Archive for April 12, 2011

Hobo with a Shotgun

Next time you pass a hobo on the street, think twice before you refuse to part with your change, he might have a shotgun.

You may or may not be familiar with Planet Terror and Death Proof, which were part of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse production.  Before the films were played in theatres, fake trailers were shown; these trailers were also included on the DVD release.  Hobo with a Shotgun is the second of the fake trailers to be made into a full movie, the first being Machete; which came out last year.

Unlike the other fake trailers, Hobo with a Shotgun was not made by an established director.  It was actually the winning entry in a competition to have your fake trailer appear before the Grindhouse films.  The trailer was made by Jason Eisener, John Davies and Rob Cotterill, who decided to put their own money into the project and create the movie.

The story follows a hobo who, after arriving in a new town full of corruption, decides to take matters into his own hands.  He trades in the change, which he got from begging, and buys a shotgun.  He then hands out justice, one shell at a time.

I don’t know if it’s possible to fall in love with a movie, but I think I’m coming pretty close with this one.  It’s nice to see a movie that was made because the creators really care about it.  That’s something that is present in Indy movies, but is often missing in Hollywood films, which are sometimes just out to make money.  Independent films don’t usually make a lot of money; some don’t even make their budget back. 

Eisener spoke out against the illegal downloading of his movie, by leaving a comment on The Pirate Bay website.  In the comment he asked people not to steal his movie.  Site users argued that if they like the movie they will buy it they just need to ‘test drive’ it first.  Do you agree?  The movie should be shooting its way to a cinema near you soon, May 6th in America and the 22nd of July in Ireland and the UK.

Below I’ve put both the fake trailer and the trailer for the actually movie.  The actor who played the hobo in the fake trailer plays a cop in the real movie.  Isn’t it funny how people move up in the world?

What do you think?  Is it okay to ‘test drive’ a film for free online before you buy it?  Are you suddenly a little afraid of hobos aka do you have hobophobia?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.

Fake Trailer

Real Trailer