Watch: New 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' trailer is bloody silly
Can director Timur Bekmambetov's striking visuals overcome a corny premise?
"History prefers legends to men...soaring speeches to quiet deeds..."
So begins the opening voiceover for the new "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" trailer, which intercuts footage of Lincoln delivering his famous Gettysburg Address with visually-stunning scenes of vampire action. Still notably absent are any glimpses of Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Mary Todd Lincoln or Anthony Mackie as Lincoln's personal valet William Johnson - a little odd given that they both play major roles in the film, but okay.
But while the trailer is certainly impressive from a visual standpoint - and while the studio has done about as well as could be expected in marketing a film called (eesh) "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" - the entire enterprise feels like a losing proposition from the get-go. The problem is the premise itself - a high-concept gimmick that's more likely to inspire groans than any genuine sense of excitement from moviegoers.
Trailer grade: B. After watching it above, rate it for yourself at top left!
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is slated for release on June 22.
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