Presidents and …. Zombies?!?


I like historical movies – old movies, historic romances like Sense and Sensibility, war movies like Saints and Soldiers.

Some of my favorite TV shows have also been historical:

Voyagers (1982-1983), in which Jon-Erik Hexum and Meeno Peluce are time travelers that “fix” things, as in the episode that they kept Thomas Alva Edison from giving up on the light bulb.

The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992-1993), in which Corey Carrier and Sean Patrick Flanery play Indiana Jones as he travels the world with his family and on his own, meeting and interacting with famous people, as when he was a reluctant WWI aerial photographer and met up with The Red Baron.

Warehouse 13 (2009- ), in which secret government agents search for historical artifacts that have magical powers, like driftwood from the Titanic, which can freeze people on contact.

So in honor of President’s Day, my husband and I watched a historical movie involving a president.

Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies (2012).  On the eve of his Gettysburg address, Lincoln (Bill Oberst Jr) leads his secret service men to a Confederate fort that is surrounded by a town of zombies.  From experience (his mother was a zombie), Lincoln knows that zombies are waken from their walking slumber by loud noises, and can only be killed by a shot to the head or, his preferred method, beheading.

Not to be confused with the recent Abraham Lincoln:  Vampire Hunter (2012), this is a lower budget ode to famous people in history while keeping true to zombie films.  You have to suspend disbelief – the president is allowed to risk his life at a time of war?  Are General Stonewall Jackson, future cowboy Pat Garrett, young Theodore Roosevelt, actor John Wilkes Booth really all in this fort at the same time?

Yes, it’s cheesy, but it’s fun to catch all the historical references, as when the lady says this to Lincoln before turning into a zombie:  Few will note, nor long remember what we say here, but they’ll never forget what we’ve done.  And now, it’s for you, the living, to finish this work.”  When Lincoln slices off a zombie’s head he utters “Emancipate this!”  Funny!

Two supporting actors are not good actors, the facial hair is atrocious, there is not much suspense because the zombies are always where you expect them to be (behind you – look behind you!), and the women are either zombies or shrews or prostitutes (if you are under attack by zombies, wouldn’t you wear some more practical clothes?).

But when he is not slashing zombies or running from explosions, Lincoln’s character is just as I would expect him to be.  The language is clean, the special effects are decent, the soundtrack is quality.  Fun movie!

What are your favorite historic, or slightly historic, movies?

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