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AICN Exclusive: The Winner Of The HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN Trailer Contest!

Nordling here.

HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN is currently playing on VOD, and will be released theatrically May 6th.  As HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN came to be due to a trailer contest by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, who knows what will happen to the winner of the contest that Jason Eisener and his team held for their film?  Well, the votes are in, and the decision by Jason, Joe Dante, Brian Trenchard-Smith, Katt Shea, and your votes has been made... but I'll let Jason tell it:

Even with the help our of guest judges Joe Dante, Brian Trenchard-Smith, Katt Shea and the online community, it was still a very difficult task to pick the winner of the Hobo with a Shotgun trailer Contest. So with all the votes in and the tally counted, we are very proud to announce that the winner is VAN GORE!

This trailer was Created by Keith Hodder, Peter Strauss and Jerrad Pulham - 

It was an amazing pleasure and honour to be able to put on this contest. We had over a hundred entries which were all very entertaining and well done. Back in 2007 Robert Rodriguez and SXSW teamed up to put on a fake trailer contest for the release of GRINDHOUSE; it was such a great opportunity for filmmakers to get out with their friends, get creative and show the world their skills as filmmakers.

We wanted to give the same opportunity to people that we had, and to encourage one and all to make films. So many filmmakers poured their heart and souls into these works and it shows. We want to thank and congratulate everyone who submitted their trailers, we saw so many amazing ideas. We'd love to see you all get the same chance that we did, and make your own feature films. If you're passionate about your ideas, I encourage you to push and fight for your dream. This contest has been a very inspiring experience, thanks again to all the filmmakers who submitted, everyone who watched the trailers, and the judges for helping us pick the winner.



Jason, John & Rob

Nordling, out.




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  • April 11, 2011, 6:16 a.m. CST


    by frenetik1

  • April 11, 2011, 6:29 a.m. CST

    Congratulations, burger king

    by Bobo_Vision

    I told you you'd go far, kid.

  • April 11, 2011, 6:35 a.m. CST

    This is an AICN exclusive?

    by D.Vader

    I wanna know, did AICN ever advertise this contest before the finalists were announced?

  • April 11, 2011, 7:18 a.m. CST


    by m_prevette

    Really, this won a contest? As a trailer, it doesn't really give any incentive to watch a full length film. What we have is just a series of kills done in that awful, already-a-horrible-cliche scratchy film grindhouse style. It doesn't work as satire or horror so please Lord, do not turn this into a feature.

  • April 11, 2011, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Ever seen Bucket of Blood by Roger Corman?

    by Tristan

    This is kinda like that.

  • April 11, 2011, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Bucket of Blood is fantastic

    by D.Vader

    Dig that crazy scene, man.

  • April 11, 2011, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Thanks to everyone!

    by Keith

    Hey folks, I'm one the co-directors and co-writers behind Van Gore and I can't thank you guys enough for your kind words and constructive criticism. I don't know where this will take us, but we are excited as hell and it all happened because of your support. Keep an eye out folks! We definitely have some plans.

  • April 11, 2011, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Great idea, well executed.

    by Righteous Brother

    A worthy winner. Very impressed! Well done guys!

  • April 11, 2011, 8:22 a.m. CST

    bit too much 'distressing' of the film...

    by billyhitchcock1

    ...otherwise fucking awesome!

  • April 11, 2011, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Saw HWAS This Weekend on Xbox

    by rxse7en

    Rented it before it was in the theater on the 360 this weekend. Good camp. Rutger was spot on, but the supporting cast was terrible. Way too much cursing for my sensitive ears. I've turned into a pussy.

  • April 11, 2011, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Aw shucks

    by BurgerKing

    You guys are too nice. Where's all the negative comments?? Seriously though, thanks everybody. This was a kickass movie to write and shoot, a feature would be lovely. You're all extras!

  • April 11, 2011, 9:47 a.m. CST


    by Datascream

  • April 11, 2011, 9:49 a.m. CST


    by Datascream

    god damn phone! How the fuck did that send?!

  • April 11, 2011, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Actually it's a direct steal from Color Me Blood Red.

    by cookylamoo

    But then, most of the other applicants were direct steals also.

  • April 11, 2011, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Awesome! Glad to see that this won, but each of the finalists were all worthy.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Yeah, and where is "Thanksgiving" anyway? "Dark meat. White meat. All will be carved..."

  • April 11, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Should have been 'Garbage Man'

    by ShogunMaster

    Check this out and tell me this wouldn't be a great full feature: