Hobo with a Shotgun

Take cover: Rutger Hauer is about to go postal

Hobo with a Shotgun


Directors: Jason Eisener
Starring: Rutger Hauer, Pasha Ebrahimi, Robb Wells
Time Out rating:

After all the hype and hoopla, the recuts and extended versions, the trailers and spin-offs, finally something decent has emerged from the wreck of Quentin Tarantino’s disastrous Grindhouse project. Hobo with a Shotgun is no classic, but unlike its predecessors Death Proof, Planet Terror and Machete, it’s a watchable, lively, reasonably inventive take on old-school exploitation clichés. Inspired by a competition-winning trailer originally attached to the Canadian release of Grindhouse, Hobo stars Rutger Hauer as the titular vigilante, an isolated drifter whose fury at the criminal scum infesting the slums of Hope Town sparks double-barrelled vengeance. It’s clearly a low-budget affair, but first-time director Jason Eisener compensates with super-saturated ’70s-style colour, a cracking John Carpenter-meets-blaxploitation soundtrack, hyper-speed cutting and fountains of crowd-pleasing gore: heads roll, limbs fly, and one poor soul gets both barrels in the balls. But the trump card is Hauer, whose terse, growling performance anchors the film – though it does have the unwanted effect of making the rest of the cast look somewhat amateurish. Sick but fun.

Hobo with a Shotgun opens at Shibuya Theater N and Shinjuku Musashinokan (late show only) on November 26

By Tom Huddleston
Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.


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