Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Trailer debuts for Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight'

It has been a rough ride for Quentin Tarantino since Django Unchained. The epic western garnered tons of acclaim and an Oscar for Tarantino, but it was what happened after Django that shook the Tarantinoverse a bit. Originally, Tarantino was planning on directing The Hateful Eight, another big western, after Django Unchained. He finished a draft of the script, had a cast picked out and was ready to go. Unfortunately, the script got into the wrong hands and Tarantino got pretty upset. He scrapped The Hateful Eight completely, sued Gawker (who published the leaked script) and moved on. Thankfully, after time had passed, some people persuaded Tarantino to stick with the project and he eventually decided to re-write the third act and send The Hateful Eight into production. Shot in "Glorious Ultra 70 mm Panavision," Tarantino's latest is another bloody, tense western with some fan favorite actors like Michael Madsen, Tim Roth and Samuel L. Jackson. After a series of poster teases, the first trailer was released earlier today. Check it out below.

While I'm a fan of nearly all of Tarantino's films, he has been on a phenomenal groove lately, producing what I believe to be two of his best films- Inglourious Basterds and Django. As Tarantino himself even stated, The Hateful Eight is a more contained and small-scale story when put in comparison to something like Kill Bill. It's more of a throwback to earlier Tarantino, especially Reservoir Dogs- a group of strangers in a room who can't trust each other. Reading what Tarantino has said about the film makes me very excited and this trailer is a pretty solid tease as well. I liked the snowy atmosphere and the way that the trailer mixed humor with the constant threat of spectacular, Tarantino-style bloodshed. With a great cast, one of my favorite directors and some awesome filmmaking tricks (this was shot on the same lenses that filmed classics like Ben-Hur), The Hateful Eight is one of my most anticipated for the rest of the year (and on a side note, the poster shown below is straight-up incredible).

The Hateful Eight stars Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Demian Bichir, Tim Roth, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, Walton Goggins, Zoe Bell, James Parks, Dana Gourrier and Samuel L. Jackson, and will debut in limited 70 mm release on December 25. It will debut in wide release on January 8, 2016.

Image Credits: Screen Rant

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