The appallingly self-serious Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is stylised to death and lacks the subversion needed to support its inspired premise.
I haven't seen this movie yet. But I really don't understand what this whole "Oh, you played it serious, so that's bad" thing is all about. The whole charm of the b-movie is that a absurd premise absolutely committed to and played seriously. You can not do it any other way. At best you end up with a pretentious mess. At worst a self aware smirk in which you can tell the film makers enjoyed themselves a lot more then you did.
Jun 20 - 06:57 PM
I think the problem is that the people who made it think it's a serious concept. Or maybe they don't, I can't tell. It's a shame, because this could be a great comedy!
Jun 20 - 07:13 PM
Why, in your mind, did it need to be a comedy?
Jun 20 - 08:11 PM
I guess it doesn't have to be, that's just my opinion. But think about it: honest abe killing VAMPIRES. Most comedies are created by combining 2 ideas with contrasting tones, and this film is a perfect example. My theatre couldn't stop laughing when they saw the trailer, and the director wasn't even trying to make it funny!
I love B movies, but I have a feeling this film is going to be too well made to warrant any "so bad it's good" laughter. The production's really slick and it lacks that sense of incompetence! The best B movies aren't made on purpose.
The filmmakers passed up on making a great comedy so they could create a film that doesn't fit well in any genre. I don't think it would have been pretentious to treat their silly concept as a silly concept.
Jun 20 - 11:12 PM
I'm a little confused here. You say that you couldn't stop laughing at the trailer even thought the director wasn't even trying to make it funny. Yet when you realized the director wasn't trying to make the movie a comedy, suddenly the charm was gone? Where is the disconnect here?
The best B movies aren't made on purpose, no. But you've got it backwards. Making this a comedy absolutely ~would~ have been trying to make a B movie on purpose. (That would have been a "self aware smirk" rather then a "pretentious mess" on my scale.)
Production fuck ups do not a B movie make. (And really focusing on that is little more then a product of the modern eye. So many movies we recognize as classics have as many or more production fuck ups then what we recognize as B movies.) What makes a great B movie is the ability to explore every straight faced detail of something utterly absurd. Making Abraham Lincoln a vampire hunter is funny. Making him a Victorian era Batman is fucking hilarious. You can't have the film makers point to that and go "Eh, eh, funny right?" because that spoils the whole joke.
See, I think the difference here is you wanted a movie that was trying to funny. Instead, what I'm pretty sure I got here is a movie that IS funny.
Jun 21 - 04:37 PM