Watch: Teaser Trailer for 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Arrives

February 13, 2012
Source: TIME

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Teaser Trailer

After nothing but photos from the set surfaced online over the past few months, we finally have our first look at footage from the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's historical horror book Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Honestly, while the action looks pretty decent, there's some slow motion shots of Honest Abe (Benjamin Walker) swinging an axe that just look a little ridiculous. Also, I'm not really sure how the last bump at the end of the trailer makes sense just yet, but then again neither does our 16th president hunting vampires, so maybe we can just let it slide. I'm still interested to see how this turns out.

The teaser trailer for Timur Bekmambetov Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, via TIME:

President Lincoln's mother is killed by a supernatural creature, fueling his passion to crush vampires and their slave-owning helpers. A cross between D.W. Griffith's Abraham Lincoln & F. W. Murnau's Nosferatu.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is directed by Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov, director of the Night/Day Watch series, Irony of Fate 2, and Wanted previously. An adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's mash-up novel of the same name, it was adapted by writers Seth Grahame-Smith & Simon Kinberg (of xXx: State of the Union, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, X-Men: The Last Stand, Jumper, This Means War). 20th Century Fox is bringing Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter to theaters in 3D starting June 22, 2012 this summer.

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    What hurts is how great this could have been...Now it just looks like a parody of itself.
  • Anonymous
    I'm still waiting for Dusk Watch!
  • floppytall
    I'm looking forward to this but I think a lot of the general public will just see this and say WTF!?
  • Bombadeer
    im confused, did everyone think this movie wouldnt be a parody of itself? its called abe lincoln: vampire hunter. and the comment ethan about how abe swinging the axe looks ridiculous....did you think that abe swinging an axe wasnt gonna be ridiculous? everyone take a step back and just relax. it looks exactly how it is supposed to. riduclous. and fun. hope its just that.
    • But it feels like it doesn't know that the concept is ridiculous, and the film seems to be presented too seriously, like a legitimate horror adventure, when it should be some kind of Grindhouse film.
      • race bannon
        it should be some kind of grindhouse film? wtf? no. it looks just like i wanted it to, over the top with lincoln fucking vampires up. 
      • Anonymous
        i agree Grindhouse films are low-budget shlock (or their homage's) and this is no shlock. This is more around the typical over-the-top action like Resident Evil or Wild Wild West. Although I did think it would've taken itself a little more serious, perhaps tongue-in-cheek comedy with some social commentaries. Like Shaun of the Dead or Zombieland.
    • Tester
      I couldnt agree more with Bomdadeer
    • Armeetapus16
      I agree, this film just looks really fun. I don't know why everyone is taking it seriously.
    • jmase
      "ethan about how abe swinging the axe looks ridiculous....did you think that abe swinging an axe wasnt gonna be ridiculous?" you know abe lincoln grew up on a farm and did that as a kid right? it shouldn't be ridiculous............... but having a tree explode........... ya too much there :). but i also agree with ethat on how it takes itself way too seriously.
      • Zeus
        You know vampires aren't real, right, jmase?
      • Teacherkid
        I'm sorry, how is him killing vampires not "too much"?
  • I hate you. USA. For creating this kind of cinema.
    • Xerxexx
       Since the USA is responsible for all bad cinema. right?
      • Ender_leviticus
        i distinctively remember Trolls 2 was Italian...
        • Jericho
          with american actors
    • Tester
      I love you. USA. For creating the kind of freedom to choose what movies I watch and which I dont
      • Xerxexx
         Well said.
      • Anonymous
        Oh the sweet freedom to watch The Shawshank Redemption and New Moon back-to-back, and the hypocrisy to never see Brokeback Mountain or High School Musical.
    • Anonymous
      I hate you. Internets. For creating this kind of critic.
  • Reginald
    This could be good. Wanted was dreadful but I think this could turn out to be pretty decent.
  • I can't take this seriously, and I think that's why I like it! Yew!
  • Seth Pyrzynski
    I think it looks fantastic.  It is in great hands with this Director.
  • Mynameismine
    @Bombadeer I totally agree, c'mon it's Abraham Lincoln hunting vampires, it is not a serious drama movie, the story is plain silly and that's what makes it great. The directing, cinematography and choreography looks fine, you can't really complain about it. This movie falls into a guilty pleasure, I look forward to seeing it, I love the book so it should be fun but there are never any guarantees with movies now days.
