The A-List: An interview with Quentin Tarantino about The Hateful Eight
By Iain Blair
For Quentin Tarantino fans it’s been three long years since the colorful writer/director/producer and sometime actor blasted and cursed his way across the screen with Django Unchained. Now he’s back with The Weinstein Company’s The Hateful Eight, an even more deliriously over-the-top, ultra-violent western — set in the same era — that makes Django look almost sweet and gentle by comparison.
It’s also a mash-up of horror and mystery genres, with enough fake blood
and red herrings to keep every Tarantino fan in the world happy. With a
large ensemble cast, including Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Michael
Madsen, Bruce Dern, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Channing
Tatum, it tells a seemingly simple story: eight strangers get stranded in a mountainside stopover as a monster storm bears down on them. But nothing
is quite what it seems.
All this is lovingly presented in the long-dormant Ultra Panavision 70mm format and shot by Tarantino’s long-time DP Robert Richardson, the three-time Oscar-winner who also shot Django, Inglourious Basterds and Kill Bill: Vol 1 and 2 for the director. It was edited by Fred Raskin, another frequent collaborator.
I spoke with Tarantino about making the film, as the first screenings rolled out.
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