Ah, The Asylum… legendary American film studio and fine purveyors of entertaining crap! We’ve been waiting to watch and review Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies since it was first announced. In fact, i think that more people were looking forward to this “mockbuster” than it’s legitimate counterpart.
And with expectations understandably low, the film delivers exactly what you’d expect… with one pleasant surprise; Bill Oberst Jr. actually turns in an excellent performance as President Lincoln! Whether laboring over the Gettysburg Address or beheading zombies with his scythe, he was an unexpected pleasure. Unfortunately the same can’t be said for the rest of the cast.
Regardless, the movie looked great and was very entertaining… if a little uneven. For example, as Lincoln gathers his Secret Service detail for a secret mission to eradicate the living dead, we’re treated to quite a few implausible historical cameos; from Stonewall Jackson and Pat Garrett to a young Teddy Roosevelt.
Time might have been better spent ironing out some of the awkward dialogue rather than shoehorning in such random and unnecessary appearances. But then again, it wouldn’t really be The Asylum that we all know and love!
Best Scene: I seriously laughed out loud every single time President Lincoln decapitated a zombie with his scythe. But watching him escape the fires of an exploding military fort via zip-line was hugely entertaining!
Worst Scene: I’m not sure why the zombies fell asleep standing up. But the last thing you want to do is sneak through a pen full of roosters at daybreak.
Rough Rider: Teddy Roosevelt would have only been about five years old during this time, so it’s odd that they wrote him into the story at all. Are they already thinking of a sequel featuring yet another zombie-slaying President?
Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies [Blu-ray]
Available at Amazon.com