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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter And Why Hollywood Should Stick To Biopics

Submitted by on May 31, 2012 – 10:49 am3 Comments
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What the hell happened to ‘based on a true story?’

Folks, whether you’ve noticed or not, there’s a new trend seeping through Hollywood. That trend is to take a historical figure and put them in an impossible scenario, which we know never happened, for the sake of entertainment.

The two most recent examples of this have been Anonymous – based on the Oxfordian theory of Shakespearean authorship- and The Raven – featuring Edgar Allan Poe as a Sherlock Holmes-esque detective. Now there’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer.

Maybe the third time will be the proverbial charm?

So basically, Lincoln’s mother, (who actually died of milk sickness when he was nine) is killed by vampires, driving him to “kill them all” no Odd Future in order to avenge her.

These vampires are aided by slavemasters and even seem to take part in the Civil War. Actor Benjamin Walker, who beat Nicolas Cage for the role, stars as Lincoln in the film, which was principally filmed in the state of Louisiana.

Now while it can certainly be entertaining to re-imagine one of the nation’s most revered leaders as a badass, masterful killer of the undead, there’s one problem with such re-imaginings. This same problem presents itself in Anonymous as well as The Raven.

The very compelling and true stories of Shakespeare, Poe, and Lincoln have never really been told in the modern film era! There’s enough to be explored, enough secrets and story arcs to be uncovered and depicted – as true life is often more talented at twists and turns than screenwriters – to make incredible movie magic.

Both of the other films mentioned here had underwhelming releases. Will this historical fiction (fantasy?)  film be any different? If not, will Hollywood get the message and leave films of this type alone – at least until the biopics are released?

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer will be released to theaters on June 22.

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