.

Starring:
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Alan Tudyk
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 41 minutes
Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Alan Tudyk, Anthony Mackie, Marton Csokas, Dominic Cooper, Benjamin Walker, Jimmi Simpson, Rufus Sewell
Director Timur Bekmambetov
Genres Horror
Studio 20th Century Fox
Rental release 21 December 2012
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 41 minutes
Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Alan Tudyk, Anthony Mackie, Marton Csokas, Dominic Cooper, Benjamin Walker, Jimmi Simpson, Rufus Sewell
Director Timur Bekmambetov
Genres Horror
Studio 20th Century Fox
Rental release 21 December 2012
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 41 minutes
Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Alan Tudyk, Anthony Mackie, Marton Csokas, Dominic Cooper, Benjamin Walker, Jimmi Simpson, Rufus Sewell
Director Timur Bekmambetov
Genres Horror
Studio 20th Century Fox
Rental release 21 December 2012
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Benminx on 21 Mar 2013
Format: DVD
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is an odd mixture. From mayhem specialist Bekmambetov, I was expecting a silly but fun action drama set during Lincoln's youth. What I didn't expect was this decades-spanning effort which makes the odd decision to blend silly supernatural hijinks with serious historical fact - like crossing 'Buffy' with a historical biopic.
While it adds a distinct flavour of the unusual and gives the film some individuality, it also slows things down and grants it an odd, occasionally inappropriate feeling of mocking deadly serious historical events.
However, as the lead Benjamin Walker is capable, if a little bland. Dominic Cooper outshines him for charisma by a New York mile, and Rufus Sewell is deliciously evil as his vampiric nemesis.
The action is frequent, although oddly unimpressive in several scenes. However, the initial confrontation with a vampire, a visually extraordinary horseback pursuit, and an early face-off between the arch enemies are extremely impressive. While not as flat as similarly toned historical supernatural actioner 'Jonah Hex', and no classic, this is still a fun, and occasionally very cleverly written and entertaining film. Worth a watch.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By historybuff on 29 Aug 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
I stumbled upon this film thinking it was Spielberg's Lincoln. Thankfully it was not. This film has greater emotive depth and tense action sequences than (I am told) Spielberg's Lincoln has.

I would say that this film is generally very realistic. The only place where it deviates a little from believability is when one of the vampires throws a horse at Abraham Lincoln. While I do not question the strength of the horse-throwing vampire, the physics of horse flight is probably not accurately portrayed.

I think the film will appeal to those who are not very pedantic and are willing to overlook slight inaccuracies in the trajectory of a horse that has just been thrown by a vampire.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By FJY on 23 Dec 2012
Format: DVD
I have just watched this film. I thoroughly enjoyed it, it is very entertaining and full of action, from start to finish. OK, so it may not be very historically accurate and some liberties are taken with that, but the constant action more than compensates for that. It is reasonably violent and very gory, so young children should not be allowed to watch this film. The acting was generally very good and it flowed very well and did not drag at all. A lot of the action is produced with the help of a lot of CGI, but it was done very well and did not really look fake at all. I did not manage to see this film at the cinema, which I regret, but I am glad that I caught it on DVD. Four stars from me!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Pantheon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Jan 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Firstly I don't care if this film is historically accurate...anyone who goes to see a film with 'Vampire Hunter' in the title expecting historical accuracy is an idiot in my opinion.
This is a great, absorbing, action-horror with some very clever interweaving of established historical facts. I found the entire film to be excellent entertainment from start to finish. I watched the 3D blu-ray and I can say that I was very impressed with the 3D - there's very little in the way of ghosting and the amount of depth perception is impressive. Thankfully, the director never goes for the 'Oooh, that's 3D' shot of things awkwardly being thrust towards the screen; instead favouring the technique of staging shots with a lot of fore, middle and background detail - although I will say that the burning embers during the train sequence really did seem to 'come out of the screen'.
All performances are strong, but of special note is Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who manages to make Mary Todd Lincoln a very sympathetic and rounded character despite her limited screen time - most notably during her breakdown when she slaps at Lincoln.
The vampires are, thankfully, of the horrific scary variety rather than the beautiful, glittery type and this film benefits greatly for that. Masses of teeth and bad skin are the norm for these vamps and I found them a joy to watch.
Having watched the film twice in as many days I can honestly say it's a really great piece of escapism and one to watch many time over. Is it going to tax your brain? Probably not; but it should entertain thoroughly!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Dec 2012
Format: DVD
When young Abraham Lincoln angers a man (who happens to a vampire), the man takes his revenge by killing the boy's mother. Lincoln then dedicates his life to finding vampires and killing them with his silver-tipped ax.

I really enjoyed this movie. Yes, it's horrifically gory at times, but the clever mix of fantasy and true events is very well done and I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. We follow Lincoln from store clerk to the White House. The movie isn't playing for laughs, it's utterly serious. I actually found it more entertaining than Daniel Day-Lewis' "Lincoln."

The title had me expecting a cheesy, low-budget slasher, but the production values are high and the special effects are excellent. The acting is also very good; Benjamin Walker plays a convincing Lincoln and Rufus Sewell is truly menacing as his nemesis.

This is a surprising, clever story that includes just enough historical facts to make it almost plausible. A lot of blood, but still recommended.
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