This week, Abe Lincoln is becoming more than just the man in the top hat, the 16th President who freed the slaves and struggled to keep his country united. He’s a vampire hunter fighting the sharp-toothed, Southern vampire scourge and trying to save humanity.
Had cinema been around in his day, Lincoln surely never would have imagined that he’d become a vampire slaying hero, that along with all the historic reenactments of his life, he’d lead a (hopeful) cult film. But he is one in a long line of strange, presidential cameos, where the iconic presidents of the past are brought back to life to help bury the dead, to sing about orphans, or fight undead zombies. Here are eight great, and sometimes very strange, unexpected presidential cameos.