By Brett Mullins
Directed by Timur Bekmambetov
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is likely to disappoint many viewers. This film does well to put up a mask as an action/adventure, tongue in cheek comedy; however, ALVH is simply a Syfy original type film with a $70,000,000 budget.
Though we remember Abe Lincoln for his term as President during the Civil War and subsequent assassination, it appears that he lead a vengeance fueled life of slaying vampires. Author Seth Grahame-Smith blended this revisionist account perfectly with lay knowledge to create a story that made the audience care about the characters.
The film’s production costs can be seen through several battle scenes of CG mayhem. This is not the stuff one would find in Mega Shark versus Giant Octopus! (Forgive me for referencing this in two consecutive reviews.)
The four male protagonists were cast well and ultimately keep the film interesting. The other characters, however, were flat, experienced little development, and had only a few lines of dialogue.
ALVH is nonetheless a fun experience with laughs, spooks, and lots of violence. This film is no masterpiece; however, it will help to revive the teenybopper overrun Vampire genre.