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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

watch it: “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”

As related to today’s QOTD:


This is a “trailer” for the new book Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.], which will be released soon. That’s interesting enough — trailers for books? neat — but it’s extra interesting because the Guardian is reporting that a movie is already in the works, with Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov producing (but likely neither of them will direct).

I don’t hold out much hope that the book will be worth a read, because Grahame-Smith also wrote Pride and Prejudice and Zombies [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.], which is a fantastic concept that quickly runs out of steam in prose. I found the book so tedious that I couldn’t even finish it. I do expect that as movies (Zombies is also in preproduction) these ideas have the potential to be a lot more engaging.



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  • Christy

    You didn’t like Pride & Prejudice & Zombies? Really? I loved it, and this is coming from a Jane Austen fan who reads P & P every couple of years and who can’t imagine a Mr. Darcy who isn’t Colin Firth. I couldn’t stop cracking up through the whole thing, especially imagining Lady Catherine as a zombie killer. I will say I wasn’t fond of Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters, but I think that has more to do with a distaste of the original (my least favorite of Austen’s novels).

    As far as Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is concerned, I’ll give it a fair chance. Its a bit different subgenre in fantasy/sci-fi, since it’s more alternate history than a classic re-write. I’m curious to see what Seth Grahame-Smith does with the material.

    And the movies, if they’re handled well, have the potential to be completely hilarious and immediate cult classics.

  • marshall

    I have to agree with MA. I got about 3/4’s through the book and lost interest. I mean, basically he took the original, and just explained certain things in the book with the presence of zombies instead of leaving those things up to the reader to figure out. If you’re already a Jane Austen fan and like that victorian prose and speech, then you’ll probably like it. If not, it just gets hard to read.

  • i’m a big fan of austen but i also felt that P&P&Z was kind of a one-joke storyline that got tired pretty quick. but this type of thing seems to be a continuing trend: S&S&SM, AL: VH, and now recently i saw a book “Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter”… i expect Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Herman Melville at least to show up fighting some sort of monsters, vampires or demons. it will be a quick and passing genre, i think. whereas something like, World War Z is totally mesmerizing, and original, and books like that are what we need more of. this little video clip was amusing, but owes more to Buffy than to Lincoln.

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