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Thursday 16 February 2012

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

This one is by request...

Okay, the accomplishments of Abraham Lincoln are well documented... not to mention the nickname "honest Abe."  The dude is righteous.  He played an important role in American history (thanks historyking.com) during the Civil war. His heroic efforts helped preserve the Union.

Other accomplishments include:
  • The Proclamation of Emancipation which was responsible for ending slavery in the southern states.
  • Inspiring speeches, including The Gettysburg Address.
  • He is often  quoted. My favourite being: It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool then to open ones mouth and remove all doubt.
  • The Homestead Act, which allowed the poorer people in the east to get land in the western part of the country.
  • The Morrill Act was passed to ensure that every state had an agricultural and mechanical college. The National Banking Act helped all the banks to be nationalized and get connected through networks in the United States.
  • When Lincoln took office the country was in a chaotic state in the Civil War. His excellent foreign policy made sure that America did not come under attack from any foreign countries because of the unrest in the country due to the Civil War. 
  • He is the role model for every president that gets elected to the Oval Office.
Sorry for the history lesson (thanks again historyking.com) but of all of this man's great accomplishments, perhaps the most important is:  Vampire Hunter?

I can see how it would be a cool period piece - I liked the look and feel of Sleepy Hollow. And, you expect a dark, perhaps even twisted perspective from Tim Burton. The shorter of the two trailers (the longer one is really, really cheesy and looks almost spoof-ish - the wife says that the trailer on Youtube is actually a trailer for the book) is the better of the two and bills: From the director of Wanted, Timur Bekmambetov...  Wanted was an interesting Clive Barker-ish concept that had a decent cast, good action and all the elements of cool... but was very disappointing.  I'd compare it to blue balls.  He's also done other vampire things, but I haven't seen them.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith and is written in "found footage" style... I should say "found secret diaries and letters" style. Interesting concept. 

So, will this be a Tim Burton film that looks beautiful and has a tongue-in-cheek element like Sleepy Hollow or will it take itself too seriously? Or is it just an odd, albeit interesting attempt at breathing new life into vampires on film after they were almost destroyed at the box office (and by the Twilight Shite) in the last 10 years by zombies. 

You'd be pretty hard pressed to find a dude more righteous than Abe.  If he can end slavery, why not kill vampires, too?

I'm too curious to miss this one.

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