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Message started by Gary A. Markette on Jun 25th, 2012, 9:42am

Title: Two Minute Review: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Post by Gary A. Markette on Jun 25th, 2012, 9:42am

You know, I thought I was pretty well informed about the American Civil War. I know things that most people don't. I know, for example, that the Confederate anthem was "The Bonnie Blue Flag" (not Dixie); that the Vice President of the Confederacy was Alexander Hamilton Stevens; that the actual name of the South's Ironclad was "The Virginia" (not the Merrimac). This movie, however, showed me just how ignorant I really am. I never knew that the South used Vampires at Gettysburg. Nor did I know that it was possible to gather several hundred tons of silver, smelt it into ammunition and bayonets, and ship it in secret from Washington to Gettysburg in one day.

To be fair, the movie is a lot of fun. Its special effects and stunts are very good. Please, though: Civil War buffs and Lincoln afficianados, avoid it. It'll only make you crazy. Alternate history is one thing; done well (as it was in Inglourious Basterds) it is less a strain on psychic distance. This film, with its amalgam of historic accuracy and wild divergence, outstrips the bounds of alternate history and enters the realm of the comic strip. I frequently felt like I was reading a graphic novel as the "jump-out-and-scare-ya" scenes and the deus ex machina triumps of good over evil unfolded. This movie is less watched than experienced and it is NOT for kids.

All that said: see this flick. It's a refreshing change from the plethora of remakes Hollywood is foisting on us this summer. It's a new idea and--however bizzarre--it deserves credit for that. How they ever pried open the purses of this thing's producers is a mystery--but I'm glad they did. Three smiles for this one   :) :)  :).

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Title: Re: Two Minute Review: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Post by Webbie on Jun 25th, 2012, 3:41pm

The suspension of disbelief has gone a long way with just the title.  :)

Title: Re: Two Minute Review: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Post by Jeangoldstrom on Jun 26th, 2012, 9:03pm

I'm a chronic reader of Yahoo's "Answers," just to inform myself what people are thinking about in the great world outside my house. And here's a report from that world; You would be amazed at how many young people are asking, seriously, "Was President Lincoln a vampire hunter?"

At least I hope they are young people.

Title: Re: Two Minute Review: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Post by ente per ente on Jun 26th, 2012, 9:28pm

"Was President Lincoln a vampire hunter?"

You  just  amazed  me...wasn't  he really?,eh
;D ;D ;D

From  young  people who  think  that  the Twilight  saga  movies  are    the best  titles   in the  MTV  movie awards  top  list  every  year, what else  could  you expect...? ;D ;D ;D

Just jesting, of course, but there's much more truth  in those stories  that point  out  the many  similarities  between  JFK  and  Lincoln, so that many think  JFK  was a sort of reincarnation  of President Lincoln  himself...

As  a matter  of  fact, such questions, even  if  weird,but with  some  very strange  connections  some historian has  noted  (how  many, by the way! :-?) could be  more acceptable  when  coming from the young  people  on the internet...

But, for sure, we can assure  those  young  ones  making  such  questions  out there  that , no, actually President Lincoln  wasn't a  vampire hunter 8-) ;)...that's fiction, that's only  a,eh ;D ;D ;, let  them  be back to  their  Twilight saga  (horrible),eh :)

done well (as it was in Inglourious Basterds)

In my humble opinion, Inglourious Basterds  could be really  perfect :)  if  the fictious story  showed  in the  movie  had  suggested  to the viewers  that  the Germans  had replaced  in the end  the  most-evil-person-in-history ( that  is  Adolf  H., of course)  by means of an actor  meant to  play  the role  of  the dead  one   after  the attack  at the  cinema, so that  WWII could continue  to its natural end, as  we all know, by  assuming( fictitiously) that the facts narrated  on the screen  could be  real, after all...but  it's just my opinion,eh,eh... 8-) ;)

Title: Re: Two Minute Review: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Post by Adrienne_Ray on Jul 18th, 2012, 5:14pm

It sounds like the book was better than the movie. I got the book because it sounded like a hoot and I was impressed by how well the writer merged history with the vampire myth. I didn't know that Lincoln had been in love with a girl and she died before they could marry. That was mentioned in the book (Vampire killed her, don't you know) and I asked my sister who is something of a Civil War enthusiast. Turns out, that's true.
The book had an eerie element to it that was kind of convincing. I enjoyed it a lot and looked forward to the movie.
I think if Lincoln had had the oportunity to be a vampire hunter, he would have jumped at the chance. I do not think he would have befriended a vampire because it would go against his Christian principals. However I do think I heard he was involved in a possible seance after his children died. So anything is possible.

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