  • Guy
    Uh ok, this could've made fun of itself intentionally, but then it would have been nothing like the book which it is trying to represent. This looks EPIC forget about your pre-conceptions. It looks so much more impressive than I was expecting. I'm totally seeing this.
  • Nadir Ahmed
    I think this is gonna be the first major flop of the summer. the same as 'Cowboy and Aliens', on paper sounds like a good idea, but the execution of it left much to be desired
    • Zeus
      I don't know about that... Battleship comes out a month before this.
  • I loved wanted and I'm sure this will live up to my expectations
  • Kaim
    Why in the hell are movies still doing AND showcasing the "jumping off two walls in a corner spin attack"??? This has been done so many times and is so retarded to being with it is hard to explain.
    • So true.
    • Teacherkid
      Couldn't you say the same thing about vampire movies?
  • It looks daft, but why shouldn't it?
  • Loser
    Could have been cool but looks silly and boring
  • Xerxexx
    I'll see it.
  • Anonymous
    Man they butchered Johnny Cash... -_-
  • !5AAk
    Bubba Ho Tep anyone? Live a little, eat some corn and enjoy the flick, looks like it'll be fun.
  • Traveler
    This looks a lot better than what I was expecting. Yes, the concept is ridiculous but the book was good and dark. That last scene was random and dumb though. I'll wait to see what the reviews are before I see this. 
  • Richie G
    Great trailer, I wasn't interested before... I am now. I like the serious approach, contrast between tone and subject matter or something. Feels fresh 'n could provide a laugh when ye realise the premise of the story you've gotten invested in. Awh, Benjamin Walker was supposed to be in Paradise Lost too. Ah well hopefully this will be extra awesome to make up for it. Have to admit that the list of movies Simon Kinberg wrote doesn't provide any kind of reassurance
  • ur_babys_daddy
    Im totally in.
  • Rusty Shackelford
    yes this movie looks just ridiculous. everyone knows the Washington Monument wasn't finished until about 20 years after Lincoln died. and yet they show the full, completed monument in this trailer!! preposterous!!!!! 
    • Lebowski
      Ha fuck were you really expecting historical accuracy from a project titled "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"? Because if you are, then you  are crazy and should seek psychiatric assistance immediately. 
  • Anonymous
    Book was really good. Based on Abe's Wikipedia article.
  • I'll consider this the anti-Twilight film. Any film with vampires being demolished instead of crying about love I'll watch...Especially if Abe Lincoln is killing them.
    • Hanqua
      *yawn* Another unnecessary Twilight reference. It seems that people who hate Twilight are actually more obsessed with it than its die hard fans. At least, they bring it up more incessantly. Move on - it's stale.
      • *yawn* Another unnecessary backhanded defense of the Twilight series. It seems every time someone mentions how bad Twilight was, or how bad Transformers was, someone tries to make a cynical, asshole-ish statement to openly defend it. Take your collection of Twilight books and your Bella posters and burn them. Move on - you're stale. 
  • VI0LAT0R
    I like it, hope it's awesome!
  • LW
    These comments are ending up like a 'Romeo and Juliet' intro: "Two Houses! One supporting Abraham Lincoln fighting vampires! The other finding it impossible, ridiculous and thus not worth their time"
  • Anonymous
    i really expected this to be more low budget then it is. but in no way does it turn me off from watching.
  • Artman91
    lol at the end Abe was like "F#ck you too, Tree!!!!!!!"
  • grimjob
    Honest Abe killing vamps with an axe. Yep, that's pretty rad.  At least one Civil War battle scene. That too is awesome. This just looks like it'll be a damn enjoyable flick!
  • The music soundtrack was awesome , its from Johnie Cash , he does a great cover of 9 inch nails "Hurt" ? single on the LP, I think its called the Man comes around, it was his last LP.
  • "  I'm not really sure how the last bump at the end of the trailer makes sense just yet ..." Abe was known as the "railsplitter" ... "Rail Splitter" was a nickname for Abraham Lincoln; it originated in the Illinois State Republican Convention at Decatur on 9 May 1860, when Richard J. Oglesby, later governor of Illinois, and John Hanks, who had lived with the Lincolns, marched into the convention hall with two fence rails placarded, "Abraham Lincoln, The Rail Candidate for President in 1860." Lincoln had worked as a soldier, a, a surveyor, a keeper, and a rail pursuing law and politics, and the nickname capitalized on his humble beginnings. The sobriquet caught on at the national convention at Chicago, spread quickly over the North, and became a valuable campaign asset. I guess they just don't teach history in schools anymore.   what is this country turning into?
  • Jtg870




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