There has got to be someone sorry over at Fox about “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” Is anyone talking about this movie? With “Prometheus,” “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “The Dark Knight Rises” being the event movies everybody is talking about, and with just about a month to go until ‘Vampire Hunter’ is released, no one is getting really excited for this. A red band trailer dropped last week that upped the blood factor but not much else, and now another new trailer has arrived and…meh.
Mashing up history and genre fare is tricky, and it seems getting the tone right is going to be challenging as well, as this latest spot goes to great lengths to establish the setting, even using the Gettysburg Address to hold down the second half, but the vampire stuff doesn’t quite fit in. We’re not sure why we need to be hit over the head that this is an alternate history. If Fox can take any advice for the last few weeks they have left to sell this thing: more vampires, more blood, less history class. No teenager wants to feel like their gonna be back in school if they buy a ticket for this thing.
The studio will be screening the movie for the sailors on the USS Abraham Lincoln (because there isn’t a USS Vampire Hunter, though that would be awesome). The movie opens on June 22nd. [STYD]