What if our 16th president’s plight was not to abolish slavery, but to hunt down the vampires who killed his mother and grandfather? And what if he leads troops into battle wielding an axe, better to sever the heads of undead vampires with?
That is the premise of this summer’s “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” (Yes, really.)
Twentieth Century Fox’s film is based on the book of the same name by author Seth Grahame-Smith, who also penned “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.”
“Vampire Hunter’s” plot is one part history and two parts crazy. In the film, Lincoln is elected president and instigates a Civil War, not against the South, but against angry vampires. The action is violent, and the effects are gruesome — two aspects any horror fan will appreciate. But historians? Not so much.