YMMV: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Was Barts a Death Seeker trying end his immortality? When first confronted by Lincoln, he asks if Lincoln is there to put him out of his misery, presumably sarcastically. And his glee at fighting Lincoln, the man who came closest to killing him before coming back.
  • Anvilicious: Nearly every single slave owner and Confederate is portrayed as a vampire sell-out. Exceptions include Robert E. Lee, P.G.T. Beauregard who is seen in his historical role at the first Battle of Bull Run with no indication that this prominent member of the Confederacy is anything other than human and, pro-slavery Democratic candidate Stephen Douglas who does an abrupt Heel-Face Turn once he realizes just what is going on.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: Henry is a vampire! ...but the fact that he has large amounts of sunscreen in his house, wears sunglasses all the time outside, can appear places unexpectedly and is privy to inside information about vampires meant that most audience members were well on the that track already by the reveal. Hell, one of his first scenes has him throw a vampire all the way up a building.
  • Complete Monster: Adam, the vampire from whom all other vampires came and the ruler of all vampires in America, is a 5,000 year old monster who makes his home in the American South. Having created a system where the vampires stay secret while draining the innocent, Adam nourishes his "family" by using slaves sent to the plantation to be drained and torn apart for their blood. When he hears of young Abraham Lincoln's abilities, Adam sacrifices multiple vampires to test Lincoln's abilities and makes Lincoln an offer to become Adam's personal hunter, starting with Henry Sturges, Lincoln's Mentor, who Adam turned into a vampire after murdering his fiancee. Adam later commits his forces to the Civil War, slaughtering Union soldiers en masse. To punish Lincoln for his resistance, Adam sends his sister and enforcer Vadoma to murder Lincoln's youngest child.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Dominic Cooper and Anthony Mackie would later help out another American hero.
  • Historical Beauty Update: Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Mary Todd definitely counts as this.
  • Ho Yay: There's a fair a bit between Abe and Henry. Especially the scene following Ann's death, and when the book notes at Abe's funeral that "Though [Henry's] eyes were incapable of tears, he felt the loss of Abraham Lincoln more deeply than any living person in Springfield that day." Even though Abe's son was also there. Or their final scene in the movie, where Henry offers Abe immortality so they can be together forever (ostensibly to fight the vampires, but it's hard not to hear the undertones).
  • Indecisive Parody: The stark contrast between the film's dead serious dramatic scenes and over the top fight scenes makes it a bit too schizophrenic to take at face value. It works much better as a parody of action movies, but that does not seem to have been the intent of the film's creators.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Raise your hand if you came to see Abraham Lincoln hunting vampires.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Vadoma crosses it when she kills Abraham Lincoln's son.
    • Barts killing Abe's mother. Also, Adam vampirizing Henry and letting him watch his wife dying. We're talking about vampires after all...
  • Narm Charm:
    • The chase scene with the horses. It's either ridiculous and overblown, or the most amazing chase scene ever filmed for a vampire movie. Take your pick.
    • Stop for a moment and try to read the title of the novel/movie with a straight face.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Abe Lincoln killing vampires? Sounds normal enough.