It’s only after recently revisiting Django Unchained that my anticipation for master filmmaker Quentin Tarantino’s return has been ignited. What perfect timing then, that a brand new poster (courtesy of EW) for The Hateful Eight has moseyed on into town, showing Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason-Leigh wielding more collective hair than a Bon Jovi concert.
Set some time after the American Civil War, The Hateful Eight sees a band of strangers forced to hold up in a cabin after a snowstorm blocks their path to the town of Red Rock. Hairy handlebar-wielding Kurt Russell plays John Ruth, who is taking prisoner Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason-Leigh) to the town to face her execution. When he makes his way to Minnie’s Haberdashery, he’s greeted by Civil War veteran, Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson); Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), the town’s new sheriff (or so he says); Bob (Demián Bichir), Minnie’s manager; Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), Red Rock’s hangman; cattleman Joe Gage (Michael Madsen); and Confederate general Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern).
Naturally, this being a Tarantino film and all, chances of everyone playing nice at this hospitable establishment seem rather unlikely and soon guns will get drawn and bullets will fire as fast as the razor sharp dialogue QT is known for. I can’t wait for any of it. Add the input of legendary composer Ennio Morricone (The Dollars Trilogy, Once Upon A Time In The West, Once Upon A Time In America, Untouchables) will be adding his musical input to the film and we could have another award-winning effort from Mr. Tarantino. Like there’s any other kind, right?
Be sure to keep an eye out for additional imagery appearing that should show the rest of the titular bunch. Fingers crossed it will hopefully be some time before the film hits cinemas December 25 in the U.S. and then worldwide January 8, 2016.