I haven’t been this disgusted watching an exploitation film since I saw Dead Alive. (And that’s a high compliment.) Just that fact that I compare this movie to an early Peter Jackson film shows the potential of novice directors who only really need a bucket of fake blood and a digital camera to make something that really provokes an audience.
Yes, the whole neo-grindhouse thing is getting old, but this one gets it right, delivering everything you'd want from this kind of movie with style and enthusiasm. Writer-director Jason Eisener's deceptively sharp filmmaking, Rutger Hauer's trademark intensity, and an inspired atmosphere of over the top absurdity make it a rollicking good time for cult movie fans. A very pleasant surprise.
The filmmakers aimed for mediocrity and achieved it. Rutger Hauer saves the movie from being completely dismissible with his odd and humanizing performance. Molly Dunsworth as Abby offers her support in humanizing the movie as well. Brian Downey does a great cartoonish villain, but it's a one-note character and I tired of that note.
"Rutger Hauer was a replicant, a hitcher and now a hobo?"
He was also a blind swordfighter, a bohemian who "fucked better than god", a Cardinal, a soldier, a crazy scientist, a rapist, a vampire, a king, a terrorist and a knight with a curse that turned him into a wolf... what a career! Love that guy!
Aggressively ugly but strangely entertaining homage to the grindhouse exploitation films of the 1970s and 80s about a hobo in a town overrun by crim who sets out to take his own brand of vigilante justice. Completely ludicrous, with purposely shoddy filmmaking, but actually succeeds in conjuring a convincing grindhouse atmosphere.
A bit of a missed opportunity. There are some good parts here and there but the mediocre writing is the main culprit. Rutger is the only saving grace in this thing. Skip it and watch "Machine Girl" or "Tokyo Gore Police" if you want some bloody mayhem. Or watch "Rubber" for a proper send up of the genre
This is basically a Troma movie (like "The Toxic Avenger") with Rutger Hauer inserted in. Except instead of being fun and humorous, it's mean-spirited and depraved. If it wasn't for him, this movie would probably have been unwatchable. But where else are you gonna see Rutger given some decent monologues to deliver at his age?
Hobo With a Shotgun is a Troma movie that takes itself much more seriously. This was either Rutger Hauer's performance of a lifetime or that's legitimate regret you see on his face as a result of starring in this movie. It looked like it was going to straighten up and fly right at a few points but it just floundered. If the movie was as half as good as the poster I'd have been happy.