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Four Score and Seven Fangs Ago

Abraham Lincoln has an ax to grind with some vampires

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter's concept is even more mind-blowingly awesome than Cowboys & Aliens': It turns out that before he became our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) was a kickass slayer of the undead.

And these aren’t just your average vampires out for some blood or whatever; they've been trying to take over the world since civilization began. Their latest plan includes tearing apart the United States with a Civil War.

According to legend, or at least this movie (and the novel it's based on), Honest Abe was still a boy when his mother was killed by a man who turns out to be a vampire. Years later, Abe hooks up with a vampire hunter who sends him on a Buffy-like quest to rid the Midwest of the undead.

Campy, geeky, and wrapped up in its own mythology, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has a good time rewriting American history, even though it occasionally gets weighed down by its premise.

And once you get that out of the way, you're left with not much more than a bunch of cool-looking vampire slayings and a movie that takes itself a little too seriously. Fun yes, but also a bit too much in the end. --Michael Gallucci

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