dvd reviews

July 14, 2011 |

by Jared Curtis


'Hobo with a Shotgun'

Directed by Jason Eisener

Rated R, 86 minutes


Created after director Jason Eisener won a "Grindhouse" trailer competition, "Hobo with a Shotgun" lives up to its name as a no-holds-barred, gore fest about — you guessed it — a hobo with a shotgun. After arriving to town, a hobo (Rutger Hauer) discovers the streets are overflowing with thugs, pimps and crooked cops. After being beaten by the cops, the hobo is nursed back to health by a hooker (Molly Dunsworth). He then buys a shotgun and returns the favor, blasting holes in any evildoer he sees. "Hobo with a Shotgun" offers a campy, Troma vibe (especially "Class of Nuke 'Em High") but Hauer vigorously chews up scenery and brings a touch of reality to the overly violent film. Sure, this is a chaotic bloodbath (people are beheaded, a girl uses her broken bones to stab people), but certain audiences will cheer as the "Hobo with a Shotgun" delivers justice one shell at a time. CV


'Surviving the Game'

Directed by Ernest R. Dickerson

1994, Rated R, 96 minutes


Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to be hunted? That's the feeling Jack Mason (Ice-T) endures as he is tracked by a group of rich sportsmen in the mountains. Homeless, cold, hungry and ready to give up, Mason is approached by Walter Cole (Charles Dutton), who offers him a high-paying job on a hunting trip. But once he arrives, Mason realizes that he is the game they are hunting. He is given a small head start and soon after, the group — which includes Dutton, Rutger Hauer, John C. McGinley, F. Murray Abraham and Gary Busey (who tells an unsettling story about killing his childhood pet) — begin the hunt. Although they've hunted homeless people before, none of them has put up a fight like Mason, and soon, he's hunting them. "Surviving the Game" is an action-packed thriller that offers plenty of suspense until the credits roll. CV