And here, in fine contrast to Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, is a cult picture that’s completely comfortable in its own skin. Originally designed as a short film for Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse, Hobo With a Shotgun is balls-to-the-wall, self-aware bloody pulp entertainment. It begins with a homeless man (Rutger Hauer) witnessing a particularly brutal decapitation: the film’s central villain, a certifiable madman by the name of Drake (played by a gleefully over-the-top Brian Downey), wraps a manhole cover around his brother’s head, drops him into said manhole, attaches the cover to a car, and orders the car to speed away. The gory mess that ensues includes Drake’s playgirls dancing in the spraying blood, which firmly establishes the tone: we’re in for an hour and a half of Kill Bill-esque stylized kills. Oh, there’s the typical underdog hero storyline, including the requisite girl—Hobo With a Shotgun reminds me most of Robocop, with the flying body parts, lunatic bad guy and his gang, and ultimate redemption—but really, this one’s all about bloody laughs and entertainment. Even the goofy dialogue feels right at home. Some may dismiss Hobo With a Shotgun as not worth the bother, but for those who want to check their minds at the door and enjoy a poor man’s QT picture, this is a terrific choice.

67/100