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Dread Central's Best and Worst of 2011

27 December 2011 7:06 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Well, folks, 2011 is officially in the can, and surprisingly it wasn't such a horrendous year. It was definitely better than 2010, which was a huge step up from the putrid 2009. We laughed, we applauded, we were left dumbstruck, and of course we were infuriated. Read on for our cheers and jeers!

Now, with a fresh movie-watching start before us, we're taking our usual yearly look back at the good, the bad, the Wtf, and everything in between.

And don't be lazy by just reading along! Get off of your asses and give us your lists in the comments section below. We wanna hear from you if only to compare notes. Lots and lots of notes.

Speaking of notes, the most common complaint we've heard over the years is that we don't have one definitive list representing Dread Central as a whole so for 2011 we dropped everyone's choices in the blender, hit puree, »

- Uncle Creepy

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DVD Review - Hobo with a Shotgun (2011)

7 August 2011 2:33 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Hobo with a Shotgun, 2011.

Directed by Jason Eisener.

Starring Rutger Hauer, Pasha Ebrahimi, Brian Downey, Molly Dunsworth and Rob Wells.

Synopsis:

A shotgun-wielding hobo delivers justice to Scum Town, one shell at a time.

When Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez delivered Grindhouse to the big screen, they invited fellow film-makers to add to the double-bill by making faux-trailers. One of these was Hobo With A Shotgun, which has now been brought to fully formed, feature-length life. The title alone is brilliant and evokes a mental image worthy of one’s visual gaze. The casting of Rutger Hauer as said Hobo is also a stroke of brilliance.

The recent homages to trashy cinema of the 70’s/80’s from Qt and Rr were fairly effective. They did evoke that essence on the whole, though less so with Tarantino’s contribution, Death Proof. A problem for Death Proof especially, but also Planet Terror and Machete, »

- flickeringmyth

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Blu-ray Review: Hobo With A Shotgun – Better Grindhouse Film Than Grindhouse!

1 August 2011 8:06 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

The Film

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

2007’s Grindhouse began a resurgence of the classic exploitation film, with a myriad of movies trying to emulate the look and feel of cult classics from the 70’s and 80’s. It was a fun idea, but the execution wasn’t entirely successful. Death Proof was for hardcore Tarantino fans only, whilst Planet Terror was an improvement but still disappointing.

The highlight by far was the fake trailers which ran in the middle, including Edgar Wright’s hilarious Don’t and Robert Rodriquez’s Machete. Machete itself became a feature film; being significantly more fun than Grindhouse, despite some poorly shoehorned political commentary and an increasingly hammy Robert De Niro.

Another of these fake trailers, Hobo with a Shotgun is now the second from Grindhouse to be extended into a feature length film. Originally created as a competition entry, it became exclusively attached to the »

- Stephen Leigh

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This week's new films

15 July 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Cell 211 (18)

(Daniel Monzón, 2009, Spa/Fr) Luis Tosar, Alberto Ammann, Antonio Resines. 113 mins

Sometimes all you need is a great set-up: a prison guard, first day on the job, gets trapped in a cell just as a riot breaks out, and must therefore pose as an inmate to survive. It's better not to know where this tough Spanish thriller goes from there, but rest assured you're in very good hands. There's tightrope tension and breakneck pace, but wider questions of honour and justice unfold, too – everything you could ask for, in fact.

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (12A)

(David Yates, 2011, UK/Us) Daniel Radcliffe, Ralph Fiennes, Emma Watson. 130 mins

Having sat through the deathly dullness of Part 1, here's our reward: a rousing finale that strikes all the right notes, ties up 10 years' worth of loose ends, plunges you into 3D battle, and perhaps even wrings the odd tear – all without inducing effects fatigue. »

- Steve Rose

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Exclusive Interview With Hobo With A Shotgun Director Jason Eisener

12 July 2011 8:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Beginning life as a ‘fake’ trailer, made as part of a competition tied to the release of Grindhouse, Hobo with a Shotgun is now a fully fledged feature film and on July the 15th it finally reaches UK cinemas. “Delivering justice, one shell at a time” in the role of the titular Hobo is Rutger Hauer and accompanying him in ‘Scum Town’ are Pasha Ebrahimi, Robb Wells, Brian Downey and many more.

Hobo with a Shotgun is directed by Jason Eisener and we were recently given the opportunity to speak to him. Below is a transcription of our discussion.

There are films like Dead End Drive-in that seem to be big influences on you and their influence is clearly evident in Hobo. What were your key influences and how did you decide to incorporate them?

