Mr.Bo Ziffer's Rating of Hobo With a Shotgun

Mr.'s Review of Hobo With a Shotgun

6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
Hobo With a Shotgun

Hobo With a Shotgun(2011)

I highly suggest you don't watch this alone; the film just isn't as satisfying if you can't turn to the person next to you for a glimpse of shock and disgust on their face.

Of all the Grindhouse films, this one (based on the winner of the international Grindhouse trailer contest) follows the rules and stipulations of what a Grindhouse film should be the closest. As much as I like Planet Terror and Machete, Robert Rodriguez put a lot of money in a film in order to make it look low-budget, which is actually quite ironic coming from the guy who gave us the $7,000 wonder, El Mariachi. Death Proof had the retro, low-budget look, but there were many inconsistencies (excellent editing during the car chase scene, but can't handle a girl sitting down at a table?) Hobo With A Shotgun looks low-budget because it IS low-budget. It doesn't have to pretend to be low budget, but it is just as entertaining.

When a nameless homeless man (Rutger Hauer) steps off a train to Shit Towne, his main focus is to buy a cheap lawnmower and start his own business. But the streets are run with an iron fist by the maniacal Drake, and his sons, Slick and Ivan. Soon, the hobo realizes he can't stand aside while crackheads, thieves, and pedophile Santa Clauses are at large, and he takes action . . . with a pump-action shotgun! Enter the hooker with the heart of gold, demons on motorcycles, monologues about bears, and some of the most creative deaths put to film, and you've got one of the strangest exploitation films I've seen in a long time. And I've seen Ichi The Killer.

Not since Peter Jackson's Dead-Alive (Braindead) has my thirst been blood been so quenched. Decapitations, gut-busting shotgun blasts, and human pinatas are on display, warts and all in neon-lit, fish-eye lensed glory. Acting is over-the-top, save for Hauer, who is just right. But it's all in fun, provided you can handle it. If you saw the remake of Prom Night and thought "Ew, too bloody" . . . erm, this isn't your movie.

If you're a fan of Troma films, you'll probably like this movie. If you're looking for something with substance and great performances, I would STILL recommend this film, just to show you what you're missing.