Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter [DVD] [2012]

  • SKU: 6673322
  • Release Date: 10/23/2012
  • Rating: R
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (439 out of 473)

Special Features


  • Dark Secrets: Book to Screen
  • Audio Commentary with Writer Seth Grahame-Smith
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
As a young boy, Abraham Lincoln watched his mother Nancy (Robin McLeavy) suffer an agonizing death following a midnight encounter with malevolent bloodsucker Jack Barts (Martin Csokas). Nine years later, a vengeful Lincoln (played as an adult by Benjamin Walker) attempts to vanquish Barts and has his first terrifying encounter with the creatures of the night. Fortunately for the future of the nation, the would-be assassin is saved by determined vampire hunter Henry Sturgess (Dominic Cooper) at the last possible moment, and he lives on to perfect his vampire-slaying skills under his rescuer. Flash forward to 1837, as Lincoln arrives in Springfield, IL, and quickly lands a job as a shopkeeper under Joshua Speed (Jimmi Simpson), while also dividing his personal time between studying law and slaughtering vampires. Shortly after falling under the spell of beautiful Mary Todd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Lincoln has a belated reunion with his childhood friend Will Johnson (Anthony Mackie), who reinvigorates his passion to fight for freedom. But a war is coming, and immortal plantation owner Adam (Rufus Sewell) is determined to use it as a means of gaining the upper hand against mankind. Years later, as the 16th president of the United States, Lincoln is joined by his old friends in a last-ditch effort to save not just the Union, but the very future of humanity., Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Benjamin Walker
    Benjamin Walker - Abraham Lincoln
  • Dominic Cooper
    Dominic Cooper - Henry Sturges
  • Anthony Mackie
    Anthony Mackie - Will Johnson
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead
    Mary Elizabeth Winstead - Mary Todd Lincoln
  • Rufus Sewell
    Rufus Sewell - Adam



Overall customer rating

4.2
93%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Surprisingly good!

    Posted
    MovieMan1966

    I never heard of the book before the movie came out. When I saw the first poster for this movie in the lobby of the local theater, I thought this was a joke. When I took a closer look at the poster I noticed this is a Tim Burton film. Burton does have crazy ideas. I do not think I would have gone to this film if it was not done by him. I did not know what to expect because there were not many trailers available for this film either. I found out this was adapted from a book about a week before this was released to the theater so I did not read the book. Within the first five minutes of the film I knew from the style of film Burton did not direct this. I thought this was going to be a disappointment. It was not. What I liked most about the movie is it did not go between a drama and a quirky comedy. There were not any cute puns (which I absolutely hate) to change the tone of the story or the characters. The script stayed on track. Many critics blamed the movie for taking itself too seriously. I think it did the right thing. If it would have gone between drama and comedy it would have not had a purpose. This movie is fun despite the fact it is a drama. It tells the alternative story of Abraham Lincoln. I know there are not vampires and this movie was not attempting to convince people there are. It is clearly a piece of serious fiction like 'The DaVinci Code.' If people want an escape from reality with some fun storytelling and great action sequences this is a great movie to see!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Odd, yet entertaining, look at Lincoln, Civil War

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    deevwatcher
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    A creative, if bizarre, exercise in secret history, yet not offensive to the actual peoples and events of the period, naysayers' claims to the contrary, as other films take odder liberties with history (did anyone think X-Men: First Class trivialized the Cuban Missile Crisis, by making it an evil mutant plot, for example?), but are harmless. Those concerned with such things have a responsibility to read a history book, and learn how things really happened. Yes, the movie, written by the same author who wrote the book, took more liberties with history than the book did (2 premature historical deaths--no spoilers), but then, this is Benjamin Walker's portrayal of Young Mister Lincoln, not Henry Fonda's. Even with the weird circumstances and motives for Lincoln's actions, as well as the horror and action star elements, it still manages to depict Abe as a noble, honorable icon, not a joke.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Presidential vampire hunter

