Rutger Hauer IS a hobo with, y’know… a shotgun!

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Directed by Jason Eisener
Starring Rutger Hauer, Brian Downey

Like Machete, Jason Eisener’s homage to exploitation started life as a fake trailer for Tarantino and Rodriguez’ Grindhouse.

Expanding a knowing two-minute fanboy gag into a knowing 90-minute fanboy gag could have been disastrously smug, but for one thing.

he movie stars 67-year-old Rutger Hauer, giving a performance that will thrill all who cherish The Hitcher, and remind us what a great screen presence he can be.

Rutger is a quiet soul, drifting into town with dreams of saving enough money to buy a lawnmower.

But when he realises the place is filled with abusive scum run by a sadistic tycoon (Brian Downey), he buys a shotgun instead, and kills everyone.

Along the way, this involves a kiddie-fiddling Santa, topless women with baseball bats and a giant octopus.

All the more remarkable, then, that, blasting through the shlock and scuzz, Hauer manages to be weirdly, grandly, moving.

His best since the Guinness ads.

Damien Love