Vampires invaded the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Illinois last night. Their mission: to promote the upcoming film, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which will be released in 3D in theaters on June 22nd.
Director Timur Bekmambetov, star Benjamin Walker, producer Jim Lemley, and screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith were among the delegation presenting a preview of the film, which included an as-of-yet unreleased movie trailer and excerpts from the film, which is currently in post-production.
Dave Blanchette, spokesman for the museum, said the movie will be a rare opportunity for the presidential museum to reach a new audience.
“It’s a way to open the door for people who might not have an interest in Lincoln,” Blanchette said. “They might get interested in the film and decide they want to learn more about Lincoln.”
Of course, the real Lincoln wasn't an axe-wielding martial arts expert.
“It’s going to be very bloody,” Grahame-Smith told the crowd during a question-and-answer session.
But the screenwriter (and author of the original book) asserted that their goal was not to mock the president. “You have to have reverence for the real history,” Grahame-Smith said. “The man was a real man who is still extraordinarily revered in today’s world, especially in this country and by all of us. That, to me personally, was the line: never make the guy look like an idiot.”
Grahame-Smith also took issue with another recent depiction of vampires -- in the Twilight series. Vampires should be villains, he said.
“[Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter] puts vampires back where they belong: as bad guys, not heartthrobs. They should be beheaded with an ax, not kissed by tweens.”