Monday, 16 January 2012

05/01/2012: Hobo With A Shotgun [2011]

You and me are goin' on a car-ride to hell... and you're riding shotgun!

This quote pretty much sums up Hobo With A Shotgun. A Grindhouse  trailer turned into a movie the Hobo takes you on one bloody, twisted and graphic sunday night drive into hell. Grindhouse trailers featured in Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantinos' Grindhouse double feature Planet Terror and Death Proof. The original Hobo trailer was picked as a contest winner to be featured in certain viewings of Grindhouse specifically in Canada.
Machete [2010] was actually the first of these trailers to be made into a full movie, with Hobo With A Shotgun the second.

Hobo's storyline is written into the title, a hobo tired of the brutal crime rampant city decides do become a vigilante and proceeds to clean up the town with a shotgun. While the Hobo does not take up arms immediately the violence begins fast and bloody and doesn't slow down nor falter in its creativity. The movie is truly an done in the fashion of the films Grindhouse was a homage to and while not the film for everyone it will satisfy fans of the genre.

The movie even has the unique camera visuals expected, with the shifted colours and high saturation complimenting the movies blood and guts. The plotline is interesting, although I'm not sure who the hell The Plague were. Abbey made for an entertaining sidekick, especially all geared up, whilst the violent crime family fit the bill nicely.

Overall this movie is what it set out to be and you'll will either like it or not. Check out the trailer to get a sense (I'll link the original below). The movie is a throwback to the old days of exploitation and ultra-violence movies and would easily have been shown in a grindhouse theatre. Personally I'm hoping for Werewolf women of the S.S. to be the next grindhouse trailer to go full feature.

When life gives you razor blades, you make a baseball bat... with razor blades

Links: (Hobo With A Shotgun original trailer) (Werewolf Women of the S.S.)

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