Me and John, the writer of the film, are best friends and grew up together. »

- Craig Skinner

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Blu-ray Review: Hobo with a Shotgun

5 July 2011 2:23 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Hobo with a Shotgun gives you exactly what you'd expect from a movie called Hobo with a Shotgun. You can decide whether that's a good thing or a bad thing, but Magnolia has certainly put together a package worth owning if you fall on the side of the former.

Like Machete, Hobo with a Shotgun began as one of the fake trailers sandwiched between the Grindhouse double feature of Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror and Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof, though Hobo appeared only in Canadian cinemas after it won a contest giving it the privilege to do so. Long story short, the fake trailer's director (Jason Eisener) was ultimately given $3 million to make a feature from that premise and this is the result.

This exploitation film, in case the title isn't descriptive enough, takes the Death Wish formula and puts it in hands of a homeless man played by Rutger Hauer »

- Kevin Blumeyer

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Review: Hobo with a Shotgun DVD

1 July 2011 8:23 AM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Studio: Magnolia | Director: Jason Eisner | Cast: Rutger Hauer, Gregory Smith, Milly Dunsworth, Brian Downey, Nick Bateman

Release Date: 7/5/2011 | Price: Blu-ray $29.98, 2-Disc DVD $29.98, DVD $26.98

Bonuses: commentary, featurettes, deleted scenes, alternate ending, interviews, video blogs, digital copy, more

Specs: R | 86 min. | Action crime thriller | 1.66:1 widescreen | DTS-hd Master Audio 5.1/Dolby Digital 5.1 | English and Spanish subtitles

Ratings (out of 5): Movie  | Audio  | Video  | Overall

 

As subtle as its title, Hobo with a Shotgun is an in-your-face orgy of Seventies/Eighties grindhouse exploitation elements that goes way over the line in terms of blood and gore and good taste. That said, it’s bound to find a large audience that can’t get enough of the sicko stuff.

Rutger Hauer is mad as hell and is not going to take it anymore in Hobo with a Shotgun.

Rutger Hauer (The Rite) plays the title character, an unnamed homeless fellow who leaps off a train »

- Irv

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Sydney Film Festival - Hobo with a Shotgun (2011)

14 June 2011 7:01 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Hobo with a Shotgun, 2011.

Directed by Jason Eisner.

Starring Rutger Hauer, Pasha Ebrahimi, Brian Downey, Molly Dunsworth and Rob Wells.

Synopsis:

Hobo (Rutger Hauer) comes into Hope ‘Scum’ Town on a freight train and after being disgusted by the Drake family and their murderous torture games, he decides to enact some vigilante justice with ... you guessed it - a Shotgun!

I’ll start this review by saying that I did watch this film at 9am so I may not have been as keen for violence…scratch that, exceptionally gratuitous and violence that trivialises brutally in a way that is disconcerting ... so early in the morning.

Hobo with a Shotgun began like Machete, as a trailer between the Quentin Tarantino /Robert Rodriguez Grindhouse features and due to the fan demand for a full-length feature this film was produced.

The film begins with the titular Hobo (Rutger Hauer) entering ‘Hope [Scum] Town’ which »

- flickeringmyth

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Film Review: Rutger Hauer Stars in Grindhouse Lunacy of ‘Hobo With a Shotgun’

6 May 2011 12:13 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Chicago – What do you expect from a movie called “Hobo With a Shotgun” (other than perhaps the most truthful title since “Snakes on a Plane”)? If you’re spending hard-earned money on a movie about a vengeful homeless person played by Rutger Hauer, you probably know what you’re in for. On those grindhouse terms, “Hobo With a Shotgun” totally works. It’s so far over-the-top that it makes “Machete” look believable, but that’s why it’s effective. Unlike so many movies you will see this season, “Hobo With a Shotgun” delivers.

Rutger Hauer plays the title character, a boxcar jumper who finds himself in the ironically-named “Hope Town,” a place that would make Gomorrah look like a lovely place for a summer vacation. Shortly after his arrival, our hero witnesses a horrific event in the center of town. The ringmaster of sin and chaos, The Drake (Brian Downey »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Hobo with a Shotgun | Review - SXSW Film 2011

6 May 2011 7:19 AM, PDT | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

Director: Jason Eisener Writers: Jason Eisener, John Davies, Rob Cotterill Starring: Rutger Hauer, Gregory Smith, Molly Dunsworth, Brian Downey, Nick Bateman I really did not want to pile onto the "I hate Hobo with a Shotgun" bandwagon, especially since Dave Campbell (Smells Like Screen Spirit's Editor-in-Chief) and I seem to be the only ones riding on it. (In case you missed it, here is Dave's review of Hobo with a Shotgun.) I typically do not read reviews of films before I write my own, but in this instance I read everything that has been published (to date) on IMDb.com and Rotten Tomatoes; and, I have to admit, I really do not understand why so many people are raving about it. And that, my friends, is the reason I want to explain why I hopped on this god-forsaken bandwagon in the first place... Hopping off a train -- because that »

