Abraham Lincoln Vs. Zombies (2012)
I have to admit the first thing I thought of when I heard the title of this film was, “Isn’t this supposed to be vampires?”. I guess it’s difficult to say with a certainty that this was not just coincidence that this film has been released so close to a bigger film with a almost identical theme. It’s hard to say. So I won’t. What I will say is that for a low budget zombie film this wasn’t too bad.
We open on a young Abraham Lincoln witnessing his father committing suicide and being put in the position to kill his zombefied mom. Flash forward as Abraham Lincoln is planning to give the Gettysburg address when he learns that the menace from his past has returned, now threatening to tear the already fractured nation to pieces. He must journey behind enemy lines to face an foe far more fearsome than the Confederate army: the walking dead. He freed the slaves, now can he free humanity from destruction?
The biggest strength “Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies” has carrying this film is the performance by Bill Oberst Jr. as Lincoln. He does a great job portraying the ass kicking, zombie slaying, version of the 16th president of the United States. Which is key since he’s pretty much in 95% of the scenes in the movie. The other area the film succeeds in is the fun and cheesy aspect. Imagine if you will Abraham Lincoln running around doing martial arts and slicing zombie heads off with a scythe while delivering such gems of lines like “Emancipate this!”. Pure entertainment. The downside is when this isn’t happening the rest of the film is below average at best. So you have to suffer through some poor performances. Some lengthy boring scenes. And some cheesy effects and a sound mix that could use some love. But it’s actually worth suffering through some of that. And it makes it easier with some of the other supporting performances as well. Particularly Ronald Ogden, who we referred to as “Beardy McBeardson”.
Best Line: “Emancipate this!”
Best Weapon: Scythe.