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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Opening this weekend is the bizarrely titled but conceptually interesting "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter". His notoriety instantaneously makes the 16th President of the United States the most famous vampire slayer amongst his peers. Though it remains to be seen whether or not the film itself can live up to some of the other impressive slayers, killers and purifiers in the realm of cinema vampire lore. So in case Mr. Lincoln doesn't satisfy your bloodlust, here are 9 Essential Vampire Hunter Films.


9. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

According to screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, the highly anticipated vampire birth in the upcoming "Twilight: Breaking Dawn" won't be very graphic, because she's written it to happen off screen. Should we start preparing for the oncoming tween and soccer mom riots?

In case you were worried for some odd reason, the duo behind the "Crank" films, Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, are attempting to tackle the early negotiations for "Ghostrider: Spirit of Vengeance". Now, I know what you're truly worried about in this unwanted sequel, but fear not! Sources say Nic Cage is also in negotiations to return as Johnny Blaze!

Paramount has hired new comers Mark and Brian Gunn to pen their upcoming "Monster Squad" remake. The article also drops a hint that the studio is looking at the project as a potential franchise as well.

Though I've never heard of them myself, toy maker Mattel went and made a series of monster toys infused with those oh so trashy Bratz dolls called "Monster High". Even worse? Universal has already snatched up the title for a feature film.

Since I'm filling in for Fowler Friday this week, I'm going to start off your weekend with a swift kick to the nuts! You know Platinum Dunes and their love of remaking classic franchises? They've now set their sights on "The Monster Squad" for their next remake.

Though they titled the fourth film in the franchise "The Final Destination", Warner Brothers head Alan Horn revealed that they'll be making a fifth "Final Destination". Since they've already raided the gimmick that is 3-D, here's hoping they go old school and add ball shockers to the seats this time.

Even the newly raised from the dead Hammer Studios can't resist the remake band wagon but according to CEO Simon Oakes, they'll be remaking three of their own films. Titles up for the treatment are "Captain Kronos", "Quatermass" and "Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde".

Not content to rest on his mediocre success of "Alice in Wonderland", Tim Burton has already begun plans for his next film. Feeling a bit nostalgic, he's thinking about throwing together a stop motion animated version of "The Addams Family".

Derek Mears, your current "Jason Voorhees", joins the cast of Robert Rodriguez's "Predators". Which makes sense, because he's just about the most terrifying human being I've ever seen. In real life that is, not so much in "Friday the 13th".

Paramount is Throwing 10 parties to celebrate this weekend's success of "Paranormal Activity". Find out how you can attend at the link.

Check out these early images from John Carpenter's big screen return "The Ward".

Scott Derrickson, director of "The Exorcism of Emily Rose", has signed on to direct the supernatural thriller "The Living".

Follow me on this one. A script that's been floating around called "Nightcrawlers", has officially gotten a director in Mike Mitchell. It also has a new name... "Monster Squad". Apparently the horror/comedy is being turned into a psuedo/not really remake of Fred Dekker's 80's classic. Here's more info.