AUTHOR Seth Grahame-Smith has written a couple of best-selling, genre-mashing novels whose titles tell us all; he has given us Pride And Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
He has adapted the latter for the screen for director Timur Bekmambetov, who made the interesting contemporary Russian vampire movies Night Watch and Day Watch. On this occasion, however, the director misfires badly, in a misguided action-adventure fantasy hybrid that lacks wit or a sense of conviction.
The film has a solid cast, including Rufus Sewell, Marton Csokas, Dominic Cooper and Anthony Mackie, with Benjamin Walker as Lincoln, who pursues the undead, even in office. But there is nothing for these actors to work with.
When Mary Lincoln tells her husband, ''Hurry up, Abraham, we're going to be late for the theatre'', it's hard to be anything but relieved.