Nick Schager Reviews Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

“History prefers legends to men,” intones Honest Abe at the beginning of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and despite comically purporting to take the opposite stance, so too does this ludicrous movie, which rewrites the saga of America’s 16th president into a ridiculous Matrix-indebted horror-action extravaganza. Working from Seth Grahame-Smith’s revisionist novel, director Timor Bekmambetov doesn’t need to make his material overtly wink at the audience because his conceit—that Lincoln spent his life slaying bloodsuckers, be it to avenge his mother’s murder or to free the South from vamps—is itself enough of an obvious dim-bulb joke.

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