Sometimes a vampire is just a vampire

Is it a parable about social justice?

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is traditional progressive storytelling. It uses an axe-swinging superhero, Abe Lincoln, to retell the Left’s primary mythos – a parasitic few live off the misery of the people.

An attempt to grapple with dark chapters in our nation’s history?

The idea of America as a nation secretly created and controlled by vampires actually builds on a long history of popular “subversion myths” in which Freemasons, communists, or other conspiracies have secretly taken control of an otherwise good nation and threaten its social order. Like vampire stories, subversion myths frame good and evil in clear, unwavering terms. As nocturnal creatures who attack unseen, the vampires of folklore represent one of the oldest forms of subversion myth.

A “White Guilt Fantasy“?

When Abraham starts in on his vampire-hunting career, the movie still takes time to drop plot cookies that illuminate how awesome and pro-abolition he is, and how this fact makes him beloved by all good people. Such as the moment when Mary Todd, his future wife, gets all interested in him after he says something vaguely anti-slavery. Or the time when he and the black boy from the first act (Will Johnson) end up in jail for fisticuffs against some men who are determined to cart Will away as a slave.

And here I thought it was just a gimmick.

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3 responses to “Sometimes a vampire is just a vampire

  1. Ugh. How can people read such things into this nonsensical movie??

    • The True Southrons have collectively sh1t the bed over just now discovering the film’s depiction of Confederates as vampires, and Lincoln being made a heroic slayer of them. Of course, those were central elements in the book when it was first published two years ago, but then these people don’t read.

      • Michael Lynch

        I ran across some outraged remarks along those lines when reading websites about the movie, up in arms over the fact that Confederates were depicted as vampires. It was pretty bizarre.

        –ML

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