HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN is approaching the final stop on the publicity-rails as it’s DVD/BluRay release is this Tuesday, July the 5th! Rejoice!

Check out that badass pop-up cover (above) found in the HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN BluRay. I challenge anyone to find another actor with 2 minutes of screen time more prominently featured in such an extensive advertising campaign. That’s talent.

The DVD/BluRay will be released all across the great expanse of North America, so save up your nickels and dimes and run out this Tuesday to pick up this ridiculously packed package.

Magnet Releasing (obviously along with Eisener, Cotterill & Davies) really must be commended for putting together such a solid disc featuring…

  • MORE BLOOD, MORE HEART, the fantastic, in-depth making-of featurette, which I had the pleasure of viewing a rough cut of. You really need to see it. So well done.
  • An interview with Jason, Rutger and Fangoria’s Mike Gingold (35-40 mins).
  • Two commentary tracks (which I can’t wait to hear): (1) Jason Eisener & Rutger Hauer, & (2) Jason Eisener, John Davies, Rob Cotterill, and the original Hobo, the immortal Dave Brunt!
  • Deleted scenes, an alternate ending, & video blogs.
  • The fake-trailer contest winner, the exquisite VAN GORE from Keith Hodder, Jerrad Pulham & Peter Strauss.
  • Shotgun-Mode (which I believe is exclusive to the BluRay) where even more behind-the-scenes footage is revealed as you’re watching the film.
J. Hurtado over at my personal favourite film-news website, TwitchFilm wrote a review for the HOBO BluRay wherein he says…
This is a massive and mighty package for an explosive film that deserves all the attention it can get.  Jason Eisener is a major emerging talent, and he really deserves a lot of credit, along with his crew, for making an outstanding film that captures the spirit of a bygone era of film making without becoming cloying or nudging the audience too hard to acknowledge the joke.  This is no joke.  Magnet Releasing’s Blu-ray release of Hobo with a Shotgun is HIGHLY REOMMENDED.
Pick it up this Tuesday!
PS. Happy Canada Day!



As I’m sure many of you already know, HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN is opening in Canadian cinemas in 3 week’s time on March 25th! The film is continuing it’s festival run (Eisener took his pants off during the intro in Glasgow for some reason), and will play later on this month in Austin, Texas as part of the uber-everything fest, SXSW. Following the 25th, the film will be available On Demand April 1st, and hits United States’ cinemas on May 6th. Fun! The official HWAS webpage is now live @ http://www.magnetreleasing.com/hobowithashotgun/

In other HOBO news, Mr. Zan Rosborough has uploaded the video he shot of our venture down south to Sundance, where you can see our exploits, including our venture into the Playboy Lounge (that’s where Utah keeps their scantily clad women). View @ http://vimeo.com/20317896

A few days ago, a bunch of internet-bloggers picked up THE CORRIDOR‘s trailer. One of my favourite movie-blogs, TwitchFilm wrote about their excitement for the film (Todd Brown specifically), so that’s pretty damn cool if I may say so. Somebody get this bastard a screener! Check out the article: http://twitchfilm.com/news/2011/03/what-horrors-lie-down-the-corridor.php

My ladyfriend Kristin Slaney recently starred in Journeyman Films’ advertisement for the Nova Scotia Business initiative to bring video game developers to Nova Scotia…

She’s fairly enticing, yes?

As if one film from Halifax conquering Hollywood wasn’t enough, Joseph Kahn‘s DETENTION is poised to do some conquering of it’s own. Shot in LA, I don’t think it can be considered a Halifax production whatsoever, but the film’s writer Mr. Mark Palermo is as Nova Scotian as they come (he’ll probably overanalyze & interpret that as an insult). The film will be joining HOBO in Austin later this month for it’s world premiere at SXSW! Check out the trailer over @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UkdZd_muq4 Fun, right?

And lastly but not leastly, I spent another day working with the wonderful students at Toronto Film School (the people who shot the Greendustries commercial I was in) filming a music video. I’ll post it when it’s available, but until then, just know that I wore a novelty mustache ala Daniel Day Lewis (in either GANGS OF NEW YORK or THERE WILL BE BLOOD, take your pick).

And exhale.


