Written February 21, 2017
My husband and I were skeptical about the premise but like Timur's work a great deal. Turns out the movie aspires to be original and that is great. Hard to sell this premise and the marketing didn't do it justice. It has a provocative concept behind it... that the Civil War was a culmination of a fight for the soul of our country between humans and vampires. And Ben Walker walks a fine tonal line in a role that could have easily been campy and silly - he does a good job. It's not a great movie by any means BUT is worth a try. Doesn't really need the R rating... the violence is SO campy and clearly so unreal. Not a scary movie but a creepy one, and good action sequences (visual effects a little cartoonish).
Written June 24, 2012
I enjoyed this movie! I thought it was going to be cheesy but it was suprisingly entertaining and the vampires were not beautiful and shimmery in the sunlight!
Written June 25, 2012
I am so disappointed, on so many levels.
If I did not read the book, I may have rated it as go, but as I did read the book (which is fabulous), I am really confused. Major plots in the book are left out and/or are different in the movie! The movie leaves out a lot of vital details required to truly understand the story as the book meant it to be told. Quite frankly, the movie goes on a tangent.
I noticed discrepancies in the make up of the vampire characters: most look like demon monsters with full sets of sharp teeth, the black eyes not being as evident. Yet later there is a scene where a female vampire has two sharp fangs, not a visible full set of sharp teeth... my whole group noticed it.
Bottom line: if you read the book, then the movie will likely be disappointing. A definite thumbs down for me.
Written July 09, 2012
this movie was good but a bit definitely against the south. lol! all the vampires were rebels and southern with the exception of the brit who was "turned" in the beginning of the movie. i being from the south saw that as a carpet bagger move, my husband says he knew they cheated at Gettysburg. it was funny at times. special effects were ok. the 3D was lacking. there really were very few moments that 3D was evident. i did like the scene with the trains. it was quite exciting. i dont think it was worth $11 to see. if you go, see it during a matinee in regular cinemascope. sorry but you asked.
Written June 25, 2012
I'm not sure why there are so many harsh critics for this movie. I think the story is well written and it mixed some non-fiction element into an otherwise typical vampire movie. Some of the critics do have a point. But I wonder how they'd feel about this movie if Abraham Lincoln was taken out of the story. And what about the civil war element and a lot of fast forwarding in Abrahm Lincoln's life? If you want to watch Civil war movie or Abraham Lincoln's biography, you wouldn't rely on this movie to get what you want.
With that said, I highly recommend this movie only because of the director's outside the box thinking. If you like vampire movies, you got to see this one.