Movie Title: Hobo With a Shotgun
Director: Jason Eisener
Date Released: January 21st, 2011 – Sundance Film Festival
Date Seen: April 26th, 2012 (Thank you Netflix, for keeping track of that for me)
Part 1 – Spoiler Free Quickie Review
So, I thought to celebrate the 4th of July, I’d post a true patriotic movie. A Canadian horror film made based off of a fake trailer made for Grindhouse. Yep. Nothing screams USA more than that.
“Hobo With a Shotgun” is INSANE. I mean really, just the idea of it is a little ridiculous – lets have a vigilante bum go crazy and take justice into his own hands. But when you see the trailer, you see just how crazy insane fabulous this movie is going to be. To give you a rundown, it’s filmed like Grindhouse – the colors are over/under saturated, lots of scenes have a “hue” to them (blue in a prison room, red in a club, orange/yellow in a warm home, etc), and there is a lot of gore. Lots of gore. Cheesy awesome gore that has you screaming WHO THOUGHT OF THIS?! For example, at one part two bumper cars (yes bumper cars) smash into a hobo’s head at the same time and squish it into a million pieces. Yep. That kind of gore.
Some people will say there is a meaningful relationship between the hobo and a young prostitute, Abby, which is true…. but I didn’t care at all about those scenes. I mean yes, they are necessary, you see that the Hobo (he doesn’t have a name… just Hobo) has feelings and is a real person, and you come to like Abby… but other than that, I couldn’t care less for those scenes.
I recommend the movie if you want to watch a grindhouse type film, with lots of cheesy gore. It’s a man movie – so watch it with your man friends with some beers late one night and trust me, it will be the best movie you’ve ever seen.
Part 2 – In Depth Spoiler Ridden Review
The plot in the movie is pretty basic… up until the end. To me, the highlights are the kills (yes, once again, I know I’m a sick bitch). So let’s start from the beginning!
Hobo (Rutger Hauer) arrives at Hope Town on a train car. In his first day (s?) there he witnesses unspeakable acts all across town. He sees a pedophile Santa, a guy paying homeless people to do horrible stunts for money, criminals everywhere, corrupt cops, etc. One of the most disturbing acts is when we are introduced to the Drake (Brian Downey) and his two sons, Ivan (Nick Bateman) and Slick (Gregory Smith). It was scary to see Gregory Smith in this type of role… but he played it oh so well as a creepy homicidal sadistic maniac. So anyway, Hobo witnesses them murdering the Drake’s brother, by putting a manhole cover around his neck (later you see the way it snaps into place… it was bugging me the first half of the movie to know how they got it on), shoving him in a manhole, so that he is just hanging by that weight, then putting a rope around his neck and attaching it to a car… and driving off with his head. Fabulous.
Hobo follows Ivan and Slick to a club and this is where there are some “crazy youngin’s” riding souped up bumper cars around over/onto/etc homeless people. So here is when we see the lovely head smash between two bumper cars and endless amounts of blood splatter. We meet Abby (Molly Dunsworth) here, as she tries to stop Slick and Ivan from beating up some guy that owes them money. If I remember correctly (I’m honestly too chicken to go look), it’s after they literally bend his arm around a joystick on a game. Slick takes her outside and is about to kill her, but Hobo stops him, beats him up, and takes him to the police. At the police station they basically make fun of him for thinking the police could do anything, and then in comes Ivan and another cop who beat the living crap out of Hobo and carve “scum” into his chest with a knife and then throw him outside into the trash.
He leaves and somehow runs into Abby – who takes him home with her. Here is when we have those touchy-feely moments. We do get that Hobo wants to start his own lawn cutting business and that she should join him and she thinks it’s a good idea, blah blah, Abby gives him a sweatshirt with a bear on it, which makes subsequent murder scenes even more awesome, and he goes to bed. The next morning Hobo decides he needs $50 to buy a lawn mower he saw at a pawn shop. So what does he do? He goes to that man who is paying homeless people to do ridiculous stuff for money. I forget all that he does, but the most memorable one is that he breaks a bottle on his face and then eats the glass from it. Nasty. That scene was hard to watch for me, because it was the LEAST ridiculous of all the scenes.
