On our last night at the South by Southwest Film Festival, we finally got to experience a movie that we’d been waiting to see for almost a year now – Jason Eisener’s brilliant balls-out Grindhouse flick Hobo With a Shotgun, and we certainly weren’t disappointed by the chance to indulge in some “justice…one shell at a time.”
Right after the film enjoyed its SXSW premiere, Dread Central had the opportunity to chat with writer/director Eisener to see how surreal the whole Hobo experience has been for him over the last few years, his experiences making the soon-to-be cult classic, and what’s next for the up-and-coming director, including his own faux trailer competition that is currently running through March 31st.
For those who may not be aware of Hobo With a Shotgun‘s roots, it all started back in 2007 during that year’s SXSW when Eisener won the Robert Rodriguez/Quentin Tarantino Grindhouse faux trailer competition with his idea for a justice-loving, gun-toting street urchin who takes on a vicious crime lord in order to bring peace to a small town.
Check out our interview with Eisener (who, you’ll notice, is proudly hanging out next to an arcade game version of his flick, which also premiered during the festival in Austin), and for all things Hobo related, you can check out the official Hobo With a Shotgun website here.
Hobo With a Shotgun (review here) debuts on VOD on April 1st and will be hitting limited theaters on May 6th courtesy of Magnet Releasing.
A train pulls into its final station, and a Hobo hops from a freight car. He has dreams of a fresh life in a new city but finds himself trapped in an urban hell instead. A city where criminals rule the streets, landlords evict single mothers in the middle of the night, and where the city’s crime boss, The Drake, reigns supreme with his sadistic, homeless-killing sons, Slick & Ivan. Through the chaos the Hobo comes across a shop window displaying a second-hand lawnmower and a shotgun, and he decides it’s time to cut the grass, make the city beautiful, and start a new way of life. But after witnessing the brutality that encompasses this city, he realizes the only way to make a difference in this place is with a gun in his hand and two shells in its chamber.