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Watch: Surprisingly Epic Trailer Lands For 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'; Writer Already Talking Sequel

by Kevin Jagernauth
February 13, 2012 11:36 AM
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We have to admit, on paper, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" sounds a bit ridiculous as far as historical/genre mashups go. But the film has quietly been building buzz thanks to some edgy stills released over the past few weeks, and production's focus less on big name stars, and more on character actors to bring the story to life. While we'll have to see if Benjamin Walker is a name that will get audiences to buy a ticket this summer, this new trailer debuted at Time may be all they need to fill out multiplex screens.

Sure, using the intro of Johnny Cash's "When The Man Comes Around" gets you instant gravitas, but damn if this teaser doesn't drop some truly eye-opening vistas, the highlight easily being the race across the top of a trains as it rolls over a collapsing bridge with a blaze underneath. And it seems there is a lot of confidence from the team behind with writer Seth Grahame-Smith recently telling Screen Rant, a sequel isn't out of the question. “The short answer is yes, absolutely," he said. "If you read the book there’s an epilogue that leaves things open to that. In the film, without giving anything away, we don’t definitively end the origin story. We leave, not only a mentor story, but also possibly a Lincoln story open.” It's always good to have options.

Anyway, get a taste of what's to come below along with these new images courtesty of HeyUGuys. And if you need every more, here's a "CBS This Morning" news segment on the movie via Shock Til You Drop. The Tim Burton produced, Timur Bekmambetov directed film arrives on June 22nd.

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  • Lee | February 15, 2012 1:18 PMReply

    Wow, you must think really low about the story beforehand, that made you think this trailer is *epic*..

  • Cinematic_high | February 13, 2012 9:38 PMReply

    Holy Shit! I think I came.....I can't wait to see this!

  • Kevin | February 13, 2012 2:08 PMReply

    I really like that you guys are demanding historical accuracy from a movie called "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"

  • Playlist failed history class | February 13, 2012 2:02 PMReply

    I wouldn't expect The Playlist to point out that....

    The Washington Monument wasn't completed until 1885, 20 years after...Lincoln's death.

    Yeah, the movie is silly fantasy, but at least follow basic American history. Don't just throw landmarks into a blender because they look "really cool" and "epic." So lazy.

  • Yod | February 13, 2012 10:12 PM

    Why should The Playlist point that out? And besides, if they had then you wouldn't have had the opportunity to come here and show off your awesomeness. Yawn.

  • Rick | February 13, 2012 4:30 PM

    You assume that that shot actually takes place during Lincoln's lifetime. It could very easily be part of a prologue/epilogue or flashforward to present day or to when the Lincoln Memorial was being completed in 1922.

  • Erm..... | February 13, 2012 1:25 PMReply

    Yeah. Way to give in to the onset of the Idiocracy, Playlist. The word "epic" doesn't excuse you from taking a stand against tripe of this stench. Plant some balls and sprout them quick.

    In only American filmgoers and critics in the 1960s and 1970s could see what was in store from Hollywood in 2012.

  • Kevin Klawitter | February 13, 2012 4:08 PM

    Yeah, it's not like the 60s and 70s were the heyday of grindhouse schlock from the likes of Roger Corman or anything. Nope, every single movie released back then was an auteur masterpiece that would never be able to be made today, and all of them were Box Office smashes to boot!

    Seriously dude, get off your high horse. The industry is really no worse now than it ever was. This movie looks fun. And the fact that it appears to be taking itself seriously AT ALL given the material is a good sign that the filmmakers know what they're doing.

  • KT | February 13, 2012 12:11 PMReply

    We need that "Martin Luther King, Jr.: Zombie Killer" follow up.

  • Cinematic_high | February 13, 2012 9:37 PM

    I would seriously pay to see that!

  • Rick | February 13, 2012 4:31 PM

    I'm waiting for Nicola Tesla vs The Steam Punk Robot Uprising.

  • [A] | February 13, 2012 11:45 AMReply

    Why would the guy remember everyone he made WANTED..?

  • Yod | February 13, 2012 10:06 PM

    English please.

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