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Abraham Lincoln action hero takes on the undead

Fox released the official HD trailer for their hotly anticipated new action film "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" today to an international media feeding frenzy. For the past couple of years buzz has been building around this rather unique concept based on the novel of the same name by author Seth Grahame-Smith, a screenwriter and novelist whose previous work of fiction “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” was enthusiastically praised by horror fans and classic literature buffs alike.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Killer
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Killer
FOX Entertainment
Benjamin Walker as Abraham Lincoln in "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Killer"
FOX Entertainment

Grahame-Smith's vision of our former President might not be on found in your typical history book: an axe-wielding superhero on a quest to slay every vampire in his path. In fact, the book suggests that perhaps all of the major decisions made by Lincoln were in fact motivated by his desire for preternatural revenge. During his nocturnal crusade he meets an unlikely ally named Henry Sturges (Dominic Cooper) and together they hunt down the vampires responsible for upholding the institution of slavery for their own personal gains. Starring Benjamin Walker as Abraham Lincoln and directed by Timur Bekmambetov, the film promises an action-packed 3D experience this summer with an opening date of June 22.

Another diabolically talented mastermind behind "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" is none other than producer Tim Burton, who is also hard at work on his latest Johnny Depp collaboration, the modern rebirth of the classic vampire soap opera "Dark Shadows".

According to the LATimes online imprint The Envelope, Burton remarked, “Something hit me inside that said I just wanted to see that movie. I don’t know why. I grew up on weird, perverse movies, and it just seemed like one of those kind of movies that just tapped into my subconscious.”

Despite your possible skepticism about empowering one of our most influential United States Presidents with vampire slayer abilities with a power trio like Walker, Burton and Bekmambetov behind this film it will no doubt be nothing short of highly entertaining and truly original.