- Don Simpson

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Hobo With A Shotgun Review

6 May 2011 5:20 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

[This review is a reprint of my review that ran during this year's Sundance Film Festival.  Hobo with a Shotgun blasts its way into Us theaters this weekend.] Sometimes, being insane in your filmmaking isn’t enough.  To make something special, a filmmaker requires a spark of creativity to light the flames of a madness explosion.  Hobo with a Shotgun is a Hiroshima of creative insanity.  Director Jason Eisener has not only paid homage to 70s exploitation films, he’s made a film that could easily have stood amongst it ranks.  Every time you think the movie can’t become any more crazy, any more grotesque, or any more disgusting, it takes out its penis and starts masturbating in public while raving about how cans of Progresso soup are running a shadow government. The film is based off a fake trailer Eisener made for the 2007 Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodrigues flick Grindhouse.  Expanded in to a feature film, the story centers on a hobo (Rutger Hauer) who has rode the rails to Hope Fuck Town, the unhappiest place on »

- Matt Goldberg

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Movie Review: Hobo with a Shotgun (2011)

5 May 2011 11:48 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Rutger Hauer in Hobo with a Shotgun

Photo: Magnet Releasing Hobo with a Shotgun is terrible, and for me to dedicate more than those six words to this review is to give it more than it deserves. But the unwritten rules say I have to be fair and make a case for my opinion, which in this case is fine since I have a few questions I think need to be asked.

This is the second film to come out of the fake trailer sector in recent years. Similar to Robert Rodriguez's Machete, Hobo with a Shotgun started as a result of the Quentin Tarantino and Rodriguez 2007 teaming, Grindhouse. Co-writer and director Jason Eisener's Hobo with a Shotgun fake trailer was the winner of a contest that saw his trailer played in front of screenings of Grindhouse in Canada. A year later Eisener became a mild online sensation »

- Brad Brevet

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Exclusive: Jason Eisener and Rob Cotterill Talk Hobo with a Shotgun and More

5 May 2011 6:22 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

It’s no secret that the story behind Hobo with a Shotgun’s four year journey to the big screen has been a remarkable one. In 2007, when Eisener won the Grindhouse faux trailer competition sponsored by Robert Rodriguez and the SXSW Film Festival, he was a relatively unknown Canadian filmmaker who put together his contest winning entry on a budget less than what many of us spend on groceries a week.

Now, Eisener and the feature film adaptation of his trailer of the same name are everywhere these days and for very good reason. Turns out that Eisener’s tale of a street urchin dishing up justice with a shotgun and a dream for safer streets in Hope Town has become a cultural landmark- all before the movie even bows in a limited theatrical release this Friday courtesy of Magnet Releasing.

Recently, Dread Central had the opportunity to talk with »

- thehorrorchick

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Exclusive: Jason Eisener Talks Hobo with a Shotgun

29 April 2011 12:17 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Rutger Hauer stars in this bloody spin-off about a vigilant yeg, in theaters May 6th

Hobo with a Shotgun, which spun-off from a trailer created for the theatrical release Grindhouse, is a gleefully gory shot of pure schlock, and one of the best times you will have at the movies this year. It's a shocking, funny, and downright dirty ode to The Toxic Avenger and Street Trash with a little bit of Robocop thrown in for good measure.

80s action icon Rutger Hauer stars as the title character, a train hopping yeg who stumbles into a corrupt town full of sodomizers, baby killers, and drug pushers. Disgusted with the nihilistic anarchy that surrounds his ever-waking moment, this Hobo with a Shotgun decides to take maters into his own hands and clean up the streets one shell casing at a time.

We recently caught up with director Jason Eisener, who makes »

- MovieWeb

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Hobo with a Shotgun (2011)

21 April 2011 5:32 PM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

Directed by: Jason Eisener

Written by: John Davies

Cast: Rutger Hauer, Brian Downey, Gregory Smith, Molly Dunsworth, Nick Bateman

Things are pretty bad in Hope Town.

The place is ruled by a violent sadist known as The Drake (Brian Downey), along with his two evil sons, Ivan (Nick Bateman) and Slick (Gregory Smith). The town is completely under their control, and the police utterly in their pocket. The streets are anarchy, violence reigns; murders, robberies, and rapes abound. Colloquially, the town has shrugged off its cheery name and is known on the street as 'Scum Town'.

