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Review: Hobo With A Shotgun

Hobo With A Shotgun
Apr. 15, 2011by:
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PLOT: A hobo (Rutger Hauer) arrives in a town plagued with crime; which is ruled over by a crime lord named Drake (Brian Downey), and his two psychotic sons. Tired of the rampant crime, the titular hobo buys himself a used shotgun, and goes a-killin'.

REVIEW: It's finally here! I've been dying to see a full-length HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN feature ever since watching director Jason Eisener's fake trailer, that was good enough to win a place on the theatrical, and DVD copies of GRINDHOUSE. For years, Eisener's been promising we'd see a HOBO film, and once it was announced that Rutger Hauer would be taking the title role, I almost lost my shit.


I've been a Hauer fanatic ever since watching him slice up baddies in the great BLIND FURY. He also stars in one of my all-time favorite films, BLADE RUNNER, and has made a whole host of cool genre flicks, including LADYHAWKE, THE BLOOD OF HEROES, WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE, and a couple of great films with director Paul Verhoven, including SOLDIER OF ORANGE and FLESH + BLOOD.

Despite a pair of good roles in CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND, and BATMAN BEGINS, Hauer's been under the radar for the last fifteen years or so. HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN is a great comeback for the man, and despite his already carnage-streaked filmography, HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN still manages to be the most violent film he's ever appeared in.

Forget GRINDHOUSE or MACHETE. For real Grindhouse flavour, HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN is where it's at. This really feels like an authentic mid-eighties, direct-to-video nasty, like the kind Charles Band produced in his heyday. I've rarely seen a more extreme film, but of course, the violence isn't meant to be taken seriously. When the opening scene features Ricky from the TRAILER PARK BOYS getting decapitated, while a scantily clad woman writhes in pleasure under a fountain of his blood, you know this is going to be a wild ride.

Sure enough, over eighty-five minutes we get numerous decapitations, a bus-full of children getting blow-torched while 'Disco Inferno' plays on the soundtrack, a shotgunned castration, and all that doesn't even include the dozens (perhaps hundreds) of drug dealers, dirty cops, and pedophile Santa's that Hauer sends to hell. If you think that sounds like a good time- have at it. If not, well- you might want to skip this one.


For me, HOBO was a nonstop blast, and at times I found myself doubled over in hysteria at the complete insanity of the carnage I was watching on-screen. Director Eisener's done a bloody (pun intended) fantastic job of putting this together. It was likely a low-budget flick, sponsored partly by Telefilm Canada (meaning some of my taxes went into making this film, which is fine by me) and Canadian film conglomerate Alliance Atlantis. Despite the tight budget, Eisener's made this look great, with tons of terrific practical gore effects, really nice lensing by DP Karim Hussain, and a wicked Cannon Pictures style synth-score, complete with an deliriously cheesy closing can-con pop track.

Eisener really keeps the fun going throughout the film, while taking the piss out of all the usual genre clichs, including the father/daughter relationship with the hooker with a heart of gold (complete with sappy, piano scored interludes), the cops on the take, and some wicked one liners (you and I are taking a car ride to hell, and you're riding shotgun!). Especially inspired is the inclusion of an insane team of assassins, called The Plague that look like they stepped of the set of THE ROAD WARRIOR, and keep a squid as a pet. Brilliant.

As for Hauer, he's never anything less than amazing. In a unique twist, Hauer plays the whole thing deadly serious, with no winking at the audience (that's for the director to do, not the actors). Hauer delivers his intentionally clichd, sappy monologues hilariously straight-faced, and this approach is incredibly effective, making an interesting contrast to the casts of PLANET TERROR and MACHETE, that played their parts for laughs. I really hope this leads to more kick-ass genre work for Hauer, as the guy's as good (if not better) than he's ever been.

In the meantime, I hope HOBO pays off big-time for Eisener and co., and if this launched a new wave of Canucksploitation (the Canadian Grinhouse tag from the seventies), I'd be happy as a clam. Anyone who loves a good balls-out insane action orgy needs to see HOBO, badly! I'd go so far to say HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN is damn close to being a masterpiece of the Grindhouse variety, and a job very well done by everyone involved.

Source: JoBlo.com

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3:23AM on 04/16/2011

FULLY agree.

