Sunday, August 14, 2011

Hobo with a Shotgun (2011)

Sometimes, it just takes a dirty hobo to clean up the filthy city streets... a HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN! Rutger Hauer stars as the down-on-his-luck hobo who trades in his hopes of starting a new lawn mowing service in exchange for a shotgun when the crime of the city becomes too much to bear. Jason Eisener, director of the hilarious holiday short TREEVENGE, blasts back onto the screen with more gore and absurd humor than ever before! HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN is the modern Exploitation classic that GRINDHOUSE tried to be, rolling THE TOXIC AVENGER, STREET TRASH, and THE TAXI DRIVER all into one. This will be one of Hauer's most-remembered performances by genre fans, transforming him into this decade's Charles Bronson. Despite the insanity unfolding around him, Hauer plays the role entirely straight, which only elevates the campiness of the other characters. Anyone can blow off a few cocks and burn schoolchildren alive for cheap shocks, but Eisener does so with a clever wit and playfulness that calls back to the golden age of Troma.

Rating: 8/10.
Entertainment: 9/10.
Gore: 8/10.

Movies like HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN:
THE TAINT, THE TOXIC AVENGER, DEATH WISH, THE TAXI DRIVER, STREET TRASH, SLIME CITY MASSACRE.

9 comments:

  1. I honestly fully expected to hate this film, and as it turns out, I absolutely loved it. I found that for being a film that is a sort of throwback to exploitation films from yesteryear, Hobo has its own identity and stands on its own two feet as a generally original, and completely entertaining film. Glad you dug it, Karl!

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  2. Matt I haven't had this much fun since THE TAINT, although I should have expected it coming from the director of TREEVENGE!

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  3. This movie is AMAZINGLY bloody. It makes 'Riki-Oh' look like 'Bambi.' If you can't stand gore, you will not endure this movie.

    If you love blood, guts and insanity, this is your movie.

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  4. It comes damn friggin close to being as ridiculously gory as STREET TRASH and TOXIC AVENGER. Jason Eisener will be one to watch in the coming years.

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  5. I had seen a lot of bad reviews on this, but your review makes me want to see it as I love campy horror.

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  6. I cant imagine where the bad reviews came from, this flick is so much fun! If you're a Troma fan, you're sure to love it Kat!

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  7. There is just no way I could ever watch this movie and then review it without writing "Waste of time, skip it." I can't stand "bad movies on purpose". Anything like Grindhouse would just piss me off and I'd end up shutting it off. Rutger Hauer would be the only good part of this movie, and I still can't watch it just for him.

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  8. Then I hiiighly recommend against Street Trash lol..

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  9. To be fair, this is an adaptation of a fake trailer made with 'Grindhouse' that was made in Canada. If you go in expecting certain things here, you're not going to find them!

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