English FIlm Review

Hobo With a Shotgun (2011)

Director: Jason Eisener
Writers: John Davies, Jason Eisener (story)
Starring: Rutger Hauer, Pasha Ebrahimi, Robb Wells, Brian Downey, Gregory Smith

If you are into homemade exploitation torture porn then this is your pick – otherwise walk away. Only really good thing about this was Rutger Hauer and some inventive killing scenes. Quality of film brought in mind early 90’s low budget films shot in video. Acting and dramatic style owns much to classic splatter films like Peter Jackson’s Bad Taste. What Bad taste did with style – Hobo only tries. Magic is broken with the dumb dialogue and violence that goes a little bit far – like hand to the lawnmower. Violence in Bad Taste is visual and funny – so that the actual event feels less grim. It’s a fine line between terrifying and imaginative. Rutger Hauer could have had a great role in this, but the director or the script gave him only one hooky monologue where he could show his talent of delivering inspiring speeches. Such a waste of talent. 🙁

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