Sunday, August 21, 2011

Hobo With a Shotgun

It was a tale of two movies last night, though ultimately I only watched one all the way through. We had started off with Sucker Punch, as I didn't think I could go wrong with girls fighting ridiculous creatures with guns and swords. I found out that indeed, I could. I was bored to tears, even during the fight scenes and abandoned the movie after about 25 minutes, which is unusual. I mean, I sat through freaking Octaman. Anyhow, after that dismal choice of a film, I booted up Netflix and convinced the wife to watch Hobo with a Shotgun instead.

Now THAT was a fun flick.

Done in the style of the 70s/80s thriller exploitation flicks, Hobo with a Shotgun stars Rutger Hauer as the titular character who comes to Scumtown, where the Drake family rules with a deliriously crazy fist and murder people in the streets. Well, the Hobo has enough of that early on and due to some events that leave him beaten and scarred, decides to clean up the town with, well, a shotgun. And clean it up he does, as heads are blown off, chests are exploded and limbs are amputated with pump action fury.

And it has Stanley Tweedle in it. You know, the janitor/captain from Lexx? No? Well, go hunt that down if you want some additional lunacy. He turns in a great turn as Drake, who stages most of the murders in the town with the help of his sons, who are also maniacs. Hauer is fantastic as the Hobo, gruff, yet compassionate and also full of some righteous, rail-riding anger.

There's blood, guns, guts, boobs and more and it comes together well in this gleefully violent romp. I'd say out of the two movies I watched, this one actually delivers to the audience and keeps you wanting more. It might take a bit before the Hobo starts shotgunning people, but you're actually interested in his plight. Wish I could say the same for Babydoll and friends in Suckerpunch.

As I said on twitter, I should start up a Saturday Night Splatter tag, though I have enough trouble rocking out the movies on Friday, that to take the tv from my wife for two days in a row might get me in trouble.

Check it out.

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