The historical horror genre has arrived. President Lincoln: superhero. Who knew vampires were behind slavery???
This is hands-down the most creative film of the year. Change that. In many years. Perfect for the “Twilight” crowd, this one has Abe Lincoln not only fighting to end slavery but fighting to stop vampires from taking over the country.
You really need to suspend belief at the door for this one. A whole lot does not make sense. How could people not notice vampires are murdering their neighbors? And how do these vampires walk around in daylight , wearing just sunglasses as protection. Wait a minute. Who knew they had sunglasses in the 1860’s???? Who knew vampires could disappear one minute and then come back from glittery dust to strike out at their victims. Who knew Mary Todd Lincoln was such a babe??? Or that sexy vampires in the 1860’s wore skin-tight pants??!! That’s not to mention the modern-day language that works its way into the banter.
Basically, this is a hell of an entertaining movie, whether you buy into it or not. It’s not all that bloody for a vampire film but there are plenty of jumps and some decent use of 3-D. It has an awesome look- evoking the way the Coen brothers shot “True Grit” but using even more golds and browns to give it an old school-old-book look.
The vampires are fast and furious. There’s tons of action. Relative unknown Benjamin Walker (Meryl Streep’s son-in-law who looks like he can be Liam Neeson’s son with a 6-foot-3 height) takes the President from his teens to his 50’s. Dominick
Cooper plays Lincoln’s mentor and trainer while Anthony Mackie plays his oldest and dearest friend. Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays the spunky , independent Mary Todd.
One of the very cool things about this movie is it may inspire some delving into history. It sure could lead to some inspired sequels: Nazi vampires anyone???