Hobo With a Shotgun Takes Top Spot ...

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Don't mess with Canada. That's what I say. Especially not those East Coast boys. They've got a reputation for being all hospitable and all, but turn your back on them for a second and they'll kick your ass right hard. Heh.

Robert Rodriguez has picked the winners of the SXSW faux-Grindhouse movie trailer contest and at the top of the heap is Hobo With a Shotgun, a film shot with the particpation of a few of the Trailer Park Boys lads. Right choice? I sure as hell think so.


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Other finalists at Aint it Cool.

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Kurt HalfyardMarch 13, 2007 2:34 AM

Sweet. Everyone that I know gets a chuckle out of this film while digging on it's intentional cheapness.

I'm going to sleep in your bloody carcasses tonite!

evergreenMarch 13, 2007 3:12 AM

Give me the goddamn passcodes!

KezaMarch 13, 2007 3:40 AM

Hobo with a Shotgun is brilliant. I'm glad it won.

Adam LopezMarch 13, 2007 2:14 PM

Awesome win, I echo! Now when are they making the feature?

rodneyMarch 14, 2007 12:08 PM

What logboy fails to acknowledge is that the original trailers, which these faux ones are replicating, were specifically designed to distill "certain moments and elements in films work" into a 3-5 minute pitch that would get an audience interested in seeing a movie. In fact, these 3-5 minute distillations usually featured the only elements in the actual movies that were interesting. I think "Hobo With A Shotgun" accurately captures what is interesting about many older exploitation trailers and this does not necessarily have anything to do with the actual films.

logboyMarch 14, 2007 5:03 PM

these faux trailers arent directly replicating any for existing films, they're taking elements of a film someone can recognise as being part of the overall picture and, by isolating or distilling them into a shorter time frame, distorting both the nature of what a trailer does and what any given film they might be connected to is about - its easy to give a short list of a films elements, but the truth is that strange films often reduce easily but are fully described (and recreated, or taken as influence) in far less easy a fashion.

this is a key part of twitch : to give genuine acknowledgement to films that, on the surface, may well be easy to boil down to a few given elements and easy to cheapen or distort the true nature of considering they're often commercial films viewed out of time & place or simply badly promoted and this often leads to treatment of these films in simplistic terms - worst of all as novelty, as trash cinema, as oddities to give no complete consideration to, which avoids the unnatural and undesirable attitudes towards oddness and different approaches which suggests anything not within that realm is to be given true or complete consideration and anything within it only has little to offer.

now, in order to do a faux trailer or a film inspired by odd films, genre films, exploitation films, grindhouse films, it's necessary to be able to get a greater sense of the far bigger picture then distill it down - almost like making an entire movie in your mind and cutting the trailer from that, then shooting it - in order to not over-simplify what different approaches are about; that variety is the spice of life, that different countries do different things with genuine cause, and so on...

far more important though is to not give a false impression of what films that these trailers and 'inspired by' movies might involve, in order that they're true stop-off points from which an audience might be charmed into seeing older examples of similar content.

joeMarch 15, 2007 7:46 AM

the contrast between the awesomeness of that trailer and the pedantic blah blah with all due respect, blah blah distillation pseudointellectual nonsense is hilarious

KeddyApril 14, 2007 8:58 PM

I don't know if you are looking at this with the full picture in mind. This was intended to be a faux trailer. And it is. These guys did just that, and did it good. I went to film school with Jason and John. These two guys were all about the whole Zombie and Horror genre, and I helped and and worked with them on some projects. They are some smart fellas and know what they want. I am personally glad to see that they are doing something related to the film business. And the fact that the winning trailer came from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia is beautiful.

I guess what I'm tring to say is dont hate on them for what they made. It is exactally what they were aiming to make. And they did it well too.