the whole plot of abraham lincoln vampire hunter is henry telling abe not to get too attached to anybody and then abe becomes attached to the whole country and henry follows him around yelling “goddammit abe i gave you one job”
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) 5th Anniversary
During 2012, there wasn’t a movie I was more interested in seeing than Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. I mean, I was also excited for other movies too, but this was the one that I was beyond excited for. It was also part of three movies with Tim Burton attached to it, Dark Shadows and Frankenweenie. I began reading the book earlier that April and was preparing myself for the spectacle I was to see that summer. On the morning of June 22, I bought the newspaper and flipped to the movie section, only to find that Abraham Lincoln was only awarded 2 Stars. Well what does one critic know?, I thought to myself, still keeping hope alive. I wasn’t looking for Shakespeare or anything, I just wanted to see what it was like.
I actually saw the film almost a month after it’s release. All I had was the book to go by, which I was still in the process of reading. Saturday July 14th, my Aunt took me to the last showing of the day, at 10pm. We sat down in a partially empty theater and watched. My reactions were actually of disappointment. I was expecting some changes, of course, but this movie had almost nothing to do with the book I’ve been studying for months. The beginning went from Abe learning about vampires and hunting them at a young age to him being a grown man and stumbling into the existence of vampires. Major characters were omitted and replaced with new ones, the basis of Henry and Be’s relationship changed just to give the movie an unnecessary twist. Action scenes and set pieces were added in. AND THERE”S NO EDGAR ALLEN POE! I was devastated and basically ignored the movie for a long time. Even when it was on DVD, I didn’t bother to re-watch it. Hell, I didn’t even finish the book. Months passed before I even opened it again and I would only read a few pieces of a chapter.
In the Fall of 2012, I started getting more into the Dark Shadows soap opera and had more exposure into Hammer Horror. I especially got into the Christopher Lee Dracula movies, my favorite being Dracula A.D. 1972. And suddenly, something clicked in my head. Much of these movies, Universal Classics and Hammer Horrors, are based on classic works of fiction, but the movies have very little to do with their novel counterparts. They take the theme and run with them, retweeking them into more filmable plots. Could that be the point of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter? Was I too wrapped up with the book that I missed the point of the movie? Applying the main idea in a different platform. I started thinking about the phrase “film adaptation” and what that actually entails. I gave the film a second watch and definitely came around to it.The book read like an actual biography, with journal entries and photographic evidence, while the movie is a traditional hero’s journey. I bought the movie, the soundtrack, and even pins. It also came to mind that I can keep reading the book and still have a different experience. Once I finally finished the book, I was at peace and found myself liking the movie’s end than the book’s. 5 years later, I am still watching and talking about this movie and what it taught me about adaptions. Chances are, I’ll keep doing so til the end of time.
and we’ll live a long lifea playlist for Henry Sturges [x]
1. angel with a shotgun | the cab 2. weight of living, pt. ii | bastille 3. alone together | fall out boy 4. counting stars | onerepublic 5. maybe sprout wings | the mountain goats 6. pompeii | bastille 7. take me to church | hozier 8. shots | imagine dragons 9. how far we’ve come | matchbox twenty 10. ghosts that we knew | mumford and sons 11. centuries | fall out boy
Cosplay Couture interpretation of Henry Sturges from Abraham Lincoln:Vampire Hunter
Costume (pants, cravat and wig) and styling by Courtney Coulson
Photography by Luke Milton
Location Karrakatta cemetary
Our belated Halloween themed shoot!
I absolutely adore this movie and the book, I also love Dominic Cooper, so Henry is easily my favourite character. He’s got such a cool, anachronistic design that I often dress like him in my daily life. So it was only natural to turn this into Cosplay Couture as I had most of these pieces in my wardrobe already. To me Henry is all about the hair and the sunglasses, so I spent most of my time getting those right. At first I attempted to make the glasses, failed miserabley and only then did I find some similar glasses on ebay when I realised Johnny Depp in Dark Shadows had ones almost identical.
The wig was one I bought ages ago from Five Wits and it’s seriously awesome. It was originally a bit longer and a light brown, I was able to dye it and cut it without destroying it, which can happen with cheaper wigs. Styling it was a lot of fun although a bit challenging because Sturges has such a specific haircut.The make-up is all reds, burgundys and greys which I think somehow still look beautiful while giving one an unnatural look.
While Henry isn’t seen in vampire mode too often, I have long wanted to dress up as a vampire, so I couldn’t resist baring those fangs! They are actually fake nails, I can’t believe how cheap, easy and comfortable they were, based on this tutorial right here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wx-uXJYSZAY
In terms of personality and physicality, like Henry’s outward appearance, he’s a bit of a rockstar, he’s badass, he’s a little too serious but he can also be a bit cocky.
For me this was really about finding the right colours and textures in our various locations and then mixing in some sepia tones to capture the mood of the film. This was another really good example of finding little pieces of interest in a vast environment and using them to our advantage, attempting to make things feel more other worldly than our actual surrounds. I also wanted to achieve a real contrast between the fully costumed, formal Sturges and the wilder Sturges with the axe in the woods.
- Luke Milton