Horror-historical fiction and comedy mashup is an emerging genre that’s now demanding some serious credibility. Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter‘s first teaser trailer emerged today. It can be boiled down to one minute twenty-one seconds of Abraham swinging his superhuman axe while Johnny Cash’s “The Man Comes Around” plays in the background. Seth Grahame-Smith, who wrote Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter is not new to creating strange alternate realities. But, director Timur Bekmambetov and producer Tim Burton seem to be taking things too seriously.
At the end of the day, I want to believe the heroic slayer of the undead is the sixteenth president of these United States, not just some rapture fueled demon crusher. When taken too far, people should bother to ask if it’s okay to appropriate and denature historical figures.
Bonus points for Lincoln obliterating a tree in one swing.
UPDATE: “Emancipate the Axe” should have been the film’s tagline.