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Thursday, August 13, 2015

If Tarantino's THE HATEFUL EIGHT is Half as Badass as This Trailer...

Dear Gawd, I cannot wait to see this. Quentin Tarantino continues to revitalize the previously comatose western genre, as evident in his last film, Django Unchained. His upcoming drama, THE HATEFUL EIGHT, looks like another badass entry.

Here's a reminder of the premise:

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…

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Samuel L. Jackson and Tarantino go together like peanut butter and jelly. Kurt Russell, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth and Walton Goggins? Gold. And I am desperate to see how Jennifer Jason Leigh will fare in a Tarantino culture. Judging by the trailer, she looks like a natural fit. What do you think?

THE HATEFUL EIGHT blazes into limited theaters in 70mm on December 25th, opening nationwide January 8.


Daniel said...

Seriously can't wait for this, it's like QT has assembled his all star cast of actors.

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