Quentin Tarantino may be engaged in an epic war of words (and thinly veiled threats) with police departments across the country, but while that situation spins steadily out of control, let’s not forget that The Hateful Eight is on the way. A new Tarantino movie is always worth getting excited about, and I’ll take a gritty, violent western any day of the week, so when the two come together, goddamn. And just in case you can’t wait, there’s a new trailer to check out.
There is a lot going on here. Maybe even too much; this is a jam-packed couple of minutes. But when you have a cast as great as this, and as many quippy lines, not to mention spent bullet casings, I get the impulse to include everything. And if nothing else, this movie is going to be gorgeous and grim, and it’s definitely up there on my most-anticipated list.
Here’s a detailed synopsis:
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 and his fugitive Daisy Domergue, 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, a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix, 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, who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray, the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage, and Confederate General Sanford Smithers. 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 stars Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bruce Dern, Demian Bichir, Walton Goggins, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, and opens in a limited release on Christmas Day, going wide on January 8.