'Hateful Eight' Trailer Offers Compelling Evidence That Quentin Tarantino Is At His Best — VIDEO
From Pulp Fiction to Kill Bill, I've always been a Quentin Tarantino fan. He is one of the quintessential auteur directors of our time. Avid moviegoers are able to quickly recognize his films because they have his stamp all over them. Therefore, when Tarantino's script for The Hateful Eight leaked in 2014, and he decided to abandon the project, I was deeply sadden. Luckily, the filmmaker's passion for the movie persevered, and the film is coming to the big screen with a fantastic ensemble casts that is reminiscent of all of Tarantino's wonderful work. On Wednesday, the Hateful Eight trailer finally dropped, and it's everything we could have asked for and more.
The Hateful Eight is a western set in the years following the Civil War. The film follows a bounty hunter named "The Hangman" (Kurt Russell), who is taking his fugitive prisoner Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to the town of Red Rock, Wyoming so that she can be brought to justice. However, along the way, they encounter a former Union solider turned bounty hunter named Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson) and another man who claims to be the sheriff. As the four press forward on their journey to Red Rock, they are thwarted by a storm and forced to stop a stagecoach for shelter, where they encounter four strangers.
The film was shot in 70mm, which, for all you cinema lovers, means ultra panavision. (It's literately the most high definition and widescreen that you can get.) From the trailer alone, it's obvious that Quentin Tarantino's feature film will certainly be a work of art. Here are six jaw-dropping moments from The Hateful Eight trailer that prove this is Tarantino at his best.
1. This Stunning Visual
Quentin Tarantino has always been known for his stunning, larger-than-life films. Shooting a snow covered mountain in 70mm is beyond breathtaking. It's just proves that technology has finally caught up with Tarantino's vision.
2. These Cold Dead Bodies
Quentin Tarantino films have always been unapologetic about depicting gore and violence. With this pile of dead bodies behind this hooded figure, I'm certain that The Hateful Eight will be no different.
3. Samuel L. Jackson Wielding These Guns
In my opinion, you can't really have a Tarantino film without Samuel L. Jackson's involvement. Tarantino has worked with many of the same actors over the course of his career, and Jackson is certainly one of them. The iconic actor has been involved in five of the eight films that Tarantino has directed. As a bounty hunter in The Hateful Eight, it looks like Jackson will continue his reign as a bonafide badass.
4. This Surprise Attack
One of my favorite Tarantino projects is the Kill Bill saga. The Bride's surprise attacks on her enemies made the revenge film iconic for me. Since westerns are full of outlaws and bandits, I'm certain that The Hateful Eight will have quite a few surprise attacks and shoot outs. I highly doubt that everyone will make it through the storm in tact.
5. A Badass Female Protagonist
Tarantino has always been dedicated to strong female characters in his films. From Jackie Brown to Grindhouse, women have always played important roles in his neo-noir epics. Jennifer Jason Leigh's portrayal of the fugitive and murderer Daisy Domergue looks to be no different.
6. This 19th Century Stagecoach
Though Tarantino is known for satirizing history in films like Inglorious Bastards and Django Unchained, his attention to detail in these period pieces when it comes to costuming, dialogue, and set design is unmatched. From the looks of this intricate stagecoach, it looks like The Hateful Eight will also be just as historically accurate.
The Hateful Eight will be released in select theaters on Christmas Day and will begin playing everywhere on Jan. 8, 2016. Check out the entire trailer below.
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