— Abraham Lincoln — Vampire Hunter?! — Where’d That Come From?


OK, I was watching some TV and then bam!  I was assaulted by the commercial for a new movie called Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter.  I was definitely entertained by the film Trailer, but for the life of me, I had no idea where the concept came from.  It is such a random concept that it caught me off guard.  Where would an idea of Abraham Lincoln as a Vampire Hunter come from.  When did Honest Abe become Blade?  But here’s what I gather!

Apparently, the storyline is based upon a novel written by Seth Grahame-Smith.  Basically, Honest Abe is taught about vampires at a young age of 16.  He goes to investigate an apparent vampire attack only to be attacked and nearly killed himself.  He is rescued from the grips of death by another vamp who teaches him all about vampires and also teaches him how to fight them.  It turns out that Vampires are sometimes good and sometimes bad but are leaving Europe for the Americas (apparently due to the slave trade).  That good vamp continually sends the names of “bad” vamps to Abe and he goes after them.  Hunting as it were.

What sounds interesting to me is that the author wraps up Lincoln’s work on Emancipation with combating the Vampire scourge… which I think is pretty witty.  Here goes the Trailer:

Will I be seeing it???  Oh Hells Yea!

Kali Pinckney


2 Comments Add yours

  1. DLFowler says:

    The idea probably originates from recent research into Lincoln’s psychology. He suffered a series of traumas during childhood, adolescenc and early adulthnood. One of them was his mother’s death (he was 9). He also heard stories of his grandfather’s murder at the hands of Native Americans – the violent act happened in front of Thomas Lincoln at the age of 2 (Thomas was Abe’s father).

    Vampire Hunter appears to play off of the deepseated resentment that seems to have dominated Lincoln’s adult personality. His obsession with ending slavery may have had roots in his resentment toward his father whom he likely blamed for his Mother’s death. It seems that Lincoln also made a personal connection with the plight of slaves whom he saw being mistreated by their overseers. It remineded him of the whippings he suffered at his father’s hands and of his father’s attempts to shackle him to a life hard labor as a subsistence farmer. Abe had a passion for poetry, reading and writing – many who observed his early life called him lazy because he did everything he could to avoid manual labor.

    I would suggest that Vampire Hunter is an allegory for how Lincoln avenged the injustices of his early life. In fact, when viewed that way, it may symbolize the root of his views on the injustice of slavery and the passion with which he pursued its perpetrators.

  2. tor4hershman says:

    I wonder if ALVH could’ve been inspired by my
    “Everybody Loves Darwin The Vampire Slayer”
    comedy bit.
    Thievery. . .amongst DNA. . . . .IN HOLLYWOOD!!!
    Nay, couldn’t be.
    Most assuredly not with the FBI (Filmmakers’ Bitches Incorporated) watching over we all.

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