I’m still trying to put my eyeballs back into their sockets after watching the movie Hobo with a Shotgun.
This Canadian film , directed by Jason Eisener and written by John Davies, is in colour. And when I say ‘colour’, I’m here to tell you… it’s in COLOUR!!
I can’t remember a movie shot in such alarming neon hues. ‘Eye-popping’ pretty well sums it up.
Rutger Hauer plays the Hobo who comes to a little sea-side place out east called Hope Town (aka Scum Town). It is a lawless hell hole run by a greasy little sadist known as The Drake. His ‘muscle’ are his two sons, Slick and Ivan. Shortly after watching Drake and his boys behead Drake’s brother, the Hobo attempts to make a ‘citizen’s arrest’, dragging Slick to the police station. For his trouble, he is beaten up by the crooked police chief, Ivan and a suddenly freed Slick, who carves the word “SCUM” into the Hobo’s chest. He is taken in and cared for by a local prostitute, Abby. The Hobo saved $49.99 up to buy a lawnmower (he was going to cut lawns to earn money), and he goes into a pawnshop only to witness the place being robbed. Taking a shotgun off the pawnshop wall (cost: $49.99), the Hobo kills the robbers and buys the gun. The Hobo decides that what Scum Town needs is Justice… swift brutal final Justice… and the Hobo is intent on ‘delivering Justice one shell at a time.’ Mayhem ensues as the Hobo goes on a rampage, killing criminals left, right and centre with a certain grim yet enthusiastic alacrity, culminating in a final battle between Hobo, The Drake and his boys, two nasty villains in tin cans known as “The Plague”, Abby and the local police.
Like Dead Snow, that delightful homage to nazi zombie guts and splatter, Hobo With a Shotgun also lays on the über gore as a tribute to the ‘grindhouse movies’ of the 70s and 80s – exploitation films featuring extreme violence, sex and blood. It is not for the squeamish but, like Dead Snow, it is SO over-the-top that it is enjoyable and even fun! Rutger Hauer is perfect as the Hobo. Also, as with Dead Snow, it doesn’t disturb you the way the Saw or Hostel movies do. It is a Halloween type of fake gruesomeness… a weird gone-too-far scary funhouse. At no time do you ever forget you are watching a movie… a movie about a certain kind of movie.
I liked Hobo With a Shotgun to a disturbing degree. I had a blast, despite my eyeballs popping out of their sockets. Small price to pay for a good time, I say!
Two bloody day-glow red thumbs up!
 Hobo With a Shotgun is based on the winning trailer of the same name from Robert Rodriguez‘s South by Southwest Grindhouse trailers contest. It was shot out in Nova Scotia (Halifax and Dartmouth)… and looks it.