Forget everything you've ever learned about the nation's 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. The history books tell us he rose from dire poverty with only a year of education to become the greatest President Of The United States. His speeches have been memorized by generations of school children and he is memorialized by countless statues in the United States and around the world.
But did you know that Mr. Lincoln was also a hunter of the evil undead, vampires? That's the premise of the film "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" released in theaters last week. Based on the mashup novel of the same name by Seth Grahame-Smith, the story comes to us from the supposedly recently-discovered secret journal of Abraham Lincoln.
After Lincoln's mother dies when he is only 9 years old, young Abe discovers that she died not from an illness (as she did in real life), but as a result of an attack from a vampire. From this point on, Lincoln swears eternal vengeance against all vampires.
The entire idea is admittedly over-the-top and ridiculous. As an amateur, but dedicated, Lincoln historian, I never wanted to read the novel at all. But the publisher approached me prior to the release of the book and asked if I would review it on The Abraham Lincoln Blog, which I've written since 2007. I surprisingly loved the book and gave it a good review. Now I've been approached by one of the film's producers, Jim Lemley, to write a review of the film on my blog.
Here is a link to my review. Let me know what you think!