As his kingdom is being threatened by the Turks, young prince Vlad Tepes must become a monster feared by his own people in order to obtain the power needed to protect his own family, and the families of his kingdom.
Transported to Barsoom, a Civil War vet discovers a barren planet seemingly inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter Woola and a princess in desperate need of a savior.
At the age of 9, Abraham Lincoln witnesses his mother being killed by a vampire, Jack Barts. Some 10 years later, he unsuccessfully tries to eliminate Barts but in the process makes the acquaintance of Henry Sturgess who teaches him how to fight and what is required to kill a vampire. The quid pro quo is that Abe will kill only those vampires that Henry directs him to. Abe relocates to Springfield where he gets a job as a store clerk while he studies the law and kills vampires by night. He also meets and eventually marries the pretty Mary Todd. Many years later as President of the United States, he comes to realize that vampires are fighting with the Confederate forces. As a result he mounts his own campaign to defeat them. Written by
Trent Reznor was approached about scoring and playing a minor part in the film, but the news leaked before the final decision and Reznor voted to pass on the project as the surprise element of his participation had already been lost. See more »
Abraham Lincoln's big sister Sarah, and his stepmother who was another Sarah, do not appear at all in the film. They should have been prominent in scenes of young Abraham's life. The stepmother even outlived Lincoln, dying in 1869. See more »
[voice-over in his journal]
History prefers legends to men. It prefers nobility to brutality, soaring speeches to quiet deeds. History remembers the battle and forgets the blood. Whatever history remembers of me, if it remembers anything at all, it shall only be a fraction of the truth. For whatever else I am - a husband, a lawyer, a President - I shall always think of myself as a man who struggled against darkness.
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This movie was surprisingly entertaining, which I doubted when I saw
the trailer. It begins slow but steadily gains speed throughout the
film. Though it doesn't get as good as a good vampire film should, it
offers a fictional story with a non-fictional setting and characters.
Benjamin Walker gives a good performance as the president who believes
in vampires. Dominic Cooper as Henry was OK but could of been better.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead I believe was miscast in her role as Mary Todd,
she was too young for me too believe her as an older Mary Todd. Other
than that the film was generally entertaining if leading away to boring
conversation parts. The fight scenes are done well and the weapon of
choice: An Axe, which is well used in this film. If you like Abraham
Lincoln and you like Vampires then you will love this movie!. Thanks
for reading and enjoy the Film.
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