If you haven’t figured it our by now, my tastes tend to be a little on the quirky side. So it should come as little surprise that while most people were breathlessly awaiting the new Batman movie, I was standing in line to buy tickets for a little period piece with far too little fanfare.
“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” (2012) is the film adaptation of a book by Seth Grahame-Smith, a little known author with big impact. “Abraham Lincoln,” like Smith’s first book “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” takes a story that everyone knows well and gives it a twist. You see, the history of one of America’s favorite presidents has a secret: he’s really a master vampire hunter.
Adaptations of books is a tricky thing for the movie business. Its impossible to present a direct translation, but when the author is also the screenwriter, you know you’ll get close. Smith and director Timur Bekmambetov give the subject gravity and excitement without getting too campy. The cast of primarily unknown actors is entirely believable and well case. The great Rufus Sewell is the one name actor in the case, giving primary vampire Adam an ease and intensity that meshes well with the subject matter.
With a book adaptation and story mash-up such as this its way too easy to go overboard, stepping on toes and become ridiculously cheesey. This thankfully, stays perfectly serious, creating an enjoyably fun film full of Vampire slaying goodness. This one will be soon be added to my collection.