Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, starring Benjamin Walker, Rufus Sewell, and Dominic Cooper and based on Seth Grahame-Smith's novel of the same title, tells the alternate-history, paranormal version of Lincoln's rise to power and the reason for his ultimate assassination.
To be honest, I wasn't sure what I was going to think about the movie, but when given the opportunity to review it, my curiosity got the better of me. I'm so glad I took the chance; the movie was both enjoyable and intense. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is less about vampires and more about big-action scenes, Lincoln, and terrific special effects.
One of the best parts of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was the way the writers wove the facts of history into the story, giving them a new slant. For example, I loved the retelling of Gettysburg and Pickett's Charge, and I'll never think of that battle in the same way again. The movie is well acted, and the settings, effects, and costumes help set the mood and boost the action.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a good choice for the Halloween season, and home viewers can pick up the DVD, BluRay, and/or 3-D versions on disc tomorrow. The special features on the discs include the following:
- The Great Calamity Graphic Novel
- Audio Commentary with Writer Seth Grahame-Smith
- The Making of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
- On the Set: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
- The Art of Transformation: Make-Up Effects
Thanks to Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Think Jam for the review copy.