Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a film that is equal parts horror, fantasy, and historical fiction. The story is based on the real-life President Abraham Lincoln who was the 16th President of the United States and is most famous for shepherding the country through the turbulent times of the Civil War. In Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, President Lincoln faces another challenge. He discovers that vampires exist and are on a mission to destroy the United States. He understands his role as president to make sure the vampires are defeated so he takes it upon himself to do just that.
The film makes Abraham Lincoln an inadvertent vampire hunter throughout his entire life. He defends a young slave boy who he seems being beaten by an overseer. After he does that he meets a man named Sturgis who tells him about vampires and offers to train him to defeat them. Lincoln accepts and he begins to train. He also has a silver pocket watch to defend himself from the vampires because to them silver is deadly. Lincoln then discovers that Sturgis, his trainer, is actually a vampire too. Heartbroken, Lincoln decides to abandon his vampire hunting ways and enter politics. He marries Mary and begins his campaign for the White House.
Lincoln is elected President and the vampires continue their assault on the country. Lincoln orders the amassing of all silver in Washington, D.C. and melts it down in order to create a super weapon to kill the vampires with. Lincoln is then betrayed by someone close to him who tells the vampires about Lincoln's plan. There is a massive fight aboard a train which culminates in Lincoln killing one of the head vampires. His wife, Mary, escapes with all the silver along the underground railroad. The silver is then given to the Union soldiers who use to kill all the vampires. The film ends by Sturgis trying to persuade Lincoln to let him bite him and then make him a vampire. Lincoln says no because he does not want to be immortal. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter blends the real life history of Abraham Lincoln with the horror of vampires. It creates an interesting combination of the two genres in a fantasy film.
Were this to ever be made into a game, Nerdist is now entitled to a finder's fee as far as I'm concerned. To hype the upcoming "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," 20th Century Fox had a couple fine geeks craft some bloody adventures of 8-Bit Abe in the style of an old Nintendo Entertainment System title. Surprisingly, it's a shame this doesn't really exist.
"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," "Brave" and "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" all hit theaters this weekend, providing a number of different options for moviegoers. Which ones are worth seeing?