Wednesday, August 11, 2010

New Abraham Lincoln Horror Movie Has A Director or "Vampires & Politics Don't Mix"

If you haven't gotten a hold of it already, you should read "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" by Seth Grahame-Smith. The book is the latest in a popular new writing genre called 'revisionist-horror', where literary works are re-written to include classic horror creatures, like "Pride and Predhudice and Zombies", for example. The book is so popular right now, it has already being turned into a major motion picture. Tim Burton will be producing and Timur Bekmambetov, who directed the 2008 film "Wanted" based on the comic book of the same name, will be directing the adaptation. Bekmambetov has said he wants to do this as much of a straight historical movie as possible, just with vampires in the mix. 

The 'grindhouse' mash-up of one of history's greatest men and one of my all-time favorite monsters already has me hooked. I mean, just read the description of the plot from the book jacket:

Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother’s bedside. She’s been stricken with something the old-timers call “Milk Sickness.”

“My baby boy…” she whispers before dying.

Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother’s fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire.
When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, “henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose…” Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House.

While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.

So, according to this synopsis, the 16th President of the USA was not only one of the most important men in history AND a vampire hunter, he has the same motivation.origin as Batman, what with the loss of family and the lifelong dedication to physical and intellectual development.

 Who wouldn't vote for this guy?!

(Via Geeks of Doom)

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