After much anticipation and what seems like a dozen promotional posters, the first full-length trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight is finally here — and so far, it lives up to the hype. The teaser, featuring a motley crew of gun-toting characters and plenty of snappy dialogue, promises to deliver everything that you want from a Tarantino film.
The Hateful Eight takes place a few years after the Civil War and follows eight grizzled outlaws are forced to take shelter together after a massive blizzard. As the storm overtakes the mountainside, the group of travelers get caught up in a plot of betrayal and deception and soon realize they may not make it to their destination after all.
The film features a star-studded ensemble cast, including several Tarantino regulars. As captured in the teaser, Kurt Russell stars as bounty hunter John “The Hangman” Ruth who is seeking to turn in his fugitive Daisy Domergue (played by Jennifer Jason Leigh) in order to get the prize money. Along the way, they encounters two strangers: Samuel L. Jackson’s Major Marquis Warren a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Walton Goggins’ Chris Mannix, a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff. When they seek refuge at an inn on the mountain pass, the four characters also run into Bob (Demian Bichir), the caretaker of the shelter, Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Michael Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern).
Channing Tatum, James Parks, Zoe Bell, Belinda Owino, Lee Horsley and Craig Stark also hold minor roles in the movie, although they don’t appear in the newly released teaser.
The clip gives viewers a glimpse of the tensions that run high among the agitated snowed-in group. Making the situation even more volatile? Lots and lots of guns. “Move a little strange, you gonna get a bullet,” Jackson’s character Warren says in the teaser. “Not a warning, not a question. A bullet.”
As several critics have pointed out, the vibe of the trailer seems to be a mix between Django Unchained and Reservoir Dogs – a quality that should have Tarantino fans very excited for the film. But it hasn’t been easy getting to this point. The Hateful Eight has had a long, tumultuous road to the big screen. The acclaimed director almost scrapped the movie entirely after the script leaked online last year. After deciding to move forward with the project after all, the movie was still besieged with problems. The trailer leaked online in April before eventually getting pulled down. Thankfully, Tarantino was still able to bring his vision to fruition.
For the director, the movie also fits in with his efforts to cultivating a classic cinematic experience. Tarantino has long discussed the importance of aesthetic quality in film and The Hateful Eight is no exception. In June, Tarantino announced that the movie would first premiere in select 70mm theaters before a wide release, so that viewers can enjoy the experience as he imagined it.
Whichever way you see it, it looks like moviegoers are in for the quintessential Tarantino experience with The Hateful Eight.
The movie is scheduled for limited release on Christmas Day before expanding into more theaters on January 8th, 2016.