Quentin Tarantino's new film, The Hateful Eight, will arrive before 2015 draws to a close, though of late he's made headlines for another reason - having attracted controversy, after he attended a rally against police brutality. If you've followed the filmmaker's career since he broke out on the indie film scene in the early 1990s, then you know that stirring the pot is something Tarantino's never been afraid to do - and he's already promised to keep on doing that, with his upcoming western.
Hateful Eight takes place not too longer after the U.S. Civil War; as the title implies, the film revolves around a group of eight people, who all wind up trapped together in the same establishment during a blizzard. The first Hateful Eight trailer hinted that it's only a matter of time before things turn violent between the eight shifty strangers. The newly-released second trailer further teases what happens as tensions rise between them.
The second Hateful Eight trailer also further establishes the two protagonists of the movie (which, per usual, Tarantino wrote in addition to directing): John "The Hangman" Ruth (Kurt Russell), who looks to collect a hefty payday for his prisoner, the criminal Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh); and Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), the onetime Union soldier turned bounty hunter, who crosses paths with John and Daisy on the road to Minnie's Haberdashery - the establishment where that trio and five other people will end up trapped together.
Hence, the question: who can John trust to not stab him in the back and go collect on Daisy's bounty themselves? Well, seeing as the other players in this game - the allegedly local sheriff Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), Minnie's caretaker Bob (Demián Bichir), local hangman Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), "cow-puncher" Joe Gage (Michael Madsen), and former Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern) - seem to all have secrets and it's not altogether clear if Maj. Warren is to be trusted either, it's no surprise that everyone's a little on edge in The Hateful Eight from the get-go.
Whereas Tarantino's last film, Django Unchained, was a throwback to the classic spaghetti western genre (with more than a dash of blaxploitation added for flavor), Hateful Eight appears to be more of a nod to Sam Peckinpah's grittier and more violent brand of western (see movies like The Wild Bunch and Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia). Of course, Tarantino the storyteller is known for his bleak humor, and he has already offered his assurances that Hateful Eight shall be darkly funny - something that the film's latest trailer also indicates will be the case.
In addition, the new Hateful Eight trailer footage also better illustrates why Tarantino made the decision to shoot this particular film in 70 mm. The different aspect ratio offered by the format allows the winter scenery pictured in the Hateful Eight footage - by Tarantino's frequent director of photography Robert Richardson - feel all the more expansive and endless, while the interior shots of Minnie's Haberdashery look to feel all the more claustrophobic and suffocating for it (especially once the characters within the cabin turn violent against one another).
As far as "stirring the pot" goes, well, Tarantino has said there will be more of that in Hateful Eight than you might suspect based on the trailers alone...
The Hateful Eight opens in U.S. theaters equipped with 70mm capabilities on December 25th, 2015. It will begin a regular theatrical release on January 8th, 2016.
Source: The Weinstein Company