ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER,” well you’re wrong. If you’re now thinking, “Aahhh; it’s a mockbuster ... we must be dealing with The Asylum,” well then you hit the nail square on the head. ABRAHAM LINCOLN VS. ZOMBIES is indeed a ‘mockbuster’ (a lower-budgeted version of a big Hollywood release) being put out by The Asylum. Now before you roll your eyes I must remind you that The Asylum has recently put out 2-HEADED SHARK ATTACK (my review) and NAZIS AT THE CENTER OF THE EARTH (my review), two way above average cheese-fests that were a lot of fun. Can The Asylum extend their hot streak to ABRAHAM LINCOLN VS. ZOMBIES? The film is still going through some final tweaking in post-production, but I was able to catch a screening of it at this year’s Texas Frightmare Weekend 2012. This will be released May 29, 2012.
doing some chores around the old log cabin. While out chopping wood he
hears some screams from inside the cabin and goes off to investigate. It
seems dear old mom turned into a zombie and is chained up in bed. Dad
tried to put her outta her misery but messed up and shot himself (?!?).
So it’s left to ‘lil Abe to clean up the mess. Cue gunshot and opening
credits. Now ‘lil Abe is all grown up and the sixteenth President of the
United States. It seems Abe (now played by Bill Oberst Jr.)
is up to his nipples in the civil war and a raid on a strategic fort
ended badly for the Union. Now rumors are starting to spread about dead
soldiers and civilians re-animating and attacking the living. But old
Abe knows this isn’t a rumor; he fought the deadly virus and saw its
effects when young and knows this is a problem that must be dealt with
quickly and effectively.
In order to deal with this new zombie
threat, Abe puts together the best men in the newly formed Secret
Service and sets out behind enemy lines. He plans on both putting an
end to the zombie plight and to take the strategic fort and tip the
scales in the civil war. All the familiar characters are here: John
Wilkes Booth, Edwin Stanton, Pat Garrett, Mary Todd Lincoln, a young
Teddy Roosevelt, and General Stonewall Jackson. Of course not
everything about them is historically accurate, but it’s fun to see how
writers Karl Hirsch, J. Lauren Proctor, and Richard Schenkman (who also directed) weave them into the story and play around with their historical personas.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN VS. ZOMBIES isn’t the best
film The Asylum has put out, but on the other hand it’s not the worst
either. There’s some fun elements in the story (playing around with
history) and some pretty bland elements (the plot, unfortunately). But
Bill Oberst Jr.’s performance alone is worth watching this one. He
really owns this role and does a fantastic job. Just don’t expect to
have bodies four score and seven men deep (sorry; couldn’t help myself).
Director: Richard Schenkman
Plot: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Gore: 4 out of 10 skulls
Zombie Mayhem: 4 out of 5 brains
Reviewed by Scott Shoyer (Anything Horror) from the Texas Frightmare Weekend 2012