Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) Poster

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  • Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walker), the 16th President of the United States [March 1861 to April 1865], tells in his diary about his secret life that evolved after he witnessed the death of his mother in 1818. His father said that she was poisoned by wealthy plantation owner Jack Barts (Marton Csokas) but, 10 years later, Abraham learns that Barts is actually a vampire and sets out to kill him. Along the way, he meets and is trained by vampire hunter Henry Sturges (Dominic Cooper), woos and marries Mary Todd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), fights to abolish slavery, and, with the help of his boyhood friend Will Johnson (Anthony Mackie) and boss Joshua Speed (Jimmi Simpson), is forced to defeat the powerful head vampire Adam (Rufus Sewell), who is planning to take over the United States and create a nation of the Undead.

  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is also a 2010 novel by American novelist Seth Grahame-Smith. The novel was adapted for the film by Smith and English-born American screenwriter Simon Kinberg.

  • Angered to find that the train is carrying rocks, Adam goes after Abraham, screaming, "Where's the silver?" "Right here," Abraham replies and plunges his fist, holding the silver pocket watch, into Adam's chest, destroying him. Abraham, Will, and Henry then escape from the train just before the burning trestle collapses. This time, when Henry asks, "Where's the silver?", Abraham reveals that Mary and the freed slaves have transported it out of Washington through the Underground Railroad to Gettysburg where it's already being fashioned into bullets and bayonets to use against the vampire army. The scene then cuts to 19 November 1863, the day on which President Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address at the cemetery's dedication. This scene then cuts to 14 April 1865. Lincoln is making a few notes in his diary, while Mary admonishes him to hurry up or they will be late for the theater. Henry tries to convince him to be made immortal so that they can fight vampires through the ages side-by-side, but Lincoln turns him down. As Abraham and Mary's carriage pulls away, Lincoln says in a voice-over: History prefers legends to men. It prefers nobility to brutality, soaring speeches to quiet deeds. History remembers the battle and forgets the blood. However history remembers me, if it does at all, it shall only remember a fraction of the truth. In the final scene, which takes place in modern time, Henry Sturges is sitting in a bar next to an obviously drunk young man. Henry turns to him and says, "A guy only gets that drunk when he wants to kiss a girl or kill a man. So which is it?" He nudges the man and a gun falls to the floor.

  • No. The last thing before the "full credits" is the drawing made with blood.

  • There are many sites where Lincoln's Gettysburg Address can be read, but it's a short speech, easily presented here. Lincoln said: Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.


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