The image above was from GetGlue, a sticker you earn after watching the movie Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, based on a book of the same name by author Seth Grahame-Smith. Yes, yesterday we’ve watched the movie and…
I am taking back – partly – what I’ve said before “I’ve read the book and for the first time I will say this: The movie looks better!” Find out why inside…
Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter movie adaptation is a movie you should watch for its good production design and costume that truly depicts the time of Abraham Lincoln. There were also the action-packed scenes of Abe killing the blood-suckers whose true vampiric form resemble bats, making them scary – the way vampires has been for centuries (until Edward came along).
The movie tells of the story of Abraham Lincoln before he became the greatest President of the United States of America – and briefly during his tenure. His secret life as a vampire hunter. His secret desire to take revenge on these creatures of evil that killed his mother and the parents of his best friend, a black American born free.
This axe-wielding Abe that the world never knew soon entered politics to have the power to protect humanity, the free world of America as well as to kill vampires and get the south to embrace freedom. And that’s where everything ends for me.
What I don’t like with this movie adaptation of the book is that it has gone too far from its source and history. The movie plot was different too. The focus of the movie was elsewhere. Instead of concentrating on the secret life of Abraham Lincoln as a vampire hunter, the movie delved into the war and revenge between a vampire named Henry (who trained Abe in axe fighting) versus a vampire group that killed Henry’s wife and turned him into a blood-sucker like them.
It wasn’t like that in the book. Far from it! The book was about Abraham Lincoln. How he lived, how his secret life turned him and helped him to be the country’s greatest President. How it shoot him to be the champion of the free peoples, regardless of color, of the United States of America.
The book was also, in part, about two groups of vampire who have different objectives. Henry’s group (mind you, Henry isn’t even the oldest vampire in the group), and the Southerner group who believes in slavery and creating a vampire nation. Yes, the American Civil War was, behind-the-scenes, supported by this bad vampires.
It was about Abe’s life journey. It was about America’s road to freedom and greatness. It was about a group who have the power to shape history yet they chose to let those without power to write the future. It wasn’t about some age-old revenge, or petty self-interest war and all. It was about Abe and America.
Add to that, the book was much more closer to actual history than the movie was. This book by Seth Grahame-Smith was a mashup novel, using actual events as the setting and real people as characters, then adding in fiction. It makes the fiction story appear as fact.
The movie on the other hand was obvious, from the first few scenes as fiction. Anyone familiar with Abe’s life in part or in whole, will find many inconsistencies in the movie. The effect that the book imprinted on its readers was completely lost in the movie.
That’s what makes the movie half-good from my perspective. I can not grasp why they have to deviate from the book and real history. As someone who’ve read the book, I can identify sections of it that can be left out in the movie to fit it all in without wiping out that feeling that it was a true story.
I give this movie a rating of 7 out of 10 stars. If you’ve read the book, then do not watch this movie, you will be disappointed. If you haven’t read the book, then watch it.
Is a self-confessed bibliophile and technophile other than being an early adopter, an avid gamer, a geek, nerd, role-player, anime otaku, and trekker.
His first online project was in 1998 when he launched the unofficial website for Ansalon MUD (a text-based, telnet online game) and his own community forums Laibcoms.Community. By 2003 he created his work blog GM-Yukino which grew into gameshogun™, Snoworld™, and techmagus™ over the years.
Yuki’s latest project is Verses.Space™, a Free Culture / Creative Commons, collaborative, and shared-world, worldbuilding and writing project.
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