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Hobo With A Shotgun - Stunning Retro Poster
By James Whittington, Thursday 23rd June 2011
Hobo With A Shotgun PosterIt began as an award winning "fake" Grindhouse trailer and became an internet sensation via YouTube. Now, Hobo With A Shotgun, director Jason Eisener's affectionate and remarkably authentic tribute to the exploitation movies of the 1970s and 80s, is a full-on, no-holds-barred, kick-ass movie that will hit selected cinemas from July15th thanks to Momentum Pictures. And for all you lovely people here’s the brand new poster designed by Tom Hodge.

Tom Hodge, aka The Dude Designs, is one of several British artists (others include Graham Humphreys and Rick Melton) at the forefront of what appears to be a welcome revival in the lost art of creating original painted, illustrated and hand-crafted images for movie posters and DVD sleeves instead of following the sometimes spiritless digital photocomposition route which has become the industry norm. As well as creating the theatrical poster for Hobo With A Shotgun, Tom has recently completed poster artwork for Troma’s Father’s Day and director Ti West’s The Inkeepers as well as brand-new DVD/Blu-ray sleeve artwork for Brian De Palma’s classic thriller Obsession and for 80s cult faves Vamp and Savage Streets.

According to Tom: “My aim with my design and illustration work is to bring back the lost magic of the video cover and poster art; to paint, illustrate and hand assemble images which have ‘personality’ more than pixel perfection [and] invoke those memories and emotions you used to get when you held a video box in your hand or stared at an illustrated movie poster; to create iconic images and to capture that style and excitement which first inspired me.”

Hobo With A Shotgun stars Rutger Hauer in the title role and inspired by exploitation classics such as Street Trash and The Exterminator amongst others, Hobo With A Shotgun apparently goes one better than recent homages to the genre such as Machete and Drive Angry.

When an ageing Hobo (Hauer) jumps from a freight car in a new city hoping for a fresh start in life, he soon realizes he has well and truly reached the end of the line. He finds himself trapped in an urban hell, an anarchic world overrun by murderers, rapists, paedophiles, petty crooks, prostitutes and corrupt cops. Reigning supreme over them all is the city’s crime boss, Drake (Brian Downey), and his two insanely sadistic sons, Slick (Gregory Smith) and Ivan (Nick Bateman). All the Hobo wants is to be able to afford to buy a second-hand lawn mower from the local pawnshop, start his own small business and make the city a more beautiful place. But a run-in with Slick and Ivan while trying to rescue pretty hooker-in-distress Abby (Molly Dunsworth) changes all that. Pushed beyond his limits, he decides to arm himself and go about changing things in an entirely different way to mowing lawns.


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