Director: Jason Eisener
Stars: Rutger Hauer, Molly Dunsworth, Brian Downey, Robb Wells, Gregory Smith

Hobo With A Shotgun is a film specifically made for a certain type of movie lover, the viewer who watched the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez exploitation throwback Grindhouse and thought, “That was pretty cool, but why’d they chump out so much?” Birthed from essentially the same idea as Grindhouse, that being the desire to stage a late '70s/early '80s trash flick through modern filmmaking, writer-director Jason Eisener’s ridiculously hardcore feature debut is, in terms of its nearly flawless mimicking of older conventions, superior to Grindhouse, not to mention every other wink-wink exploitation riff made in recent years.

As the titular hobo, B-movie favorite Rutger Hauer is horror’s answer to Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler: an oft-forgotten veteran blasting his way through a glorious comeback with pure go-for-it zeal. Hauer’s deadpan seriousness is the perfect complement to everything else in Eisener’s fucking mental production, a relentless smasher of taboos in which little kids are torched, human heads are smashed between bumper cars, shotgun rounds are discharged in public more than toilet paper is thrown on Mischief Night. Together, the director’s lunacy and Hauer’s hilariously serious performance offset each other enough to render Hobo With A Shotgun as the best kind of dysfunctional marriage.