Dark Crime Comedy On Hulu Goes Way Past R-Rated

By TeeJay Small | Updated

Every now and then a movie comes along that gets you excited, horrified, and maybe makes you throw up in your mouth a little bit from the sheer amount of campy over-the-top violence. For my money, 2011’s Hobo With A Shotgun is one of the all-time greats in this space, offering some of the wildest cinematic moments ever committed to the screen. The film, which has an incredible production backstory and absolutely no rating from the MPAA, is currently streaming on Hulu, for those interested in engaging in some hardcore debauchery this Summer.

Started As A Fake Trailer

Hobo With a Shotgun

Hobo With A Shotgun was written by John Davies and directed by Jason Eisener. The duo would later go on to collaborate on a number of exciting projects, including one particularly memorable segment in 2013’s V/H/S/2. Long before the film came to fruition, the duo crafted a fake trailer for Hobo With A Shotgun as part of a promotional contest for Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s double feature Grindhouse special, which included feature films Planet Terror and Death Proof, with a collection of absurd over-the-top trailers interspersed between them.

Expanded On Ridiculous Premise

Hobo With a Shotgun

The Grindhouse contest gave way to many successful ventures, with several entries eventually becoming feature-length films in their own right. These features include 2010’s Machete, 2023’s Thanksgiving, and of course, Hobo With A Shotgun. The film features performances from Rutger Hauer, Robb Wells, Brian Downey, Nick Bateman, Gregory Smith, and The Haunting of Bly Manor‘s Pasha Ebrahimi.

The Title Leaves Very Little Room For Interpretation

Hobo With a Shotgun

I won’t get too deep into the narrative of Hobo With A Shotgun here, because the film is really best experienced as fresh as possible, so if you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favor and don’t google it beforehand.

Having said that, the film centers on an unnamed hobo who arrives in a run-down slum called Hope Town, which is controlled by a ruthless gang leader known as The Drake. At first, the Hobo simply wishes to keep to himself and avoid conflict, though he quickly becomes engrossed in a John Wick-style revenge plot, after witnessing The Drake’s gang members attacking random homeless men on the streets.

Modern Grindhouse Done Right

Hobo With a Shotgun

As the film carries on, Hobo With A Shotgun offers some of the best campy violence ever shot, complete with tons of practical effects that display some real dedicated craftsmanship from the filmmakers involved. The film also retains the grainy, re-colored look of classic 1970s Grindhouse cinema, which is also present in Planet Terror and Death Proof. This was accomplished with digital after effects, as the film was shot entirely on a high-end digital Red Epic camera.

A Campy And Chaotic Good Time

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If you’re a fan of chaotic, off-the-walls violence and some visually stunning action set-pieces, Hobo With A Shotgun is the film for you. Hobo With A Shotgun is currently streaming on Hulu, for anyone feeling bold enough to give the all-out slug-fest a spin over the summer.

Just be sure to pop out to your local convenience store, purchase a few snacks and a couple of cap guns before hosting a viewing party, and as always, drop a few spare bucks in the cup of a local homeless man if you can afford to pay it forward.