| Abraham Lincoln:|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Timur Bekmambetov|
|Produced by|| Timur Bekmambetov|
|Starring|| Benjamin Walker|
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
|Music by||Henry Jackman|
|Editing by||William Hoy|
|Release date(s)||June 22, 2012|
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a 2012 film based on the historical fiction novel by Seth Grahame-Smith. The film was released in theaters on June 22nd, 2012. It's being released on DVD/Blu-ray on October 23rd, 2012.
In 1818, Abraham Lincoln lives in Indiana with his parents, Nancy (Robin McLeavy) and Thomas (Joseph Mawle), who works at a plantation owned by Jack Barts (Marton Csokas). There, Lincoln befriends a young African American boy, William Johnson, and intervenes when he sees Johnson being beaten by a slaver. Because of Lincoln's actions, Thomas is fired by Barts, who demands that Thomas pays his debts to him. When Thomas refuses, Barts warns him that there are more than one way to collect a debt. That night, Lincoln sees Barts breaking into his house and attacking Nancy. Thomas finds her ill the following day, and she dies shortly afterwards. He blames Barts, and tells Lincoln that he poisoned Nancy. Not long after, Thomas dies as well.
Nine years later, Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) decides to get revenge against Barts. He attacks Barts at the docks, but Barts overpowers him, revealing himself to be a vampire. However, before being killed by Barts, Lincoln is rescued by a man called Henry Sturgess (Dominic Cooper), who takes Lincoln to his mansion. There, Sturgess reveals that vampires exist, and offers to teach Lincoln how to become a vampire hunter. Lincoln accepts, and, after 10 years of training, travels to Springfield, Illinois, in 1837, where he begins to slay vampires. During his training, Lincoln is told by Sturgess that the vampires that live in America descend from Adam (Rufus Sewell), a powerful vampire who owns a plantation in New Orleans with his sister, Vadoma (Erin Wasson). Lincoln also learns that vampires often feed off of the slaves.
In Springfield, Lincoln befriends shopkeeper Joshua Speed (Jimmi Simpson), and falls in love with Mary Todd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), who is also being courted by a local politicial, Stephen A. Douglas (Alan Tudyk). Barts is one of the vampires living in Springfield, and, upon learning of Lincoln's presence, he begins to target Mary.
One day, Lincoln receives a visit from Johnson (Anthony Mackie), who now helps freed slaves to escape through the Underground Railroad. Johnson asks for Lincoln's help to evade bounty hunters who were hired to eliminate him. Lincoln and Johnson defeat the bounty hunters, and Lincoln later tells Mary what happened. She encourages him to fight for his ideals, and Lincoln begins to speak against slavery. Sturgess visits him, and says that he needs to focus on his mission. Sturgess then provides Lincoln with Barts' location.
Lincoln confronts Barts at a farm, where Barts is mortally wounded. Before dying, Barts reveals that Sturgess is a vampire as well. Lincoln confronts Sturgess, who reveals that, several years before, him and his girlfriend were attacked by Adam, who bit them both. Because Sturgess' soul wasn't pure, he became a vampire, and that prevented him from harming his "creator" or any other vampire since as Adam stated, "Only the living can kill the dead". Since then, Sturgess has been training vampire hunters in an effort to destroy Adam.
Lincoln, disappointed, decides to abandon his mission. However, Adam learns of his activities and captures Johnson in order to lure Lincoln into a trap at his plantation in New Orleans. Lincoln tells Speed the truth and they travel to Adam's estate, where Lincoln is captured. However, Speed storms into the mansion and rescues Lincoln and Johnson, and the three escape back to Ohio.
There, Lincoln marries Mary and hires Speed as his assistant and Johnson as his valet, allowing Johnson to continue his duties with the Underground Railroad undercover. Sturgess warns Lincoln that slaves are what keeps vampires under control, and if Lincoln interferes with that, there'll be an uprising, but Lincoln ignores his warnings.
