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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 Sept. 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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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Joyous Outrageous Trash., 10 Sept. 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Grindhouse, 11 Oct. 2013
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T. Cosens (England) - See all my reviews
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Dark, gloomy and Hauer, what more do you want?, 6 Feb. 2012
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It's very clear that Jason Eisener the director is a very sentimental guy. Here he is really wearing his sleeve on his heart or his heart on his sleeve, I forget sorry.

It's a throwback to the exploitation over the top violence that Eisener was clearly brought up watching.
Hobo is a good movie, quite shocking in some scenes and very shoot em up loud.
It's like watching an adult version of the old Batman TV series.
And it's very dark and glum which fits perfectly with the atmosphere. One would be forgiven for thinking that Eusener grew up in a dodgy east end estate the way he has shot this film.

And credit to Hauer for accepting the role. What other 70 year old would play a hobo.... with a shotgun.
Hauer is without doubt the coolest grandaddy of all time.

Oh and the DVD cover is wicked!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "..A W E S O M E..", 4 May 2012
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S. Drury "SDX-800" (U.K) - See all my reviews
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This is one of the coolest movies ever made!! If your a big lover of Grindhouse movies and 80's classic cheesy gore movies and exploitation then look no further! This is everything rolled into one, the story is great a Hobo comes to a new town full of corruption and takes it into his own hands to sort it out!! Rutger Hauer is totally outstanding in his lead role, there is plenty of blood and guts to chew on for any horror fan, this is one awesome rollercoaster ride from beginning to end!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE MOST CRUEL AND DISCRIMINATING FILMS SINCE ROBOCOP, 12 Sept. 2011
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Hobo with a shotgun is an awfully over-disturbing and utterly repulsive reminder of just how controversial Robocop is! but hobo is like 1000 times more discriminating to the planet, this is just plane sick and intellegently thought up in the most horrid way possible, its like a 1000 volts running through your brain after an hang over, the director and writer of hobo must be very warped people and I would not like to meet them lol
hobo is a film about a very shocking and beyong our imagination (twisted) world full of every day thugs and evil criminals sweeping through the streets and committing terrible and repulsive crime sprees, even the cops in this film are corrupt and the film itself = a negative view of life and people.
its just so upsetting and the whole film shows loads of brain damaging and devastating sick and depraved crimes that'll make you feel broken inside.

the problem with hobo is that the film will defiantly be too unpleasent and ruthless for a lot of people in the fact it contains beyond evil content and disgusting acts of the most cruel murder scnes on a film.

only buy this depressing and distresser if you can really handle what you are going to be forced to watch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bum Love..!, 2 Sept. 2012
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S. P. Ridley (Nottingham,UK) - See all my reviews
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Hobo With A Shotgun seemingly an entry into the 70's Grindhouse revival on the back
of Tarantino/rodriguez output and similar films that followed like Larry Bishops Hell Ride,at
least that's what the early trailer seemed to suggest generating much interest at the
time.
In the end though the final film is much more in the vein of 80's and 90's Troma
output along the lines of Toxic Avenger and Class Of Nuk'em High.This is no bad thing though as
Rutger Hauer is on great form as the down and out avenger for a held-up community needing to
make a stand.Ably assisted by a plucky prostitute(Molly Dunsworth)He dispatches the wacky bad guys usually in some gory
inventive way.

The Blu Ray offers up a very nice image and a whole host of extras from cast/crew commentaries to
Q&A interviews and various making of extra features which given the low budget constraints of the film
are well worth watching for the work that went into making it.
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars The Littlest Hobo, 10 Jan. 2013
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I've reviewed this film in full at Knifed in Venice for anyone looking the ins and outs of a critical review for anyone who doesn't it's great but if you don't like Exploitation cinema you'll not get much out of HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN.
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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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