Author: Glen Matthews
January 29th, 2011 – 12:52pm

Hello blog, the last time we spoke I was half-way through my return home and developing a bit of a nasty cough. Well that cough then developed into a nasty flu. And that flu developed into an intense depression over the fact that I’m not in Park City with a bunch of awesome people any more. Seriously. It’s like camp is over.

Although I’m happy to report that my cough, and flu symptoms have passed, I’m still going through a little bit of Sundance withdrawal. Actually, myself and Kevin A. Fraser (HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN‘s behind-the-scenes-documentary director) are checking out Denis Villeneuve‘s INCENDIES today, the Canadian film playing at Sundance that has just been nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

Despite the sickness, this trip down to Sundance was even better than last time (although I did manage to get shingles last time). There’s something truly magical about it. Almost everyone you encounter has a film in Sundance, either that they directed, wrote, acted, or picked up garbage for. And although my part in Hobo was not a huge one (ET Canada did not request an interview with me at the time of this blog-post), I had an immense pride in the project; being able to say I was there from stage one, and also to see something from Nova Scotia grow into such a true force, something that is officially a part of pop culture, that is really terrific to witness.

First TRAILER PARK BOYS, now HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN: I’m glad that we Nova Scotians are at the forefront of making the rest of the world think Canadians are fucked.

One thing that hasn’t been touched on much on the blog, was the night that we checked out the protest of Kevin Smith‘s RED STATE by the Wesboro Baptist Church (GodHatesFags.com). Much the same as shark attacks, nuclear power-plant meltdowns, and other mind-blowing events, the Westboro Baptist Church’s methods of protest were so extreme that we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to view something that (like it or not) is so chock-full of shock-value.

We were not let down.

My favourite sign was definitely a toss-up between “GOD HATES YOUR FEELINGS” and “FAG ENABLER”. I would buy a t-shirt of either or those.

Just when the novelty started to wear-off and the horror started to set-in, Kevin Smith came outside surrounded by fans and papparazzi. We were standing right in his path, and thus we were standing in the papparazzi’s path. It was fascinating to experience the physical rush of a crowd of papparazzi as they surround their target. It was violent, it was quick, it was desperate. Like a damned feeding frenzy!

Christ. Not gonna lie. Wish they would have protested Hobo.

Last but not least, check out HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN on Entertainment Tonight Canada! BLUTS!
Vodpod videos no longer available.

Anyways, this is my last entry on the blog in regards to Sundance ’11. Thank you all so much for following along with our adventures here on the blog, it was a true honour to represent this movie, and Nova Scotia, and Canada on one of the greatest stages of them all! Thank you.

PS. I’m told that there are still a couple of folks who have blog entries to chuck up on here, so stay tuned for that!


Author: Glen Matthews
January 25th, 2011 – 8:52am

Fare thee well, Park City! We’re all packing up our things and headed back to our respective homes up north within the hour. My travels are estimated to take me on the road (and in the air) for 29 hours. Again, this is what you get when you combine all of the most-affordable options. Cheap bastard.

Although we’re leaving town, we still have a few blog updates to post (notably: our encounter with the Westboro Baptist Church at the premiere of RED STATE), so there will be some goodness coming up in the next few days.

Celebrity encounter update: Adrian Grenier, Michael Rapaport & James Cromwell. Solid.

That’s all for now, we have a plane to catch, so please enjoy this amazing story from the New York Times…

Tommy Lee is dying to see a certain movie at Sundance — only problem is, he can’t remember its name. The Motley Crue drummer, perhaps more famous for his sex tape with Pamela Anderson and what it revealed about his physique, told us at the House of Hype lounge: “I heard about some crazy movie I want to see about some clown with a gun. Some crazy clown just goes berserk on everything with a shotgun.” Although he couldn’t recall the title, “It sounds like something I need to see.” We think he meant “Hobo With a Shotgun,” about a homeless man who becomes a violent vigilante.


Hey Canada, where’s our damn parade!


Look Ma’, I’m on a poster! For the first time in my career, I’ve made it onto the poster of a feature length film (baby steps), HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN. That’s me in the  top right sporting the yellow balaclava (you’ll have to take my word for it), along with fellow gang-member Zach Tovey (owner of Pro Skates).

She’s a beaut’, isn’t she?

HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN premieres in six days in Park City, Utah as part of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival! In five days, I will be touching down in Utah to take part in the fest. Check back on the 2oth for frequent updates from myself and other members of the Hobo posse!

Credit: First Showing