Fox has released an action-packed, and blood-splattered, red-band trailer for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, director Timur Bekmambetov’s mashup of history and horror. As much as I enjoy the bestselling novel on which it’s based — the screenplay by author Seth Grahame-Smith appears to diverge from the source material — to say nothing of mindless monster-killing, I cringe at the quality of the CG backdrops in the trailer. Showtime’s The Tudors had more convincing virtual buildings.
Produced by Tim Burton, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter chronicles the secret life of the ax-wielding 16th president, who we’re told waged a clandestine lifelong war against the bloodsuckers after one of them killed his mother.
The film, which opens June 22, stars Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jimmi Simpson, Robin McLeavy, Alan Tudyk and Rufus Sewell.