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Hobo With a Shotgun (Bilingual)

Rutger Hauer    R (Restricted)   DVD
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A movie that truly lives up (or is that down?) to its title, Hobo with a Shotgun brings on the giggly ick with a zeal that recalls the glory days of legendary exploitation mavens Troma Studios (The Toxic Avenger, Surf Nazis Must Die, Fat Guy Goes Nutzoid, etc.). Beginning with an awesome Ennio Morricone homage, the film follows the nameless title character (Rutger Hauer) as he hops a train to a new town with dreams of buying a lawnmower and settling down, only to run afoul of an evil drug kingpin and his two severely messed-up sons. Disgusted by the level of corruption surrounding him, he stumbles into a sporting goods store and… well, the title tells you the rest, really. Expanding on his notorious short of the same name (the winner of a trailer contest originated by Grindhouse's Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez), writer-director Jason Eisener maintains a delicate balance between black comedy and ridiculously gross money shots, with precious little of the downtime between inspired gags that plagues so many films of its type. Anchored by Hauer's more-committed-than-it-probably-needed-to-be performance, this assuredly guilty pleasure ranks as a real rarity: a tribute to '80s VHS trash that functions beyond mere parody. Keep your thumb poised near the rewind button at all times. --Andrew Wright

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultra Violent & A Total BLAST!!! July 7 2011
Hobo (Rutger Hauer) is a lone character who travels from place to place
using the old railways. He's a man who's past is a mystery, a man who is
going nowhere in particular. But what Hobo really wants is to find a place
to start his life anew.

The train rolls into Hope Town (Aptly Graffiti Renamed "Scum Town") And as
soon as Hobo arrives in town, things already take a turn for the worse.
Drug dealers, gang members, crooked cops, junkies, pimps and even a perverted
Santa roam the dusty streets of the town. He witnesses a brutal public execution
take place under the leadership from the town crime lord "The Drake"
and his two equally demented sons Slick and Ivan.

After rescuing a beautiful prostitute named Abbie (Molly Dunsworth) he locks
horns with Slick (The Drake's favorite son) and ends up getting himself into
trouble with the crooked cops who brutalize him. Abbie takes him in and keeps
him safe from the outside world gone to hell.

Not soon after, he foils a violent robbery in progress at a pawnshop
where he cashes in his nickles and dimes for a large 12 gauge pump action shotgun.
From here on, he's reborn to deliver justice, one shell at a time!!

A little history on this movie: Hobo With A Shotgun started out as a fake movie trailer. The Fake "Hobo With A Shotgun" faux trailer was originally featured in the Canadian theatrical release of 2007's Grindhouse just before the Machete trailer. It's so satisfying to see the directors of those movies actually make their movies from their faux trailers. (Machete, Hobo With A Shotgun)

I saw Hobo With A Shotgun during it's limited release here in Canada and I was
TOTALLY blown away by it!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rutger Hauer Rocks Oct. 17 2011
If you liked Grindhouse (Planet Terror + Death Proof and assorted trailers) and Machete, you will love Canadian-born Hobo With A Shotgun. And if you happen to notice a few of your friends from Trailer Park Boys (Ricky aka Robb Wells as well as Sam Losco and the courtroom judge) that's because it was filmed in Nova Scotia. And if you're wondering why co-star Molly Dunsworth looks so familiar, there's a good reason. She is the daughter of John Dunsworth (Jim Lahey) and sister of Sarah E. Dunsworth (Sarah). There's lots of Trailer Park lineage in this movie.

However, that is where the comparisons end. When the Hobo (no name!) shows up in Hope Town (renamed Scum Town) he immediately notices something amiss: Gangs and prostitutes running wild. Then he bears witness to Logan's (Robb Wells) brutal death by the hands of his own brother and nephews (by decapitation no less) and realizes that this town truly is scum town.

What follows is a bloody cartoon-violent spectacle that really has no socially redeeming value, other than evil is evil and must be punished. The town is run by The Drake and his two nephews, Slick and Ivan, who make rape and murder a part of daily life. Torching a school bus full of kids just to keep the town in line is nothing to these guys. Although a certain hobo might have something to say about it....

This hobo doesn't want to be a part of the violence. All he wants is $50 to buy a lawnmower and start his own business. After earning the $50 (in a Bum Fights style video) he has a change of heart, thanks to prostitute Abby (Dunsworth). The shotgun is also $50 and he's just the right man to clean up this town.

You will see intestines, blood, gore, and plenty of sharp objects. This hobo takes no prisoners -- but neither do his foes!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bloody, bizarre, and fun film June 7 2012
By MacT
To really appreciate this movie, or any movies of this type, you have to get into the whole Grindhouse background that it belongs too. For those who don't know about the genre, these types of movies have very weird plots, tons of violence and gore, and a lot of nudity or sexual themes. But the end result is an entertaining movie that is worth its price.

The acting is so so at times, except for some really neat moments by Rutger Hauer, but its often quite hilariously offensive. Tons of blood being splattered everywhere and entrails galore is sure to make squeamish viewers turn away. The odd plot line is sure to keep the watcher puzzled and induce "WTF?" moments.

This isn't a movie for everyone, but it never was supposed to be. This is a movie for the fans of this genre and the epic Grindhouse movie. A great addition to any horror/thriller/action fan
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1.0 out of 5 stars Crap! Sept. 11 2013
By Jason
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The best thing about this movie is the cover art. Rutger Hauer is a great actor, but this movie looks like it was made for a very narrow audience of mindless teenage boys. The characters have absolutely no depth which renders every twisted, over the top thing they do hollow. If your looking for a violent movie with good acting, story, action and everything else then get Machete. This movie is a waste of time!
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