Have you ever wondered what a film that follows bounty hunters getting caught in blizzard together in post-Civil War Wyoming would look like? How about when such a story is directed by Quentin Tarantino? Well here’s your chance. Tarantino’s eighth film, titled The Hateful Eight, is an all-out western story of betrayal and deception and it now has its first full trailer!
From the opening moment to the closing frame, it’s damn near impossible to watch this trailer without any kind of excitement or giddy feeling. Tarantino proved that he could not only tackle, but excel at the western genre with 2012s Django Unchained (even though I wasn’t as high on it as others). Now he moves on to something much more bigger yet still personal with The Hateful Eight, and following its first trailer, it’s never looked more promising.
Tarantino is a one-of-a-kind director, one in a generation really. He doesn’t go for any giant blockbuster films or franchises, it’s always on his terms. He takes years to write his won material and it’s paid off enormously. From the moment his first film hit the screen, his name was on the spotlight list. And although there are years between his films, it has always been worth the wait.
In the beginning of the year, I put The Hateful Eight very high up on my most anticipated list of 2015, marking in at five. At the time that was without seeing any kind of footage or even images of the project, that’s just how special Tarantino’s films are, they are more of events instead of movies. And now that we finally get our first look at actually footage, without a doubt it deserves that spot. It looks absolutely glorious, in every way possible. Catchy dialogue, an incredible cast with fantastic looking performances, and Tarantino’s style and use of 65mm lensing is just flat-out beautiful. I’m crossing my fingers I’ll get the chance to see the exclusive 70mm version on Christmas Day. But sadly if I’m not able to, I’ll be counting down the days until its wide release.
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…
The Hateful Eight opens limitedly on December 25th, 2015 and everywhere on January 8th, 2016. Directed by Quentin Tarantino starring Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Demian Bichir, Bruce Dern, and Channing Tatum.