One of the greatest men to walk this earth was our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. As we all know Lincoln achieved many attributes in his time. Some of his most famous achievements include: signing off on the Emancipation Proclamation, giving numerous speeches like the Inaugural Address and Gettysburg Address, and ending one of the most brutal battles in history: the Civil War. What we weren’t taught in class or through reading history books was that Lincoln became a unique type of hunter that killed vampires while on his road to presidency. It wasn’t until 2012, when director Tim Bekmambetov turned the novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter into a film that Lincoln fans began to see him as more than a great President, but also a vampire hunter. According to Mike Scott in his review about Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, the film “re-imagines our 16th president as a secret, ax-wielding slayer of bloodsuckers” (Mike Scott). The movie is not meant to be a documentary, it’s rather an action packed bloody mess. Furthermore, while the film doesn’t hit all of the highlights of Lincoln’s life, it rewrites history just a little bit. It is the surreal attractiveness that the movie creates around a very real and relatable Lincoln that seduces its audience in for more.
At a young age, Lincoln witnesses his mother being killed by a vampire. In reality, she died from ingesting milk that was tainted with the poisonous plant, snakeroot. Years later, after a failed attempt to kill the man who killed his mother, he meets Henry Sturgess who shows him the art of killing vampires. Which Lincoln ends up finding out that Sturgess is a vampire himself. Lincoln is directed to only kill the vampires that Sturgess directs h...
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...ddress speech and begins with the famous words: “Four score and seven years ago” and ends his speech with the phrase “Under God” (Gienapp 149) Finally, the last example is at the end of the film when Lincoln and Mary Todd are on their way to a play. They arrive and begin walking up the steps. Ending the film with the assumption that this is, as we all know, when Lincoln gets assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. What I found interesting is at the end of the film when the credits appear, blood trickles down in thin lines revealing the outline of the United States, an easy, yet powerful metaphor of Gettysburg, the Civil War, and the times of Abraham Lincoln in which his life and legacy has left a lasting impact on our nation. All in all, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter can be viewed as an example of how history can be interestingly rewritten using a different strategy.
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