Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Trailer

Update: The international promo's up

There are alter egos, then there's depicting the 16th President of the United States as a part-time battler of the undead. Meet... Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

Born of serial genre masher-upper Seth Grahame-Smith's dark and twisted mind, it tells the tale of honest Abe being especially 'honest' with a number of bloodthirsty vampires, ramming his truths home via his trusty axe.

On directing duties is Wanted's Timur Bekmambetov, and from the looks of the trailer below, it's just as full of slow-motion special effects as you'd expect.

Playing our man Abe is relative newcomer Benjamin Walker, and alongside him stand his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), his vampire-huting mentor Henry Sturges (Dominic Cooper) and Rufus Sewell as the big bad vampire.

So what do you reckon? As preposterous as you'd hoped? Is this Johnny Cash cover acceptable in any way? Do spinning shots of men putting on top hats get you going? Or is it just the chance of seeing everyone's favourite Republican - okay, some people's favourite Republican - slashing vampires' throats that you're looking forward to? Let us know in the comment box below.

Update: The International trailer, which boasts a voiceover from Dominic Cooper and a few moments of new footage, is also now online for your viewing pleasure.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is out on August 2.