By Kyra Smith-Cullen
October 25, 2012
History buffs might have a problem with “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” but the cast, visual elements and plot are enough to make the movie a captivating experience for the rest of its audience.
The movie is about Lincoln before and during his presidency, when he stumbled upon the existence of vampires. After a tragic experience, Lincoln sets off to destroy the legendary monsters. The premise alone helped draw me in, but what really kept me enthralled was the plot twists. Every time I thought I’d gotten a sense of what was going to happen, it went a completely different way. My only problem was that there isn’t always a clear sense of time, like years had passed when it only seemed like days.
The casting is extraordinarily well done. The historical characters, like Lincoln and his wife, actually look like their roles. I had no problem believing that Benjamin Walker was the hardworking, ‘honest’ Abe with a new aspect to his character: the ability to lie through his teeth. I couldn’t imagine a better actor for the villain than Rufus Sewall. Sewall’s portrayal of the lead vampire sent shivers down my spine with every word he spoke.
The animations for the vampires is also terrific; because every time a monstrous face appeared onscreen, I jumped and resisted the urge to scream because it was so startling. But not all the effects are as realistic, and understandably so when I considered the subjects were terrified horses. It is a scene involving a stampede and whenever they show a scared equine, it seems cartoonish. The director tries to counter this problem by showing as little of the horses’ faces as possible.
So if you’re looking for a film that mixes the scare of the horror genre with the plot of an action category, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” is a good choice because of an interesting plot, excellent acting and dynamic visual elements.