Friday, January 4, 2013

Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies (2012)

Number Rolled: 22
Movie Name/Year: Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies (2012)
Genre: Horror
Length: 96 minutes
Rating: NR
Director: Richard Schenkman
Writer: Karl T. Hirsch, J. Lauren Proctor, Richard Schenkman
Actors: Bill Oberst Jr., Kent Igleheart, Rhianna Van Helton, Brennen Harper, Josh Sinyard, Debra Crittenden, Bernie Ask, Chris Hlozek, Richard Schenkman, Jason Hughley, Christopher Marrone, Don McGraw, Canon Kuipers, David Alexander

No, that is not a typo. No, I do not mean vampires. Just about every zombie movie on Netflix is sitting on my instant queue. I enjoy the general zombie apocalypse dynamic. Usually, anyway.

The movie comes in at Abraham Lincoln’s childhood. Zombies are just popping up and his parents are turned. A very gruesome scene of this child killing his parents with a scythe follows then we jump into the actual storyline. Bolstered by this violent past, President Lincoln knows exactly what to do when the dead begin to reanimate on the battlefield. He goes on a mission to contain the zombie outbreak and must team up with General Stonewall Jackson and his confederates in order to survive.

This is a very B-movie, I also hear that it is meant to be the “bargain store brand” of “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” Where I can believe it might be true, I can’t confirm or deny it because I have not seen “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” yet.  Regardless of the truth behind that possibility, there’s nothing recipe about this movie and the actors with speaking parts were actually pretty good. I thought Bill Oberst Jr. pulled off a very believable Abraham Lincoln in a not so believable world. The script wasn’t that bad either, yeah it had its corny moments, but you expect that from a movie like this. What you don’t expect is for the script to have some really valid and capturing moments.

The sets and props were pretty good considering the very B nature of this movie. In fact, the scythe President Lincoln gets is really cool and I kind of want one to hang on my wall.

Needless to say, there are zombies involved, so if you’re looking for historical accuracy, this probably isn’t the movie for you. Even the non-zombie portions shouldn’t be looked at as accurate. I do, however, like what they did with recreation of history.

That’s where the good news ends. The zombies were… horrible. Both the actors and the concept used for them. The weaknesses they gave these creatures were mind bogglingly stupid. I mean, you wouldn’t believe it. Also, story line-wise, there were some scene that made very little sense and others that made less than that.

In the end, it’s not bad. I thought it would be pretty horrible, but it really wasn’t. I enjoyed it to a point.

Overall Opinion – 3/5

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