Timeliness is one thing you can count on with the Asylum Entertainment. If there’s a big event film hitting movie screens, they’ll be one step ahead of the curve with their own version of the subject matter. This time around we learn that not only was Abraham Lincoln a vampire hunter, but he had another part-time job as a zombie killer.
“Abraham Lincoln Vs. Zombies” begins when the future leader of our country sees his mother die from an infection that turns her into a flesh-eating creature. He pushes the horrible ordeal behind him and goes on to become the President. Years later, he journeys behind enemy lines to find that “sick” soldiers are really the ravenous undead he encountered as a child. It’s left to him to lead a band of famous historical figures in a mission to destroy the walking dead.
First off, I have to give props to any movie that somehow mashes together not only zombies, but also adds in Teddy Roosevelt, Stonewall Jackson, Pat Garrett, and John Wilkinson (John Wilkes Booth) into its recipe. I can just see co-writers Karl T. Hirsch, J. Lauren Proctor, and Richard Schenkman sitting around a table discussing their favorite historical figures they wanted to team up with Honest Abe.
As a low-budget film, this actually rises above a lot of other drivel out there. The story is fairly easy to follow. The special effects and make-up look good. The CGI is used mostly to enhance the scenes of decapitation and death. The digital gore does stand out a bit brighter than the rest of the picture onscreen, but it’s not too annoying.
Bill Oberst Jr. makes a convincing Abraham Lincoln. He walks sullenly around with his hands crossed behind his back while leading a patrol of zombie hunters. However, when it’s time for a rousing speech or to hack one of the undead’s heads off with his retractable scythe he becomes a strong energetic hero. The only actor it’s hard to look at seriously is Don McGraw, who has the unfortunate job of playing General Stonewall Jackson complete with one of the worst fake over-the-ears beards I’ve ever seen. His struggle with a Southern accent doesn’t help any either.
This DVD includes the same special features every Asylum film comes with. There’s a short six-minute “Making Of” featurette that shows the cast and crew working on the movie. A one-minute gag reel gives us a view of some behind-the-scenes antics.
Once again, the Asylum delivers some good old-fashioned mockbuster fun for low-budget film fans. “Abraham Lincoln Vs. Zombies” isn’t going to satisfy you the same way its big-budget counterpart will, but it can help you waste an uneventful Saturday night with some friends. Plus, who doesn’t want to witness one of the greatest U.S. Presidents proclaim “Emancipate this!” while beheading one of the undead.
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