On VUDU Before Theaters: Hobo with a Shotgun

Hobo with a Shotgun
Starring: Rutger Hauer, Gregory Smith, Molly Dunsworth, Brian Downey, Nick Bateman
Director: Jason Eisener
Magnolia Pictures
Not rated

In 2007, directors Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino unleashed one of their greatest collaborations to date – “Grindhouse”. An homage and throwback to the exploitation films of the 1970s, the film (containing two back-to-back movies “Planet Terror” and “Death Proof”) proved to be a critical and commercial failure, though it did create a fervent cult fan base. Most everyone agreed that the highlight of “Grindhouse” was not the back-to-back films, but rather the filler, fake trailers that aired between both movies. One of those trailers, Machete, became a feature length film on its own just last year, finally satisfying all the fanboys who had hoped to see the trailer become a full length film. Hot on the heels of Machete comes another trailer that has been expanded to a feature-length film, Hobo with a Shotgun. A complete experience and thrill-a-minute of a film, Hobo with a Shotgun is sure to please and tantalize. Hobo with a Shotgun is now available to rent on VUDU in SD, HD, and HDX one month before it premieres in theaters nationwide!

Rutger Hauer is the titular Hobo, a man who arrives into town by way of train. As he walks the streets, he’s met with unmitigated crime and murder. The streets are overflowing by corruption thanks to Drake (Brian Downey), the self-proclaimed man in charge. With his sadistic sons Slick (Gregory Smith) and Ivan (Nick Bateman) and the town police in his pocket, Drake has free reign in a city overrun by chaos. But when they interfere with the Hobo and his dreams of a better life, the Hobo takes it upon himself to rid the town of all the scumbags. With a prostitute named Abby (Molly Dunsworth) by his side and 12-gauge shotgun in his hand, the Hobo won’t let anything get in his way.

Don’t let the fact that this movie isn’t rated fool you into thinking it’s for all audiences. Hobo with a Shotgun features copious amounts of gratuitous violence and adult situations. When the film goes before the MPAA, it’s sure to be rated R. Like it’s “Grindhouse” predecessors, Hobo with a Shotgun is a straight up throwback to the exploitation genre. Like all good exploitation films, it features a relativity unknown cast, bad acting, a low budget, and insane amounts of violence to compensate for the bad acting and low budget. Hobo with a Shotgun is just a pure fun experience where you can shut your brain off for 90 minutes and treat yourself to overdone action and cheesy one-liners. Hobo with a Shotgun definitely falls into the “it’s so bad it’s good” category of movies, but it is even more enjoyable knowing that it was made with the intention of being pure schlock.

When it was a fake trailer, Hobo with a Shotgun was actually only featured in certain theatrical runs of “Grindhouse”, mostly in Canada. The fake trailer it was based off of was actually the winning submission of an international competition held by Robert Rodriguez. However, where “Grindhouse” and Machete had big studio backing and a decent budget, Hobo with a Shotgun is a true grindhouse-style flick where it was completed on a shoestring budget. The movie pulls off some pretty impressive and graphic special effects considering its budgetary constraints. Hobo with a Shotgun certainly doesn’t hold back any punches, and its depravity knows no bounds. As a pure exploitation film, Hobo with a Shotgun is a pure cheesefest that is sure to leave you satisfied. This kind of movie is best watched with a group of friends who can appreciate these types of films, especially when it has so much quotable dialogue. So don’t go into the movie expecting anything Oscar-worthy, but do give it a chance—it just might surprise you.


The original Hobo from the fake trailer was played by Canadian actor David Brunt. Even though Rutger Hauer took over the role for the movie, the movie’s creators didn’t forget David, and cast him as one of the town’s many corrupt police officers.