Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies Review

Abraham Lincold vs Zombies ReviewBy Jason Lees, MoreHorror.com

Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies Review (dir Richard Schenkman, 2012)

I have to admit something. I’ve never been a fan of The Asylum or their mockbusters.

When they release a flick like TITANIC II or PARANORMAL ENTITY to coincide with a bigger release, to me it comes off as cheap and parasitic, something right down there with porn titles.

I also have to admit something else, up until recently, I’ve never watched an Asylum title. I completely based my opinion on just looking at the DVD covers and my film snobbish personality. To sum up, I’m a jerk and a snob.

That’s not to say that I was wrong about The Asylum. I don’t know how much merit there is in titles like 2 HEADED SHARK ATTACK or I AM OMEGA, but after watching Richard Schenkman’s ABRAHAM LINCOLN VS ZOMBIES, I’m going to keep my inflated opinion to myself until I actually watch the films.

I expected a Tromo-esque display of silliness and crudity, but what I got was just short of two hours of pure escapism. On a budget that didn’t make me sick.

Yes, it’s a goofy premise, and yes, it’s obviously a cash in (promotion budget-wise) on the Tim Burton produce summer flick, but ABE v ZOMBIES is its own beast.

Now, to follow through with my earlier promise to keep my mouth shut if I haven’t seen a flick, I won’t belittle the Timur Bekmambetov film about a vampire killing Honest Abe, but I can’t see it having more heart than this little flick.

From what I’ve read, both flicks open with a young Mr Lincoln losing his parents to the undead, one version being a zombie, the other being a vampire. From there on, I’m guessing the big budget goes for the spectacle, while ZOMBIE centers on some clever scripted fun and anachronism.

The heart of The Asylum version is pretty shocking, considering what I thought walking in (again, I’m learning… I’m learning…).

Bill Oberst Jr as Lincoln never once winks at the camera, or in any way leads you to believe that he’s not our 16th president. Yes, the plot may not make sense, and yes, he may indeed be the shortest actor to play the part, but I dare you to find another actor who works as hard to bring the man to life without relying on wardrobe to do his job.

Oberst is a good friend of the site here at MoreHorror, but I’ve never spoken to the man (I admit, I find him creepy in a good way) and I always worry that I come off one sided when I review his work, and I was ready to come off like a jerk when talking about this film, but again, I’m here to apologize for being prejudiced.

The man is so damned good in this role that it might just ruin his career. Oberst has become a genre ace by essaying the darker of indie horror roles (hence my trepidation of ever talking to the man) and always succeeding, but his hero turn here may just put that to an end. It’s going to be hard going back to that feeling of unease after spending almost two hours hoping my knowledge of US History was wrong, wanting Lincoln to ride off into the sunset.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN VS ZOMBIES is exactly what you expect it to be, as long as what you expect is a damned good time. You get zombies, you get beheadings, you get scything, and you get the most fun you’ll ever have watching what could’ve been the biggest Civil War Re-enactment done for rent money budget.

It’s on Netflix, and it’s on Redbox, and it’s definitely worth your time.

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