[Please note: I have not read the book on which this movie is based, so there will be no comparisons to the source material.]
There are certain types of movies that you understand will be bad from the first moment you hear about them, or the first glimpse you catch of a trailer. The only question at that point is what type of bad they’ll be. Sometimes a “bad” film ends up being so ludicrous that it crosses the boundary into the territory of the perversely entertaining. More often, though, it is just soul-crushingly painful to watch, leaving you to question the worth of your own life by the time the credits roll. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter seemed like it had the potential to be the first type of bad, and was for brief moments…but ultimately it veered off to become the second.
So what was wrong with this movie? As always, spoilers will follow, so don’t proceed onward unless you’ve already seen this film or are positive that you don’t want to. But for those of you who don’t proceed past the gap, I’ll say this. I am angry at the waste of an awful but entertaining concept. I am baffled by the rushed and incoherent story. Most of all, though, I am furious with the historical and personal liberties taken with the lives of Abraham Lincoln and those people who surrounded him, many of which didn’t need to be taken and some of which at times strayed into the offensive.
Now then, let’s have a look at that concept, shall we? (more…)