Hobo with a Shotgun

Produced in 2011, Hobo with a Shotgun can hardly be listed as an 80’s Action Movie, but there was no reason not to use the 80’s format in this totally over the top bloodbath. If you don’t approve this, then you should take it up with Rutger Hauer. Hobo with a Shotgun had its beginnings as a mock trailer contest used for the promotion of the Tarantino/Rodriguez double feature of Grindhouse roll out. It was turned into a full-length film that surpassed Grindhouse and it is unique with its dark humour and gore. As soon as you see Rob Wells from Trailer Park Boys appearing in the initial scene, you are sure something special is in front of your eyes. By the time you get to the scene with the school bus full of kids, there is no doubt left in you that this is a movie that could offend literally everyone.

The setting of the Story

This movie is set in the small town of Hope, but there is little hope in this God-forsaken hellhole, a dystopian urban landscape violence, death and chaos. After witnessing neverending bullying, abuse, and brutal murder of the town’s unfortunate citizenry, the Hobo protagonist has had enough and he is going into vigilante mode! The Hobo enters into an unlikely alliance with a good-hearted prostitute and together they try to rally the townspeople to stand up against the tyranny of the town’s thugs.

Death Toll

In this movie, it is virtually impossible for you as a viewer to count the total number of violent deaths, much less the total number. This could definitely be considered one of the deadliest movies of all the 80’s Action Movies even though the movie is not an 80’s Action Movie. This doesn’t make any sense, just like the movie. Anyway, the total count of deaths in the movie is impossible to tell, due to the deaths of all of the homeless, but the total deaths attributed to the cast members is a solid 51. The Hobo himself kills 12 victims, including a paedophile Santa. We are going to conservatively estimate 125 deaths due to the long night of violence against the homeless.

Hobo with a Shotgun Overview

Hobo with a Shotgun is not a bad movie at all. It has a lot going for it before one frame is watched due to the title and the starring role of Rutger Hauer. The plot is weak and the ending disappointing, but this film is about style, not story. As you might imagine, Hauer carries the film and is perfect for the role of the craggy, derelict hobo. The strength of the movie, aside from the obvious performance of Hauer, is the use of bright Technicolor to put the spotlight on the carnage and gore. The final scene is a homage to Kubrick and Spielberg’s Flesh Fair in Artificial Intelligence and ends badly for most involved.