Liz’s Review: Hawk & Rev: Vampire Slayers (Another Hole in the Head Film Festival) (2020)

ATMOSfx! Woo!
★★★★ out of ★★★★★

Grab your secret stake and prepare to kick vampire butt! Join forces with Hawk & Rev: Vampire Slayers!

Written and Directed by Ryan Barton-Grimley

(This review was originally done for the NOLA Horror Film Fest.)

After serving time in Leavenworth for staking another soldier with a 2×4 (he was a blood sucking vampire!), Philip “Hawk” Hawkins (Barton-Grimley) is a security guard living in a tent in his parent’s backyard, trying- but not really succeeding- to manage his anger. His buddy Revson “Rev” McCabe (Ari Schneider) on the other hand is a tai chi practicing, vegan pacifist, janitor- I mean groundskeeper- just trying to keep his friend chill.

When creatures of the night move into the building Hawk is guarding, he and Rev join forces with Theo (Jana Savage– dubbed “Fiery Fox” who is maybe Hawk’s girlfriend but definitely a woman writer) to keep the town of Santa Muerte safe. Armed with a swiss army knife, and arsenal of garden tools and a secret stake these three must battle the forces of evil.

This film is so much damn fun! It is a love song to the 80’s with movie quotes and references galore; Hawk himself is like both Frog Brothers rolled into one. It also has a kick ass theme song and a host of other fantastic and hilarious characters.

The film looks great, has a great soundtrack and I loved the style of it- lots of quick takes and ridiculous montages. Most importantly, I laughed through the whole film- even the credits (how many stunt gimps can a film have?!)

You can read all about the film, cast and crew on the official site. Check out the trailer and get your tickets for the Another Hole in the Head Film Festival, which starts on December 11 and allows you access to the films until December 27!

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