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Jason Eisener

Best movies: Hobo with a Shotgun (2011)

Subtleties and reservations are clearly foreign to Canadian filmmaker Jason Eisener. One viewing of last year’s terrific exploitation throwback Hobo with a Shotgun proves that statement as correct; starring Rutger Hauer, Hobo puts, yes, a shotgun in the hands of a disgruntled homeless man, and, tossing all kinds of awful people and humanity-killing sights in his way, prods him to leave piles of dead criminals and low-life scum bloodied up in the streets.

In addition to being gleefully overboard with its violence, Hobo with a Shotgun is also funny as sin, tapping into Eisener’s twisted sense of humor that first surfaced in his amazing 2008 short, Treevenge. The premise? Christmas trees, fed up with being uprooted for humans’ holiday needs, start murdering everyone in sight, including little kids.

Hobo with a Chainsaw, in which Rutger Hauer chops down the bloodthirsty plants on December 24th? Somebody get Eisener on the phone, stat!

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