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I honestly thought this day wouldn’t come for another month or so but the trailer to Quentin Tarantino’s eighth directorial effort, The Hateful Eight is finally here in all of its subtle glory. And no, it’s not the teaser from April or even the rumored Comic-Con trailer that showed up in July. Nope, it’s a full two minutes full of exposition and a small glimpse into the actual “Hateful Eight” played by Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth, Damian Bichir, Michael Madsen, Walton Goggins, and Bruce Dern. To think, Tarantino almost 86’d the whole thing.

Here’s a synopsis for The Hateful Eight just for you to get an idea of what’s about to take place.

In THE HATEFUL EIGHT, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob (Bichir), who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray (Roth), the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all…

As anyone who’s followed the film’s process knows, Tarantino shot the entire thing on 70 mm film and you can catch The Hateful Eight when it arrives in theaters on Christmas Day. I dare you to take a few prop bets as to how many times Samuel L. Jackson says “motherfucker” or how often you see Jennifer Jason Leigh look as if she’s spent her entire career getting the crap kicked out of her for desired effect.

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