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    Dval
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    Ended up having to buy a new 3D Blu-ray player to watch this because mine from last year won't play it :/ Samsung E5900 ftw... Like others, I was quite surprised by this movie. When I first heard about the movie I just rolled my eyes and passed it off as something absurd. However, it's actually a really good movie. Action from start to finish. Honest Abe lays a serious smackdown on vamps here. The movie takes you through all stages of Lincoln's life as a kid, young adult, and over the hill as he's in the White House. Think he was swinging that axe even better in his 50s than in his 20s! This was the first 3D movie I've watched at home and I was thoroughly impressed by the effects. Didn't get any headaches or anything. Loved seeing the heads go flying or the hanging blood splatter from an axe to the face. Extras are apparently on the Blu-ray disc, but I was too lazy to swap the disc out for it and put in some anime instead. And..."still a better love story than Twilight".

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An epic telling of a fictitious story

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    ShopperNJ
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    Enjoyed this film. Granted, it's a fanciful story about Abraham Lincoln as a vampire Hunter. But that's what it supposed to be. The filmmakers give you an epic view in this telling. I thought it was very inventive, and a lot of fun. I don't think you'll be disappointed with the story or the action sequences that you see. I wish I'd seen it in 3-D. I purchased the 2-D version because I don't have a 3-D TV yet. I really enjoyed all of the actors in this movie. They made it seem very believable that Abraham Lincoln was a vampire Hunter. And the actor that played Abarham Lincoln did an excellent job. The movie uses extensive CG effects to help give you a grander scope then otherwise would be have been possible. The people that I've shown the movie too really enjoyed it. I think you will too, as long as you're not scared away by the title!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid vampire movie

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    XVinny84X
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    I have never read a book, so I bought this movie not expecting too much and was pleasantly surprised. Movie isn't great and definitely you won't be talking about if for years to come, but for what it's trying to achieve it nails. Lincoln as vampire hunter trained in handling axe to do battle with night creatures, might just be the coolest idea since vampires went all vegan on us;-) Movie has some amazing set pieces and the battle in the horde of running horses will remain in my memory for a long time. You may wonder why I gave it 4 stars, but again, if you do like vampires and a bit on the graphic side sort of movies, you won't be disappointed. You might never watch this again, but you could do a lot worse when it comes to vampire movies...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Shouldn't have waited this long to check it out!

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    DunbarandSWF
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    As someone who really doesn't care for vampire movies, I gave this movie a chance because of a memorable movie trailer and civil war period setting. I loved how this fictional tale is spun around much of Lincoln's early tragic childhood memories, to his adult courtship of Mary Todd and eventual ascent to the presidency where the fight to defeat the spread of vampires into the northern states becomes as important to him personally as are the issues of preserving the union and ending slavery. The story moves along very quickly without overdoing the vampire thing and should keep both fans of the genre plus period movie fans very pleased with the great cinematography and terrific ensemble cast. As a bonus, the blue ray set also is in 3D!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    This movie is absurd, but a good time.

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    Movienator
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    Abe Lincoln's life is interweaved with the absurd. The movie is supposed to be about Lincoln hunting vampires, but he doesn't hunt a lot of them. In fact, there's not a lot of vampires in the movie period. The movie tries to hit some of the iconic historical moments in Lincoln's life, and uses the vampires as a plot device to explain some of the tragedy that his family endured. The movie also felt rushed when Abe was hunting vampires, but seemed to slow when dwelling on the historical aspects of his life. This doesn't mean the movie is not enjoyable. If you are looking at this, your curiosity is probably going to get the best of you. Rent a copy first, or borrow from a friend, then decide.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very fun "popcorn flick"!

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    yhtomitb
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    Just for clarification, I have not read the book, but I trust it is similar, owing to the fact the author also wrote the screenplay. I loved this film. It far exceeded my expectations. The BD picture is stunning and the cinematography is appropriately moody in all the right places. Even though it was filmed in 2D, I understand they planned for the 3D conversion process during production. The sound is also first rate. It puts you right in the action. I have already introduced a friend to it and am looking forward to showing a few more as well. If you liked the book, I understand the story is a bit thinner in the film, but what can you expect for a two hour romp. Highly recommended.

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