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Posted on 8/22/11 04:21 PM
The "B" movie can sometimes be a tricky genre. How are you supposed to make a modern film that feels like it was made 30 years ago, yet still appeals to an audience in this present day? You make a movie called Hobo With A Shotgun, that's how.
The title alone gives you a pretty solid idea of what you're in for. If you were a fan of Grindhouse, Machete, and any other movies of that ilk, you will have a "B" movie orgasm for the entire 86 minutes of this film.
The movie is about a hobo, who as you might have guessed, comes to possess a shotgun. The place where this hobo calls home is Scumtown, formally called Hopetown before a courageous citizen decided to give it a more proper name; there is no hope in this place. Every where you look someone is being beaten, robbed, raped, or killed. It would appear that the idea of law enforcement was deemed ineffective at some point in this miserable town's history. Controlling this cesspool is The Drake, and his two sons, Ivan and Slick. These three are the perfect villains for this type of film. I loved how there wasn't even an attempt to give these characters some sort of dark motivation or occurrence as to why they want to cause everyone so much pain. These guys are straight fucking evil. No back story, no subtle hints as to why, they just want to control the town and anyone that gets in their way, they kill. In their first screen appearance, the hobo witnesses them decapitating The Drake's brother in a manner extremely fitting for the film.
What follows is a heart-pounding, adrenaline pumping, testosterone fueled gore fest. The hobo, sick of all the evil and selfishness that has taken over the town, decides to take matters into his own hands. After attempting to save a beautiful prostitute named Abby from Slick, the hobo is sliced up in extremely gruesome and violent fashion and is left to die. Abby finds him and nurses him back to health. The hobo then does whatever he can to make 50 dollars so that he may buy a lawnmower (only he could tell you why). On the day of his potential purpose the store is held up by a group of thugs. The hobo stares at the lawnmower and then at a shotgun on the wall, both conveniently priced at $49.99. You can see the pain in his eyes as he quickly abandons the lawnmower and grabs the shotgun. Needless to say it doesn't end well for our thugs.
You can probably guess the rest of the plot of the movie right now, but it doesn't even matter. When you make a conscious decision to watch a movie called Hobo With A Shotgun, plot probably isn't one of your big concerns. Having said that, the other elements of the film are actually very impressive for the very obvious low budget. The acting is over the top and pure awesome. Brian Downey is wicked as The Drake. He captures the essence of a "B" movie villain PERFECTLY. There are several moments in the film where the idea of being a hobo is explored and it's truly moving to see these portrayals.
The last 20 minutes is nothing short of insanity, filled with guns, knives, a shield with a lawnmower blade attached to it, and crazy demons with black medieval armor (no I'm not shitting you.) Grab your substance of choice, a few friends (guys preferably) and literally feel the hair grow on balls as you experience the beauty that is, Hobo With A Shotgun.