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4.0 out of 5 stars Joyous Outrageous Trash.
Hobo with a Shotgun is directed by Jason Eisener and written by John Davies. It stars Rutger Hauer, Brian Downey, Gregory Smith, Molly Dunsworth, Robb Wells and Nick Bateman. Music is by Alexander Rosborough and cinematography by Karim Hussain.

A homeless hobo (Hauer) hitches a freight train lift into Hope Town and finds a city imploding with corruption,...
Published on 10 Sep 2011 by Spike Owen

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3.0 out of 5 stars Hobo With A Shotgun - Delivering blood one bucketful at a time
A bit of a fan of a good old Grindhouse flick, and appreciative of the recent revival and homages to the genre, I was looking forward to this offering which has received so much praise. I have to confess to being somewhat disappointed.

The film starts off well with a slightly oversaturated technicolour look that instantly evokes the seventies. We see Rutger...
Published on 7 Mar 2012 by Victor


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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Joyous Outrageous Trash., 10 Sep 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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Hobo with a Shotgun is directed by Jason Eisener and written by John Davies. It stars Rutger Hauer, Brian Downey, Gregory Smith, Molly Dunsworth, Robb Wells and Nick Bateman. Music is by Alexander Rosborough and cinematography by Karim Hussain.

A homeless hobo (Hauer) hitches a freight train lift into Hope Town and finds a city imploding with corruption, violence, drugs and sexual deviance. Initially trying to keep out of the way and get on with his meagre existence, the hobo finally cracks and decides he can no longer sit back and watch such lawlessness. Helping himself to a shotgun from the local pawn shop, hobo goes on a one man killing crusade.

Born out of a trailer that accompanied the original full release of Rodriguez/Tarrantino's Grindhouse venture, Hobo with a Shotgun is horror exploitation made with abundant glee. Blending Death Wish like vigilantism with 70s and 80s styled schlock, Jason Eisener has crafted an utterly tasteless, yet wonderfully entertaining, piece of cinema. Violence is broad and completely bloody, as heads are exploded, bodies punctured and characters slotted in a series of increasingly strange ways, while the characters that inhabit Hope Town are downright nasty and equally weird. From bully boy Tom Cruise homage brother bastards Ivan & Slick, to a paedophile Santa Claus, and on to The Plague-two metal suited fetish killers sent to take out the hobo-it's bizarreville for sure.

It's all driven by a great turn from Hauer, who manages to play it with raw and subtle emotion, even as the rage takes control of him and he deals death as surely as he delivers a memorable line. Around him are a bunch of no mark actors, but this works in the films favour, the material doesn't need star wattage to drive its motor, besides which, you will undoubtedly come out of the film remembering the characters these actors have played. Shot in suitably lurid Technicolor by Hussain and featuring an on the money score by Rosborough, all the elements for a Grindhouse feature fall into place. It basically does what the title suggests it will, yes it may at times veer towards crassness, and what social comment depthness is intended gets lost as Eisener gets carried away with the carnage, but this is a whole bunch of fun for adults who remember the past movies this homages and parodies in equal measure. 8/10
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hobo With A Shotgun - Delivering blood one bucketful at a time, 7 Mar 2012
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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A bit of a fan of a good old Grindhouse flick, and appreciative of the recent revival and homages to the genre, I was looking forward to this offering which has received so much praise. I have to confess to being somewhat disappointed.

The film starts off well with a slightly oversaturated technicolour look that instantly evokes the seventies. We see Rutger Hauer's hobo bumming a ride on a train, in scenes reminiscent of `Emperor of the North'. It's a promising start, and shows both flair and a desire to pay due homage to films that inspired it. Then when the hobo of the title reaches town it all starts to go off the rails. The director presents us with gory obscenity after gory obscenity. Done in a comic book style with bucketloads of blood and other bits and pieces, it's the type of gore fest that Sam Raimi might have put into an Evil Dead film. But unlike other films of the ilk, much of the time there seems to be no reason for the violence. It's just happening, it's not there to further the plot. OK, if it's well done this is forgivable, but here it isn't even particularly well done. It's all rather sub - Uwe Boll, with geysers of blood which should send the bleeder flying from the recoil and would knock down any bystanders like a water cannon. Even worse, the film loses its identity somewhat and does not stay consistent with its own mythos. It suddenly mixes in supernatural elements, and computer game rip offs. When the two robots started battling a giant squid for no apparent reason I started to give up on trying to follow what was going on.

