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Hobo with a Shotgun (2011)

Yesterday, I had the luck of convincing a few friends to come see Hobo with a Shotgun at The Times Cinema in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I missed opening weekend because I was out at the Indy 500 on Memorial Day. Opening weekend received such a great response, that The Times brought it back for a second weekend. It was a dream come true. The only trouble was calling up a bunch of friends and begging them to come.

When walking in, I had no clue what to expect. I was more focused on the fact that we could get kicked out any second, not only because we were under-age (according to The Bible), but because my friends and I shoved a bunch of drinks and snacks from the gas station into two little bags. The Times Cinema showed some hilarious fake trailers, many I believe from the Tarantino/Rodriguez GRINDHOUSE Double Feature. They also showed the original fake trailer for Hobo with a Shotgun, which was a no-budget trailer contest entry at South by Southwest.

The film began with “the hobo”, played by Rutger Hauer (The Hitcher), arriving in his new city by train. After only a day of life on the streets, he realizes that he has arrived in the city of “F*** TOWN”, where the safest job is prostitution. While at the pawn shop to buy a lawnmower (49.99), Hauer is faced against a gang of robbers, and instead buys the shotgun (priced at 49.99). After a bad experience with the police, the hobo has to take the law into his own hands and kill off all of the corrupt citizens. I’d love to go further with the plot, but there’s really not much more to it. If you want to see it, you can see it.

Anyway, I LOVED it. It was by far the best (fake) “grindhouse” movie made with a decent budget (According to IMDb, an estimation of $3 million). From the first death to the last death, I don’t think I went 3 minutes without seeing some sort of major special effect involving blood. Most of the effects appeared to be practically done, which I absolutely love.

The ONLY part I didn’t like, and I mean ONLY… Is a scene where the two bad guys set fire to a bus of young children. I don’t care about how offensive this scene was, I just didn’t like how it was pulled off. The fire looked ridiculous and it showed the two guys’ faces while they were setting fire. You could see waves of fire in front of the guys’ faces and it just looked like Harry Potter-quality special effects. It tried to make them look too cool. I think if something offensive is happening in the movie, you may as well show it, because the entire audience could imagine what the bus probably looked like while it was burning.

Despite that corny scene, I’d have to say that this was a fun movie. No other words, just fun as hell! Go see it… especially now that it’s on video!

High Lane (2009)

Director: Abel Ferry

Writers: Jennifer Johanne Bernard, Louis-Paul Desanges

Cast: Fanny Valette, Johan Libéreau and Raphaël Lenglet

Rated: Not Rated

IMDBDVD | Trailer | Youtube Review

It seems the “new wave of French horror” is not the head turning phrase it once was just a few years ago. Many of the recent French horror films I have seen have been hard to watch. So having been disappointed multiple times in the past year I kept my expectations relatively low. High Lane was released on DVD in the United States on 02/08/11. It has been out in other countries since its original release in 2009. I gave this one a watch this past weekend.

Well the lack of discussion in the horror community should have been an indication of how this one played out. This is not really a bad film but it is nothing you have not seen before. It really reminded me of Wrong Turn in Croatia. No original kills and little gore to boot. Also, it was quite boring at times also.

The plot of this one is a group of 5 friends, who get their jollies from climbing mountains, decide to travel to Croatia to climb rocks and see a famously dangerous bridge. When they get there the trail is closed but they decide to push on and climb that sucker anyway. They get to the bridge and things take a turn for the worse. Some of them fall prey to traps set around the area. Eventually the kids start getting picked off one by one and they learn they are being stalked by a crazy hill person. The whole thing turns into a slasher a la Wrong Turn and you can imagine what happens from that point on.

The cinematography is one of the positive things about the film. The shots in the beginning of the film when they are climbing look great. I can only imagine how that would look on Blu-ray. Also, the acting is not too bad. Some of the characters were kind of annoying at times but I guess that is the purpose in the first place. The gore effects are few but well done when present. And finally, I did really enjoy the ending. Nothing like I expected.

All in all I would recommend skipping this one unless you just really like creepy mountain mutant movies. This one pales in comparison to most of the well known French horror films of the past 10 years.