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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

R  |   |  Action, Fantasy, Horror  |  22 June 2012 (USA)
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Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, discovers vampires are planning to take over the United States. He makes it his mission to eliminate them.

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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. Written by garykmcd

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Rated R for violence throughout and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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22 June 2012 (USA)  »

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$69,000,000 (estimated)

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$16,306,974 (USA) (22 June 2012)

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$37,516,013 (USA) (14 September 2012)
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Joshua Speed (played by Jimmi Simpson) was one of Abraham Lincoln's oldest friends dating back to their days in Springfield, Illinois. Although Joshua never actually came to Washington his brother James Speed was considered one of Lincoln's oldest friends in Washington and served as Attorney General from late 1864 until he resigned in 1866. See more »

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Just after meeting Mary Todd while working in a small store, Abe receives a letter. While the narrator reads the letter aloud - "Your prescription awaits you at the local pharmacy. Ask for Aaron Stibble." - the actual letter says nothing of the sort. See more »

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Abraham Lincoln: [voice-over in his journal] History prefers legends to men. It prefers nobility to brutality, soaring speeches to quiet deeds. History remembers the battle and forgets the blood. Whatever history remembers me, if it remembers me at all, it shall only remember a fraction of the truth. For what ever else I am, a husband, a lawyer... a President... I shall always think of myself as a man who struggled against darkness.
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Quartet for Strings in B Flat Major 'La Chasse' Op. 1/1 - Minuet
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A terrific action summer movie with a fresh visual style.
28 November 2012 | by (Mars) – See all my reviews

After watching Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter at home I asked myself why I didn't go to see it in a movie theater during the summer. I should have but I guess the reason was that I thought the premise was silly. Too bad because this is a terrific action film. It's very entertaining but I stress that it's not dumb. All the actors deliver good performances. Benjamin Walker creates a fantastic hero in Abraham Lincoln, a secret vampire hunter and the 16th President of the United States. Walker is good in the action scenes as well as at delivering Lincoln's historic lines. He begins hunting vampires as a young man with the assistance of his mentor Henry Sturges (Dominic Cooper). Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays Lincoln's wife Mary Todd and Anthony Mackie plays his closest friend William Johnson. Rufus Sewell as Adam is the film's main antagonist, a powerful vampire with an interesting story. The film is based on Seth Grahame-Smith's mashup novel of the same name. It plays very much like a comic book movie, and it takes liberties with the facts of Lincoln's life while poking fun at some of them. Director Timur Bekmambetov has a talent for creating impressive visuals, but here with the assistance of cinematographer Caleb Deschanel the look of the film is often stunning. The scene in which Lincoln fights Jack Barts on horseback at sunset is just one amazing highlight. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter earned almost twice its budget at the box office but it should have been a bigger hit. It's serious fantasy horror. I won't be surprised if it becomes a cult movie. It's one of the best films of 2012, and I definitely recommend seeing it.


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