Philip ‘Hawk’ Hawkins (Ryan Barton-Grimley) is a down on his luck security guard who’s bored with his life and also convinced that vampires are real and they may show themselves at any moment. Revson ‘Rev’ McCabe (Ari Schneider) is a vegan pacifist groundkeeper and Hawk’s only real friend, he tries to help Hawk out with his anger issues by teaching him Tai Chi, but Hawk seems to be on the edge and there’s nothing that can calm him down.
Then one night, Hawk witnesses three men (two men and a gimp) that he’s convinced are vampires and after showing Rev a photo that he took on his phone, they start training to become vampire slayers.
Hawk and Rev: Vampire Slayers is a supposed love letter to the childhood movies of writer/director Ryan Barton-Grimley. Taking inspiration from some of the worst supernatural action thrillers of the 1980’s, Hawk and Rev attempts to give the audience a fun film that reminds them of a simpler time and a movie that they half remembered.
The problem is that Hawk and Rev may be just that kind of thing and it may indeed look to capitalise on 80’s nostalgia, but as far as anything else is concerned then Hawk and Rev is a cynical movie cobbled together to include the kinds of jokes that would appeal to men who haven’t grown up.
There’s nothing wrong with a bit of nostalgia if done in the right way, shows like Stranger Things and Cobra Kai have recently reignited this nostalgia while keeping a modern edge.
However, Hawk and Rev’s problem may be that it sticks so closely to the agenda of a silly 80’s action movie that it forgets when the movie is actually made. So, whereas a film like Hawk and Rev may have been perfectly acceptable in the 80’s, it’s not that entertaining today.
This is a movie that sticks to its guns in terms of replicating the look and feel of the kinds of films 80’s kids may remember. However as far as characters, plot and dialogue are concerned then it may have been nice to have a little originality.
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