Hobo exceeded all of my expectations and then some. Fuck Machete.
Hobo exceeded all of my expectations and then some. Fuck Machete.
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7:07PM on 04/15/2011
If Hauer is half as cool as he was in Blind Fury, then I'm down with seeing this.
If Hauer is half as cool as he was in Blind Fury, then I'm down with seeing this.
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5:50PM on 04/15/2011
I was so hyped to watch this film after seeing the fake trailer then reading the first joblo review when it was at one of the film fests a couple months back. Finally i got to watch it curtisy of Vudu on my ps3. This film was fucking amazing. I loved it. I has so many good one liners. Like im going to cut welfare checks out of your skin. Great!Rutger Hauer was having a fantastic time with this role you can tell. Great acting from him the other actors and actresses werent too bad the tone of the
I was so hyped to watch this film after seeing the fake trailer then reading the first joblo review when it was at one of the film fests a couple months back. Finally i got to watch it curtisy of Vudu on my ps3. This film was fucking amazing. I loved it. I has so many good one liners. Like im going to cut welfare checks out of your skin. Great!Rutger Hauer was having a fantastic time with this role you can tell. Great acting from him the other actors and actresses werent too bad the tone of the film is perfect. i cant wait to own this on blu ray and watch it over and over. When this film finally ended my one thought was this movie captured the grindhouse era films perfect. better than Grindhouse from Tarantino and Rodriguez and im a huge tarantino fan but this film is no doubt better than both.
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12:52PM on 04/15/2011
When life gives you razorblades, you make a baseball bat...covered with razorblades. I Love this flick! God I wish it would come to theaters.
When life gives you razorblades, you make a baseball bat...covered with razorblades. I Love this flick! God I wish it would come to theaters.
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11:37AM on 04/15/2011
just watched this on amazon. it was a blast. really hope for a movie based on the plague.
just watched this on amazon. it was a blast. really hope for a movie based on the plague.
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10:15AM on 04/15/2011
Blind Fury....I remember seeing that a the drive-in with Total Recall. Good night!
Blind Fury....I remember seeing that a the drive-in with Total Recall. Good night!
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4:23PM on 01/28/2011

Canucksploitation? Is that real, better than Grindhouse name!

This looks like the exact kind of film I should like. This looks like it's probably what "Machete" should have been. I seriously think Jessica Alba is becoming worse of an actress. She was great in "Dark Angel." What happened?
DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS ABOUT Canucksploitation type movies? If that's a real thing. I love who came up w/that word. You Canucks, made one of my favorite movies of all time in "Strange Brew." Does the country above me love that movie as much as
This looks like the exact kind of film I should like. This looks like it's probably what "Machete" should have been. I seriously think Jessica Alba is becoming worse of an actress. She was great in "Dark Angel." What happened?
DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS ABOUT Canucksploitation type movies? If that's a real thing. I love who came up w/that word. You Canucks, made one of my favorite movies of all time in "Strange Brew." Does the country above me love that movie as much as Americans? Always wondered.
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1:17AM on 01/28/2011
I'd really love to see this. Unfortunately, I can't imagine it getting picked up. It's hard enough for guys like Tarantino and Rodriguez to get their Grindhouse films into theaters, I can't imagine a studio risking their money on a new director and another Grindhouse film. However, I hope it at least makes it to DVD so I can pick it up.
I'd really love to see this. Unfortunately, I can't imagine it getting picked up. It's hard enough for guys like Tarantino and Rodriguez to get their Grindhouse films into theaters, I can't imagine a studio risking their money on a new director and another Grindhouse film. However, I hope it at least makes it to DVD so I can pick it up.
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4:57PM on 01/27/2011
really hope HOBO comes to a theater near me.
really hope HOBO comes to a theater near me.
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4:53PM on 01/27/2011
sounds good.
sounds good.
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4:37PM on 01/27/2011

HOBO!!!

I really want to see this one! I'm named after Rutger Hauer, and I've been a fan since forever! He's still pretty big here in The Netherlands. He also had a great role in Sin City, people tend to forget that.. The guy's just great!
I really want to see this one! I'm named after Rutger Hauer, and I've been a fan since forever! He's still pretty big here in The Netherlands. He also had a great role in Sin City, people tend to forget that.. The guy's just great!
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1:51PM on 01/27/2011
Holy shit I'm psyched!
Holy shit I'm psyched!
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11:28AM on 01/27/2011
Im getting tired of castration scenes. Its like a fad now. Which scares me. All I see in this so far, is just random violence. I would much rather play GTA.
Im getting tired of castration scenes. Its like a fad now. Which scares me. All I see in this so far, is just random violence. I would much rather play GTA.
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3:47PM on 01/27/2011
If you want random violence, you should at least play a good game.
If you want random violence, you should at least play a good game.
3:25AM on 04/16/2011
What? Why don't you watch it before you comment? juz sayin.
What? Why don't you watch it before you comment? juz sayin.
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10:09AM on 01/27/2011
I am extremely excited for this movie....
I am extremely excited for this movie....
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