Vigilante Grindhouse Phenomenon
Hobo With A Shotgun

Grindhouse trailer turned full on film 'Hobo With A Shotgun' has been tickling Clash's fancy since we became aware of it through SXSW's Film Festival competition a couple of years back. Sponsored by Tarantino cohort Robert Rodriguez, the contest was to come up with a trailer for a fake movie in the Grindhouse/exploitation style. Independent Canadian film-maker Jason Eisener and collaborator Rob Cotterill shot the trailer for a paltry $150, won the competition and garnered a massive response online which led to them directing the soon to be released full length feature, starring Rutger Hauer as the eponymous hobo.

The no-nonsense vigilante epic features a nameless rail riding hobo who moves to a different city in an attempt to begin a new life and if he can, start his own landscaping business. But it doesn't take long for the cynicism to kick in. Becoming increasingly embittered by the foul actions of the city dwellers around him, in addition to a certain crime family, he takes it upon himself to clean up the streets in a 'if Taxi Driver were a comic book' style, with the aforementioned shotgun and a slew of great dialogue.

It is what it is, and if you don't like ultra violent exploitation movies then this very probably isn't going to be your bag. But through sheer visual inventiveness, a great score and landing a major coup in their choice of lead actor, they may just have made the most entertaining movie to be released this summer. Watch the trailer below and decide for yourselves.

'Hobo With A Shotgun' hits UK cinemas on 22nd July 2011


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