By Charlie Schmidlin | The Playlist June 18, 2012 at 12:59PM
After its initial run of promotional material consisted of grandiose proclamations set over slo-mo glimpses of bloody vampire killing, three new clips from “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” have surfaced, and… surprise, surprise, more of the same on display.
The clips largely feature Lincoln, as played by Benjamin Walker, in steely-faced combat mode, first fighting vampires with Anthony Mackie on the roof of a train in tufts of fog, and then in a ballroom at the behest of the film's baddie Rufus Sewell. The last, which involves Dominic Cooper in a ridiculous haircut and sunglasses, asks the question, “What does Lincoln think about when he cuts down trees?” The answer is his mother's death by vampire of course, as he cleaves one so powerfully it simply explodes.
With the film opening this week, and audiences still wondering to themselves whether they enjoyed “Prometheus” or not, those over at 20th Century Fox are pushing for more weapons, more blood, more everything in their attempts to sell this thing. Unfortunately, the clips play into the more muddled aspects of director Timur Bekmambetov's style, as seen most egregiously in “Daywatch," and all the physical presence Walker brings to the role might prove little to save the film overall. And if that's not enough, a new "music trailer" featuring Linkin Park has also arrived and may drive a wooden stake through your ear drums.
Still, take a look yourself below, and see if a glimpse of Lincoln's axe-gun (?) raises any interest for when the film opens June 22nd.