Contributed by Patrick H.

I cannot imagine what Seth Grahame-Smith was thinking when he came up with the idea to tell the story of Abraham Lincoln’s life with Lincoln as a vampire hunter.  I can say that idea would probably never have entered my mind.  But that doesn’t mean it was a bad idea.

I wasn’t sure what to think.  Was this movie just going to be one big joke? Luckily it was not.  The movie, and the book it was based on, tells an accurate history of Abraham Lincoln’s life, with lots of information that I didn’t know, except with a few vampires thrown in.  I have always been a fan of Abraham Lincoln. After all, who isn’t proud that slavery ended when he was President.   But even with this admiration, I only knew what I learned briefly in school.

One of the highlights of this film was the acting, especially Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who played Lincoln’s wife.  Usually in horror movies, if the main character is a man, his partner is dispensable and a screaming mess.  But Mary was his pillar of strength.  She challenged him to keep fighting to end slavery even if it meant starting a war.  My favorite quote of the movie was when Mary said her father told her to plant her feet and stand firm. The only question is where to plant your feet.  It made me think back to see if I ever gave up and decided to lift my feet off the ground and run away.

Standing up for what you believe in is hard. It may mean that everyone is against you.  You may cause division in your workplace, your family or in Lincoln’s case, a nation.  But no matter what, it is important for your own integrity to stand up and take a stand for what you believe in.  If you don’t, you most certainly will lose not only what you wanted but part of your esteem and integrity as well.  Losing yourself can have a detrimental impact on everything you do afterwards. After all you gave up before, why work hard now? Why not give up again?

The plot of Abraham Lincoln Vampire Slayer may have been about the dangers of oppressing others on the surface.  But the deeper meaning behind the movie was about what it takes to avoid the temptation of oppressing yourself by caving in and compromising your beliefs.  Overall I really enjoyed the movie. I wish I saw it isn’t 3-D as I heard it is even better.  But maybe I will go see it again.

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