DVD Review: Hobo With A Shotgun

Bang Bang.

All this Hobo (Rutger Hauer) wants to do is start his own lawn mowing business. There's a surprisingly sweet scene in which he finally puts his hands on the mower he plans to buy and smiles. Then back to reality, he realizes this new town he has just rolled into is full of crime. Mob bosses and deranged cops rule the city. They rob innocent victims, kill children, abuse prostitutes, etc. Instead of buying that mower, our Hobo gets a shotgun instead. He's going to solve the city's violent problems one shell at a time. He finds himself saving, protecting, and ultimately fighting along side Abby, (Molly Dunsworth) a prostitute that was nearly killed.

This is a grind house style movie, so obviously you are watching it for the gore. What I personally appreciated about the film was that they had multiple instances where they could've had over the top sexual assaults. But they didn't, not one is shown, attempts are implied, but they never happen. Maybe I'm a hypocrite for cringing at that and not at people getting their heads ripped off, but it is what it is. The film's violence is extremely over the top, most of the time it's done with a tad bit of humor. (Getting a hand severed, then proceding to stab the man who severed it to death with the bone sticking out of your arm) Others are hard to watch (School bus full of kids getting torched.) The acting is borderline terrible, but you can expect that from a low budget horror film. Overall, I enjoyed Hobo With A Shot Gun, it was amusing and I love the obvious title. I was pretty underwhelmed by the ending, because I had heard how "awesome" it was and it didn't really live up to the high expectations I had for it. Nonetheless, a must see for horror fans.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B-

Memorable Quote: "I just want to go to the zoo with you and see the bears." - Abby (Molly Dunsworth)

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