Hobo With A Shotgun

Robert Rodriguez ran a competition at SXSW for Grindhouse, inviting people to make fake trailers. This was the winning entry. 

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The trailer was screened in some parts of Canada as part of the actual Grindhouse release. As a result, $3 million was raised to develop a full movie starring Rutger Hauer as the eponymous Hobo and Molly Dunsworth as his tart-with-a-heart sidekick. It’s the second fake trailer from Grindhouse to be made into a film after Rodriguez’s own Machete, and after a very limited theatrical release was uploaded onto streaming channels such as Netflix, where it has become a cult hit.

The Hobo’s rampage is sparked when he arrives in a nasty little town run by a criminal gang headed by The Drake (Brian Downey) and his sadistic sons (Nick Bateman and Gregory Smith). They inflict gory, over-the-top horror on the terrified locals – most of whom are drugged up to the eyeballs and willing to participate in the mayhem. When Abby (Dunsworth) is threatened, The Hobo shoots her attacker … and then decides to clean up the streets the old-fashioned way.

As you can guess from the trailer, the film is absolutely ridiculous. The acting is terrible, the violence gratuitous and the dialogue whiffier than a fromagerie. With a bigger budget, this could have eclipsed the disappointing Machete – especially since the effects are sub-Doctor Who (and I’m talking the old series here). That said, it’s because the effects are so bad that the film remains enjoyable – yes, it’s gruesome, but so obviously fake you’re never in any real danger of losing your lunch.

Answer the following question: did you like Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn, Planet Terror and the action bits in Kill Bill? Oh good. Let me know what you think.

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