This isn't a low-budget, Godzilla rubber-suit effort. No, it's a major Tim Burton epic. The book, it seems, was quite the hit a couple years ago. Spoiler alert, I guess:
Lincoln and fellow vampire slayer William Seward are told that the vampires in the South intend to start a civil war so that they can conquer the north and enslave all humans of America. Lincoln is ordered to debate Stephen A. Douglas in what become known as the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Although Lincoln loses to Douglas (an ally of the Southern vampires), he gains a great deal of publicity and respect, which allows him to capture the Republican Party nomination for president and then the office itself.And John Wilkes Booth? Vampire.
Lincoln's election triggers the secession of the southern states and the start of the American Civil War. Early battles, such as the First Battle of Bull Run go poorly for the Union troops after they are attacked by Confederate vampires...
Most of the youngish crowd at The Hunger Games took the trailer in stride, but there were a few chuckles at the concept from some of us old timers. I, of course, thought it was the funniest high/low concept since Snakes On A Plane.
There MUST be sequels. My top ten suggestions: