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"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe"

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | April 19, 2010 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | April 19, 2010 |

Back in the olden times of 2007, when Grindhouse was about to change everything we knew about film, there was a competition at SXSW for filmmakers to make their own Grindhouse style trailers, like the several that appeared at the start of the film. The winner of that contest was the trailer for Hobo With a Shotgun, which sounds like the sort of film idea that Homer Simpson would come up with down at Moe’s. Well, it turns out that Jason Eisener, the Nova Scotia comic book store employee who directed that trailer, is being given a shot to make it feature length. And he just landed Rutger Hauer to play the eponymous homeless gentleman.

Here’s the trailer:

See, this is the sort of thing that is immensely entertaining in a two minute block, but just is unimaginable as 90 minutes. Sure, it hasn’t stopped SNL’s film adaptation strategy over the last couple of decades, but that’s not exactly the model to strive for.

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