Somehow this dreary location became the stopping off point for an old hobo (Rutger Hauer). Our hobo takes the train in - as hobos are wont to do - and begins his standard business of begging up some change. He soon has a nasty run-in with Drake's evil sons, and then makes good with Abby (Molly Dunsworth), a Hooker-with-a-Heart-of-Gold. »

- Tristan Sinns

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Contest: Win Hobo with a Shotgun Prizes

19 April 2011 11:16 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Hobo with a Shotgun, which stars Rutger Hauer as the title character, is currently available on video-on-demand formats before its debut in theaters on May 6. We certainly have to celebrate this new release, and we have a new contest lined up for our readers. We're giving away a theatrical poster signed by Rutger Hauer, a hat, Magnet Releasing t-shirt, and a beer coozie from this upcoming adventure. These prizes will certainly go fast, so enter this contest today.

Winners Receive:

Hobo with a Shotgun poster signed by Rutger HauerHobo with a Shotgun hatMagnet Releasing t-shirtHobo with a Shotgun beer coozie

Here's How To Win!

Just "Like" (fan) the MovieWeb Facebook page (below) and then leave a comment below telling us why these prizes must be yours!

If you already "Like" MovieWeb, just leave a comment below telling us why these prizes must be yours!

A train pulls into its final »

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Review: Hobo With A Shotgun

14 April 2011 5:11 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Plot: A hobo (Rutger Hauer) arrives in a town plagued with crime; which is ruled over by a crime lord named Drake (Brian Downey), and his two psychotic sons. Tired of the rampant crime, the titular hobo buys himself a used shotgun, and goes a-killin'. Review: It's finally here! I've been dying to see a full-length Hobo With A Shotgun feature ever since watching director Jason Eisener's fake trailer, that was good enough to win a place on the theatrical, and DVD copies of Grindhouse. »

- Chris Bumbray

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Hobo with a Shotgun | Review - SXSW Film 2011

14 April 2011 12:12 PM, PDT | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

irector: Jason Eisener Writers: Jason Eisener, John Davies, Rob Cotterill Starring: Rutger Hauer, Gregory Smith, Molly Dunsworth, Brian Downey, Nick Bateman Riding into town on an open freight car train (as all Hobos do), we meet our shotgun-less Hobo (Rutger Hauer) as he approaches a new town and a new beginning. Our nameless Hobo jumps from the freight car to explore his new city, hoping for better opportunity. But what he soon realizes is that he landed in a psychopath controlled urban nightmare. This city isn't bound by justice or the law, but rather a criminal kingpin named Drake (Brian Downey) who terrorizes the good and weak with his viciously evil sons, Ivan (Nick Bateman) and Slick (Gregory Smith). At first the Hobo just wants to stay off of the radar. He dreams of starting his clean new life as he gazes at a used lawn mower in a pawn shop window. »

- Dave Campbell

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Hobo With A Shotgun movie clip fires blanks.

4 April 2011 10:29 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Hauer's Hobo preaches to newborns in this cheesy clip Check out a clip from Hobo with a Shotgun, starring Rutger Hauer which some would enjoy and others would think a waste of 1 min 44 seconds of their time. The actioner which debuted at this year's Sundance Film Festival, also stars Gregory Smith, Robb Wells, Molly Dunsworth, Nick Bateman and Brian Downey. Plot: A train pulls into the station – it’s the end of the line. A Hobo jumps from a freight car, hoping for a fresh start in a new city. Instead, he finds himself trapped in an urban hell. This is a world where criminals rule the streets and Drake, the city’s crime boss, reigns supreme alongside his sadistic murderous sons, Slick & Ivan »

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Hobo With A Shotgun movie clip fires blanks.

4 April 2011 10:29 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Hauer's Hobo preaches to newborns in this cheesy clip Check out a clip from Hobo with a Shotgun, starring Rutger Hauer which some would enjoy and others would think a waste of 1 min 44 seconds of their time. The actioner which debuted at this year's Sundance Film Festival, also stars Gregory Smith, Robb Wells, Molly Dunsworth, Nick Bateman and Brian Downey. Plot: A train pulls into the station – it’s the end of the line. A Hobo jumps from a freight car, hoping for a fresh start in a new city. Instead, he finds himself trapped in an urban hell. This is a world where criminals rule the streets and Drake, the city’s crime boss, reigns supreme alongside his sadistic murderous sons, Slick & Ivan »

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