A solitary stagecoach powers through a vast snowy landscape. It is stopped abruptly by an equally lonesome Samuel L Jackson. 'Got room for one more?' he asks, as a title emerges, informing us that this is indeed the 8th film by Quentin Tarantino, and we are watching its first trailer.
Kurt Russell's John Ruth 'The Hangman' is the one riding in the stagecoach. And he is transporting Daisy Domergue, who is 'wanted dead or alive, for murder', because as Samuel L Jackson's bounty hunter Major Marquis Warren informs us: 'They call him The Hangman. When the handbill says dead or alive, the rest of us just shoot you in the back up on top of a perch somewhere and bring you in dead over a saddle. But when John Ruth 'The Hangman' catches you, you hang.'
The merry company is then caught in the middle of a blizzard, which forces them to seek shelter at a haberdashery where we are introduced to the rest of the titular eight, who may or may not want a piece of the notorious prisoner.
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These characters, who would be at home nowhere in the world other than a Quentin Tarantino western kick into motion a plot of Tarantinoesque 'betrayal and deception.'Remeber those great Tarantino scenes where it's just a few people talking over a table? Honey Bunny and Pumpkin in Pulp Fiction, Michael Fassbender and the Nazis in Inglourious Basterds? This looks like those great scenes stretched to a feature length. Which in the hands of mortal men would sound dubious. But this is Tarantino we're talking about.
Sample the characters' names: Aside from the previously mentioned The Hangman and Major Marquis Warren we have men called The Confederate, The Mexican, The Prisoner, The Little Man, and most curiously, The Cow Puncher. This promises a Reservoir Dogs level of eccentricity, gathering all the great Tarantino actors in one place, each a silvertongued devil if there ever was one.
After its script was leaked a couple of years ago, Tarantino dropped the idea or making the movie. But he later changed his mind, thus proving the existence of movie gods.Another point worth mentioning is that the film has been shot by regular Tarantino cinematographer Robert Richardson in 'glorious 70 mm' in Ultra Panavision, which. aside from providing some stunning visuals, makes it the widest 70mm release in about 23 years. It will also feature an original score by Ennio Morricone, making it the legendary composer's first original western score in 40 years.
This is Quentin Tarantino working in a genre that he adores. He has been a longtime fan of the western, naming Sergio Leone as his favourite director and can be seen here openly aping the snow westerns of Sergio Corbucci, who he already ripped off/payed homage to in Django Unchained.
The Hateful Eight also stars Demian Bichir, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Bruce Dern, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Walton Goggins. Channing Tatum might cameo as well. It is expected in theatres this Christmas.
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