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12. HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN

Director: Jason Eisener
Stars: Rutger Hauer, Molly Dunsworth, Robb Wells
Hobo With A Shotgun wears its sleaze badges with gleeful pride. Unbelievably violent and spot-on hilarious, rookie writer-director Jason Eisener’s loony homage to old-school exploitation cinema exists solely to shock and awe in the trashiest ways possible. And, for that, it’s a movie that features a school bus full of kids getting torched and still manages to earn the “endearing” adjective.

Much of the credit goes to star Rutger Hauer, a B-movie stalwart fully aware of the flick’s inherent ludicrousness and wisely playing it straight, which only adds to the overall silliness. Hauer plays, you guessed it, a hobo with a shotgun, walking around one of the vilest towns ever put on film and blasting deviants away in the name of vigilante justice. Naturally, he bonds with a prostitute, who, in turn, eventually gets soaked in blood and guts and helps our hobo pal battle a sadistic crime lord, his two douchebag sons, and two gargantuan, armor-wearing demons known as The Plague. Why not, right?

Clearly a fanatic of drive-in-era moviemaking, Eisener achieves the desired throwback effects much better than either Robert Rodriguez or Quentin Tarantino did in Grindhouse. Hobo With A Shotgun is entirely one-note, but when that one note is “nostalgic bloodshed,” who are we to complain?

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