This Christmas, you can look forward to gathering your friends and family for a heartwarming trip to the movies. There you can watch the masterful Quentin Tarantino‘s The Hateful Eight unleash what’s sure to be a violent, blood-soaked trip to the West. And it will be available in 70mm Ultra Panavision. Actually, it will only be available to see at Christmas in 70mm and wider release on January 8th.
The movie stars Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Demian Bichir, Walton Goggins, and Bruce Dern, and you can watch the first teaser trailer for the movie below.
The long, sordid history of this movie is almost a movie unto itself. Tarantino at one time vowed the film would never be made after someone leaked the script in early 2014. In April of that year, Tarantino held a live script reading of an early draft of the screenplay featuring most of the actors he had chosen for parts in the movie. Based on the success and feedback of that reading, Tarantino changed his mind about not making it and now we have what will be the 8th film in the acclaimed director’s filmography.
The official synopsis reads:
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 (Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Leigh), 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 (Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Goggins), 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 (Bichir), who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray (Roth), the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all…
Sounds like there will be plenty of snow and blood this Christmas to look forward to. Check out The Hateful Eight in theaters (as long as they are showing it in 70mm Super Panavision) on Christmas Day.