Seth Grahame-Smith: 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Is 'an Absolutely Ridiculous Premise'

Benjamin Walker

Through the forthcoming mashup history movie, the 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' author says that he wants to 'restore the villainy of vampires in its own small way.'

Getting closer to the U.S. release of "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter", screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith took some time to discuss the vampire theme of the movie. Explaining that it will be different from the likes of "True Blood" and the "Twilight Saga" film series, the New York-born scribe said that the mashup history movie is made to honor the real Abraham Lincoln.

"Yes, it's an absolutely ridiculous premise, and we all knew that. But we wanted that joke to end at the title," Grahame-Smith told NY Daily News. "With 'Lincoln', we wanted to make a bloody, badass action movie that just happened to take place in the 1800s. And I know this sounds weird, but we also wanted to honor the real Abraham Lincoln by staying true to some of his real history, and his ideals."

Grahame-Smith additionally said that he wishes to bring back the villainous image of a vampire despite the recent trend of presenting the bloodsucker as a sexy figure in a movie or TV series. "I hope 'Abraham Lincoln' helps restore the villainy of vampires in its own small way," he stated. "There's nothing sexy or brooding about the bloodsuckers Abe dispenses with."

Agreeing with Grahame-Smith, Dominic Cooper who plays Lincoln's mentor Henry Strugess in the film added, "This certainly has all those [entertaining] aspects. If you're a kid, things always become a history lesson. This is a story with truth in it - and then you have these incredible action sequences with a sort of extravagant background."

In "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter", Abe is not only described as an iconic politician, but also as a man who dedicates his life to destroy the vampires with his trusty axe after his mother was killed by those vampires. He continues to hunt the immortal beings all the way through his presidency. Portraying the America's 16th President is Benjamin Walker.

Before the film opens nationwide on June 22, it has received positive reviews and drawn optimism for presenting a "new life into the horror genre." Tony Timpone, former editor of the fantasy magazine Fangoria, said, "It's an over-the-top mashup. It's just opening up the genre to new and interesting things."

"It's always fun to see a mix of characters reinvented for new audiences," Timpone added. "Vampires will always be popular because I can't imagine anyone not wanting to live forever. They're enduring because of that."




    Jun 20, 2012

    Let's be true to ourselves....if you can't distinguish fact from fiction, fairy tales from truth, and real from imaginary then there is already more wrong with you than spelling mistakes and history mix-ups!! I for one can distinguish all of those things and will be sitting in the theater enjoying the movie and having a good time. Fiction is supossed to be just that fiction.

    Jun 18, 2012

    Considering our schools do a poor job teaching our kids about even our most important historical figures AND the general public tends to over value as true what they see in movies this flick will have obvious damaging consequences. Just like the kid who was asked to spell relief and replied R-O-L-A-I-D-S I can already foresee family trips to the Lincoln Memorial where the kid says, " Look Mommy, there's the guy that kills vampires". Of course if the true intent of this movie is to fictionalize and marginalize the great leaders on our past thus removing their importance this movie will do a great job.

    Jun 18, 2012

    Worst idea ever, there is no honor in making Abe into a zombie/Dracula killer. This will only bring kids to think wrong of history and destroy how history should be respected and recollected on. I will not watch. Disrespectful and untasteful!

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