Late Wednesday night, my loving wife and I sat down to watch a relatively new movie. We’ve really been enjoying Vudu video service, though not the cost associated with movie rental. Still, we’ve been ‘round the horn on the Netflix offerings and haven’t had our fancy tickled much. There are a few DVD rentals we’re looking forward to, but they’re still a way off yet. And since we’d like to see something more current, we have to look elsewhere once in a while.
We settled on Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter as our choice for the late show. And what a good choice it turned out to be! My love is not a fan of the horror genre, and we certainly don’t like what’s been happening with vampires of late (you know, vampires being sexy and suave and charming rather than the blood-sucking demons of hell), but we thought we’d give it a try and see what we could see.
It was a fun romp. Abraham Lincoln loses his mother as a boy and his father reneged on a debt he owed his employer. The employer threatens the Lincolns with other ways to extract the debt. And from there, the story is off and running.
I’ve heard the novel upon which the movie is based – the author was also the screen writer, by the way – was slow-developing and required patience to stay with it. Not so the film, however. From the outset there’s a lot of movement and the story kept the audience entertained throughout. There was just enough real history thrown in to make the movie fun, and enough artistic license to bring a smile. And of course, the vampires were evil, scary, and vicious. Abe wasn’t as honest as we might’ve learned in school, and he was a mean man with an axe. Before it was all over with, the steampunk version of Lincoln is a new kind of action figure, and my wife and I both left the movie behind with smiles on our faces and wishes we could somehow get the kids to watch with us.
I recommend AL:VH for pure entertainment value, and while the very nature of the film leaves you with foreknowledge of the ending, it’s still a lot of fun. The effects weren’t bad, the story was pretty good, and so was the acting. I rated it 4 out of 5 stars, and would see it again (when it’s free, of course) given the chance.
Hop over to either Vudu or (I think) Amazon Instant Video service for a peek. It’s more than worth $3.99 (and I think I paid $4.99 for the HD version). I think you’ll like it.
Tonight, I check out Outcast on Netflix. Something of a werewolf offering, if memory of the trailer serves.
If I don’t talk to you beforehand – and I won’t – have a very happy New Year, and God bless you all.