In the lead up to the 7th Canadian Film Festival in Australia (August 2012), join us as we countdown the Top 100 Canadian Films of the past 30 years. We'll be posting one film a day leading up to Canada Day on July 1st 2012. Do you agree with our staff favourites? Let us know your thoughts!
#91 - Hobo with a Shotgun
A hobo arrives in Hope Town (renamed by its residents as Scum Town) to find it ruled by crime boss, The Drake, and his sons. It’s a place where people grow up to sell their bodies on the streets, shoot dope from dirty needles, and make money by selling junk to crack heads…or become a hobo. With a shotgun.
After trying to beg for enough money to buy a lawnmower, start his own business, and clean up the city, the titular hobo finds the only option left for him is to spend his cash on a shotgun instead, delivering his own brand of justice by going on a killing rampage after the scum of the town: crooked cops, pedophiles, pimps, and slimy TV execs.
Dripping in blood and gore, this over the top exploitation flick is not for the faint of heart. The second fake trailer from Tarantino and Rodriguez’s 2007 Grindhouse collaboration to be made into a feature film, Hobo is a very different beast from Machete.
A throwback to 80s video nasties mixed with the aesthetics of an arcade game, the intensely bright and saturated Technicolor invariably heightens the dark message and content of the film. Indeed not a film for everyone, but if this sounds like it could be up your alley it’s a whole lot of insane, crazy fun!
And if you can tell me who better than Rutger Hauer to play a hobo, delivering justice one shell at a time, I’d like to hear it.
Definitely one to watch with friends, preferably at midnight and on a big screen with the volume way up!
"I could rant on for hours about the brilliant cinematography, totally authentic pulse pounding soundtrack, awesome levels of gore and depravity on display, and how hilarious the whole thing is, but I'm not going to. You know why? Because it’s a film with Rutger Hauer playing a hobo with a shotgun. And that's really all you need to know." -(Kyle Scott, Horror Hotel)
To see the other films in the countdown so far, click here.