‘The Hateful Eight’ Follows Tarantino’s Spaghetti Western Quest

One of the many pleasures behind watching The Hateful Eight trailer lies in seeing director Quentin Tarantino’s ever-ready ensemble (Tim Roth, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell) ready to play once again in the filmmaker’s ever expanding sandbox. Joining the guys for QT’s latest Western is Jennifer Jason Leigh who isn’t afraid of a little danger, as witnessed in Kansas City and Single White Female.

Jennifer Jason Leigh in THE HATEFUL EIGHT (Weinstein Company)
Jennifer Jason Leigh in THE HATEFUL EIGHT (Weinstein Company)

The story centers on Major Marquis Warren (Jackson) a former union soldier and current freelancing gunman who joins fellow bounty hunter John Ruth (Russell) and soon to be hanged fugitive Daisy Domergue (Leigh) through an unforgiving Wyoming landscape.

A blizzard impedes their travels to the town of Red Rock, and they seek temporary refuge in Minnie’s Haberdashery. Bounty hunters and outlaws stranded in a remote location make for strange bedfellows, and one would assume a bunch of these good-for-nothings will find themselves behind the wrong end of a bullet.

Quentin Tarantino’s passion for Sergio Leone (Once Upon a Time in The West) and Spaghetti Westerns is well documented, but the claustrophobic confines that make up part of The Hateful Eight’s universe seems to also be inspired by Tarantino’s earlier work Reservoir Dogs. 

Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bruce Dern in "The Hateful Eight" - (Weinstein Company)
Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bruce Dern in “The Hateful Eight” – (Weinstein Company)

Director of photography Robert Richardson’s talents will also be in full display, as the movie premieres in select 70mm theaters on Christmas before its nationwide release on January 18, 2016.

What’s your favorite Quentin Tarantino film? Does he do the Western genre justice? Check out the trailer below and feel free to comment!

Also, if you’re wondering about the opening musical strains behind The Hateful Eight trailer, it’s a song that’s featured on the Blakroc album:

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Greg Srisavasdi

Editor/Owner of Find Your Seen and Deepest Dream, I'm also a BFCA member and editor of Hollywood Outbreak. I also do a weekly movie review podcast called CinemAddicts. BFCA member, Clippers and UCLA Bruins lifer!!

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