Hobo with a Trash Can (2015) Film Review: A Brave Low-budget Indie Anthology Film

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‘Hobo with A Trash Can’, is an independent low-budget anthology film with a twist: each of the participating filmmakers were given a budget of $1 and assigned a specific item of trash to create a short film that ties in to the narrative wraparound. This new anthology from Bloody Brit Productions features directors Claire “Fluff” Llewellyn, Christopher Kahler, Steven A. Grainger, Lloyd Emmons & Kyle Leonard, Mark Adams, Tonjia Atomic, and Vincent Marshall. Needless to say, there is a lot going on in this film. There are elements of horror, sci-fi, comedy, and drama that make ‘Hobo with A Trash Can’ a unique and unusual experience.

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I found myself instantly intrigued by the idea of this film. I am becoming more and more interested in how films get made within certain budget restrictions. It truly enhances the impressiveness of a low-budget film when you find how just how low their budget was. With this being said, I did find myself struggling a little through the first third of the film. It was a little hard to get a grip on what was going on. I was not distracted by the lack of budget or acting, but by what seemed like a pacing issue. I gave it a chance though, and you should too, because it really picked up. As the characters and sub-plots started to come together, I found that it all began to fit nicely. So as the continuity came together, so did my attention span.

This is a good film to know about, because if you are on this site it is because you are looking for something different. If you are here, you are looking for films that aren’t floating around in pop culture land. So I suggest you take a look at this film. It takes elements from your ABC’s of Death type anthology films and bigger budget films like Hobo with a Shotgun. Then they mix in the fearless ideas of true independent filmmakers. As I said, take a look at the way film progresses. At first, I was just watching it as an interesting concept piece. I then became more and more intrigued at how they were going to use the pieces of trash to impact the film’s storyline. The trash included everything from common toys, to household goods, to a used condom. So you can see, some brave decisions needed to be made during the filming of this movie. It is the fearlessness of the indie filmmaker that has restored my faith in horror after all; and, this film is a prime example of what can be done with a filmmaker’s determination and artistic vision.

So although this isn’t the extreme splatter-fest that our regular reader’s may be used to hearing about on this site; it is still going to fun for them. It is also going to be fun for the reader who is looking for something new. This is a site that supports indie film, and most of the readers do as well. Therefore, I believe this film’s mixture of horror and sci-fi, with its cool retro tone will bring in a wide array of viewers.

To follow the company responsible for this film, check out Bloody Brit Productions on Facebook.

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