Lincoln defeats Douglas and is elected President of the United States of America. He signs the Emancipation Proclamation and moves to the White House with Mary, where they have a son, William Wallace Lincoln (Cameron M. Brown). Years later, in 1861, Willie is bitten by Vadoma. Sturgess offers to turn Willie into a vampire in order to save him, and although Mary wants him to, Lincoln stops him. Following their son's death, Lincoln is blamed by his wife.
With the slaves freed, the vampires begin to attack all humans. Lincoln deploys his troops to confront the vampires, but the monsters gain the upper hand because of their supernatural powers. Sturgess tries to convince Lincoln to offer Adam a truce, but Lincoln refuses, and is informed that Adam's army has repelled Lincoln's forces in the Battle of Gettysburg. Lincoln then decides to confiscate all the silverware of the area and have it melted in order to produce silver bullets for the soldiers to use in the battlefield. Speed, believing that Lincoln will lead them to death, betrays him and informs Adam that Lincoln will transport the silver to Gettysburg in a train.
Adam and Vadoma watch as Lincoln reconciles with Mary, who lives with the other slaves, and follow him to the train. Lincoln, Sturgess and Johnson fight Adam, Vadoma and other vampires, who have set a fire a few miles ahead while Speed damages the train's controls, hoping that it will crash against the fire and destroy the vampires. Adam kills Speed and fights Lincoln before being attacked by Sturgess. During the fight, Adam learns that there is no silver in the train, only rocks. Lincoln reveals that he lured Adam into a trap and stabs Adam with a silver knife that Sturgess had given him. Lincoln, Johnson and Sturgess then jump out of the train before it explodes.
Adam dies, but Vadoma escapes, and locates Mary, who had transported the silver to Gettysburg through the Underground Railroad. Vadoma tries to kill Mary there, but Mary kills Vadoma first, using a rifle to shoot the silver toy sword of her deceased son, into Vadoma's forehead.
With their leaders dead, the vampires become uncoordinated, and Lincoln leads the soldiers in a massive ambush. With their silver ammunition, the soldiers destroy the vampires and finally free America of them.
A few months later, on April 14, 1865, Sturgess congratulates Lincoln, revealing that the few remaining vampires have fled to other countries, and tries to convince Lincoln to allow him to turn Lincoln into a vampire, so Lincoln will become immortal and continue to help Sturgess to accomplish great things in the future. Lincoln refuses, and leaves for the theater with Mary, leaving Sturgess behind. That night, although not shown, Lincoln is shot by John Wilkes Booth and dies the next day.
Over a century later, in modern times, Sturgess locates a young man at a bar in Washington, D.C. and approaches him in the same way he once approached Lincoln, revealing that he's still alive and training vampire hunters.
- Director .... Timur Bekmambetov
- Screenplay .... Seth Grahame-Smith
- Producers .... Timur Bekmambetov, Tim Burton, Jim Lemley
- Music .... Henry Jackman
- Cinematography .... Caleb Deschanel
- Editing .... William Hoy
- Studio .... 20th Century Fox
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter will be released on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 23.
There was a New York Comic Con panel with acclaimed Content Director/Producer Javier Soto, Key Concept Artist Nimit Malavia, and Animation Director Matt Whelan as they previewed and discussed the amazing animated graphic novel, The Great Calamity, which will be exclusive to the upcoming Blu-ray release.
Two spectacular, brand new poster images were also unveiled, hand-drawn by Nimit in the same vein as the digital graphic novel.
- Budget - $69 million
- Tom Hardy was approached for the title role of Abraham Lincoln, but had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts with The Dark Knight Rises. Later, Eric Bana, Timothy Olyphant, Adrien Brody, Josh Lucas, James D'Arcy and Oliver Jackson-Cohen were considered to play the role before Benjamin Walker was cast.
- Joaquin Phoenix was the first choice for the role of Henry Sturges, but turned it down.
- Robin McLeavy was considered to play Lincoln's wife Mary Todd Lincoln, and was later cast as Lincoln's mother Nancy.