So he gets his money and then goes to the pawn shop. While he is there, it gets robbed. He stands there for a while staring at the $49.99 lawnmower…. or the $49.99 shotgun….. He takes the shotgun and shoots the robber, leaves the money on the counter, and then leaves. Now comes the awesome scene. Hobo goes back and kills all those people he saw at the beginning of the movie and a number of others. It’s a great sequence of him just going up to random criminals, the guy with the video camera, the pedophile Santa, a pimp, some drug dealers, etc. It’s a beautiful and hilarious scene. When he kills the pimp, the pimp is about to kiss a prostitute and he just shoves the gun in his mouth and says “you… you’re fucked” and then pulls the trigger… ahhhh greatness.
So, the Drake starts to get angry about all of this criminal killing going on and things the town needs to be reminded of who is in charge. He has a nice conversation with his sons – while in the background topless women are beating a man hanging upside down with bats like he’s a pinata. Crazyness. At the end of the scene the drake takes a bat with razor blades on it and just goes to town on the man. But not before we get one gold mine of a line – “When life gives you razor blades…. you make a bat… covered in razor blades!” That is gold right there.
To remind the city that it belongs to the Drake – the two sons go torch a bus (full of kids) with a flamethrower and then go murder a newscaster on air. The townspeople then go crazy and start killing homeless people at the request of the sons. The whole time, Abby and Hobo are planning to leave town and go start their own lawn cutting business. However, before they can leave, Slick and Ivan find them. There is an interesting fight scene involving ice skates. I have no idea why they chose to put Ivan in ice skates… maybe just because they wanted to have the line “It’s a beautiful day for a skate rape!” in there. No joke, he says that. The fight is pretty hilarious and you do get worried about Abby for a bit. She gets her throat cut pretty bad. Ivan gets away, but Slick gets his dick shot at multiple times by Hobo. He loses it. Then as Hobo and Abby drive away to the hospital, a demon flaming school bus of children come to pick him up and take him to hell. It’s pretty fabulous.
The Drake hears about everything that went down and so he calls in “The Plague” to take care of the business. They, as much as we know, are a supernatural set of demons, Rip and Grinder, who can kill anyone. They go to the hospital and go on a killing rampage to find Hobo. They string everyone up they find – regardless of who it is. Or slaughter them. Whatever. When they do find Hobo, they capture him and take him back to their lair. Their lair was pretty cool for the random supernatural elements you’d expect a demon lair to have – like random doors with creatures trying to escape. Random for the movie, but cool.
The Plague take Hobo to a kind of “Running Man” esque death arena, where the Drake is going to kill him. At the same time, Abby leaves the hospital with Hobo’s shotgun, a lawnmower, and some angry townspeople to go save Hobo. When she gets there, we get an epic battle between everyone. Hobo is stuck down in the manhole like the guy at the beginning of the movie. Abby somehow gets him out really quick and gives him the shot gun. She manages to kill Grinder, but then the Drake cuts her hand off with the lawnmower. With her bone now sticking out, she stabs the Drake in the stomach. It was craptastic… but so awesome. Rip, the other member of the Plague, tells Abby that she must take his place now in the group… but the Hobo won’t let her. Rip leaves.
Now the police come and are going to shoot Hobo, who is about to finish off the Drake. All the townspeople though start to get in the way, but Hobo doesn’t want them to die so he just shoots Drake and thus the cops shoot him. Then the townspeople go nuts and kill the cops. So we have another beautiful blood bath. This is where the movie ends.
However, in the extended ending…. we see Abby at the Plague’s lair…… and where her hand used to be… is now shotguns!!! WOO!!!! Pretty epic.
I loved this movie. If you just take it for what it is – a grindhouse ridiculous movie – it’s pure epic ness. If you want to compare it to other movies, of different genres (which you shouldn’t), then obviously it gets a lower rating. But, I was highly entertained during this movie and I love it. Even if it’s to make fun of the sheer ridiculousness or the cheesy one liners (seriously, if you just go to ANY second of the movie, you’re bound to get one), I don’t care. It’s a great movie.