The film is saved somewhat by a fine central performance from Hauer. An actor of great mettle (and talent far beyond this material) he manages to portray the anger of the hobo (with a series of superb, almost comic book expressions) and even manages to add a little depth despite the director's best attempts to keep it shallow. He manages to get involved with some gusto, and it is his `come on, let's make a proper job of this' attitude that lifts the film to a 3 star effort.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 July 2014
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Good film verry cheap
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5.0 out of 5 stars A street justice comedy, 13 Jun 2014
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With lines like "I want to cut off my c**k and rub it against your your t*****s" you know you are in for a cult classic! It is gloriously violent and hilarious with a rough looking Rutger Hauer running around with a shotgun dispatching justice on corrupt cops and crooks alike. Anyone who has watched the death wish franchise or Seagal films will recognise all the familiar tropes and cliches here that is wrapped around a sick sense of humour and ultraviolence. Check out the decapitation and head splattering scenes!

Of course this is not a film to be taken too seriously. It is essentially a revenge comedy with a splattering of blood but if you grew up on a diet of classic 80s movies like Rambo, Die hard and Mad max than you will probably love this B movie pastiche. It is certainly not for the faint hearted!
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2.0 out of 5 stars HO NO Hobo is not a highlight, 20 April 2014
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I genuinely wanted to like Hobo with a Shotgun. Rutger Hauer has had a patchy film career, highlights include Bladerunner, the Osterman Weekend and the Hitcher. Hobo is not a highlight, 'The so bad its good' qualifier just doesn't work with this, the film lacked any humor or any original ideas. Mutilating or murdering without humor -see Fargo, Pulp fiction,or even 'Dusk til Dawn'- just doesn't work in this type of film, it becomes, pointless, a shock tactic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars review hobo with a shotgun, 21 Jan 2014
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thank you very much for the wonderful item and the speedy delivery
i enjojed watching this film the way rutger hauer talked in parts of the film was funny
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic grindhouse, 2 Jan 2014
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It does exactly as it says on the tin -the acting was minimalist but the gore and action was right up there
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not great but a lot of fun, 27 Nov 2013
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This is a modern grind-house movie. It starts with a beautiful epic grind-house score and a beheading with a barbwire nose. When a woman starts dancing in the spraying blood we know exactly what kind of film to expect, and it does not alter. A homeless man gets mis-treated in a town full of criminals (and that includes the police), so as the title suggests the hobo (and a hooker) have great fun blasting people away. It's not at all like the serious grind-house exploitation films of the 70s but more like the silly Tarantino reboots. It's not a great film but it is good senseless fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars B Movie Cult Killer, 20 Nov 2013
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A classic slice of B Movie horror - contains some great moments from start to finish. A must for B Movie fans to add to their collection.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Grindhouse, 11 Oct 2013
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Gory, gratuitous, manic fun, Hobo With a Shotgun is a grindhouse b-movie with plenty of guts to show. Rutger Haur hasn't had this much fun for years. Playing the part of the travelling hobo he arrives in a town run by a nefarious gang who have no limits when it comes to dishing out hard punishments.

Deciding something must be done he takes up arms with his shotgun and single handedly takes on the gang. The action is brutal and OTT. Nothing is shied away from. Heads leave their bodies, people are crushed and dismembered. Anything goes.

This isn't for the faint hearted and will offend a lot of people. However that would be missing the point. This is pure pastiche. Unabashed craziness harking back to the grubby grindhouse of he 70's. in short it is not to be taken seriously.

Cheesy and fun.
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