The first trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight dropped today offering viewers a first glimpse at what QT has in store for moviegoers the world over. “Got room for one more?”
Tarantino has also gone on record describing how this film and his influential debut feature, Reservoir Dogs have come full-circle:
“[It’s] a bunch of guys in a room who can’t trust each other. That wasn’t a marching order when I sat down to write the script, but pretty quickly I realized this is kind of a nice coming-full-circle.”
Judging from the trailer, that quote seems very apt. The set-up is already very reminiscent of Tarantino’s first film, and it’ll be exciting to see just how much his style has honed and strengthened since all those years. He’s very quickly become a director whose movies are just as beautiful (underrated at that ) visually as they are dense in narrative and conversation.
Tarantino has also mentioned that The Hateful Eight is inspired less by other films, but rather by TV Westerns like Bonanza, Gunsmoke, This Gun For Higher, and The High Chaparral. The contained setting certainly adheres more to a television aesthetic than the sprawling cross-county nature of his other Western, Django Unchained.
In addition to the trailer, there recently was a new poster showcasing John Ruth and Daisy Domergue, played by Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh. As the design suggests, this is the first of a set of posters that will inevitably include all eight characters in a collage.
Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight features a stellar ensemble cast led by Samuel L. Jackson as Major Marquis Warren, who’s joined by Kurt Russell as John “The Hangman” Ruth, and Jennifer Jason Leigh as Daisy Domergue, while the rest of the cast includes: Walton Goggins, Demian Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Bruce Dern as General Sanford Smithers. There will also be special appearances by the likes of Channing Tatum and Zoe Bell.
Here’s the official [brief] plot synopsis:
In post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception. Will they survive?
The Hateful Eight opens in limited release on Christmas Day and then everywhere on January 8, 2016. Make sure you see it in “glorious 70mm.”
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