Well, with courtesy from FearNet us grindhouse/horror fans have been given a small taste of what Hobo With a Shotgun looks like. The original trailer was used as a device to promote Rodriguez and Tarantino’s Grindhouse and was featured in the film but only in Canada and Austin, TX. I had to catch the trailer on YouTube and I thought it was flawless. I believe the people who made the original Hobo With A Shotgun trailer also did Treevenge. You can visit Jason Eisner’s YouTube page here.
Now lets talk about the Grindhouse trailer for Hobo. As I said before, the trailer is flawless and features David Brunt as a hobo who decides to take the law into his own hands “one shell at a time.” So, I guess it’s sort of like a revenge exploitation movie. I guess you can also say its like Taxi Driver in the sense that a normal homeless man was pushed to the edge after seeing society crumble around him. Near the end of the trailer it goes from exploitation to absurdity and I loved it. There are scenes in the trailer where I am left asking myself, ‘How did it come to that?’ or ‘What the hell are they doing?’ It was a shame I couldn’t see this on the big screen.
The official trailer for the feature length film is a little different. Here David Brunt is replaced by Rutger Hauer (from The Hitchhiker), who looks like he could pull the off the role. The trailer starts off with Hauer, as the hobo, creepily talking to a baby in a nursery wishing that he or she becomes something and doesn’t have to end up living a life of violence. It’s eerie, scary and meaningful. It’s intercut with sick, demented, twisted and surreal images of violence and it’s alarming. Again, like the original trailer… once Hauer’s speech is done it descends into a nightmare of absurdity. However, this film looks like it could be an homage to great apocalyptic films like Road Warriors, Mad Max or even Robocop. This could be a movie that pushes a message about our society and how violence has become the norm almost. It looks like it’s post-apocalyptic but it’s not… it’s set in modern times. The funny thing is, the background to the scenes I wondered about from the first trailer seem more absurd than that scenes themselves.
All I can say is that I am ready for this movie.