This surprise cult smash stars Rutger Haur as the eponymous Hobo of the film's title, who arrives in the inappropriately named “Hope Town” looking for a fresh start. Begging for change to buy himself a lawnmower, in the hopes earning a living doing gardening jobs, he soon discovers that he got off the train at the wrong station, as he realises this is a society rife with lawlessness and anti-social behaviour.
Aside from every other person being either a pimp, thug or petty criminal, the town is ruled by a vicious mob boss named Drake who, along with his two crackpot sons, openly extorts, murders and deals drugs to people in broad daylight, with the full blessing of the extremely corrupt local police force, who he controls.
So, deciding enough is enough, he ditches the idea of buying a lawnmower and instead invests in a 12 gauge pump action shotgun and embarks on a quest to clean up the streets his way. Resulting in some hilarious acts of carnage along the way.
Filmed in the same style as one of those 1970s drive-in movies, complete with retro style title credits and intro music, this is an extremely fun film, which doesn’t take itself too seriously and features some hilarious action scenes, as well as some very bizarre sequences that wouldn’t be out of place in a Robert Rodriguez film. Which is kind-of fitting, as this actually started life as one of those false trailers that accompanied the Canadian release of the movie “Grindhouse”.
To be honest the title “Hobo with a Shotgun” really tells you all you need to know about this film. Its terrific good fun and Rutger Hauer is awesome as the Hobo of the films title, and features one of the best uses of the song “Disco Inferno (Burn Baby Burn)” I’ve seen in a film. So if you dug "Machete" or those "Grindhouse" films (or even if you didn’t) my advice is to check this one out immediately!