The Hateful Eight (also known as The H8ful Eight and The Hateful 8) is a 2015 western mystery film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It was produced by Richard N. Gladstein, Stacey Sher and Shannon McIntosh. It stars Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Bruce Dern
The storyline is set some time after the US Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. Bounty hunter John “The Hangman” Ruth and his fugitive captive Daisy Domergue race towards the town of Red Rock, where Ruth will bring Daisy to justice. Along the road, they encounter Major Marquis Warren (an infamous bounty hunter) and Chris Mannix (a man who claims to be Red Rock’s new sheriff). Lost in a blizzard, the bunch seeks refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery. When they arrive they are greeted by unfamiliar faces: Bob, who claims to be taking care of the place while Minnie is gone; Oswaldo Mobray, the hangman of Red Rock; Joe Gage, a cow puncher; and confederate general Sanford Smithers. As the storm overtakes the mountainside, the eight travelers come to learn that they might not make it to Red Rock after all.
Quentin Tarantino had announced his intention to make The Hateful Eight in November 2013. He originally conceived the idea for Hateful Eight as a novel called Django in White Hell and sequel to his previous film Django Unchained released in 2012 but decided that the Django character did not fit the story and made it into a standalone film. In January 2014, a copy of the script was leaked which infuriated Tarantino so much so that he cancelled the film, however after he directed a live reading of the script at the United Artists Theater in the Ace Hotel, Los Angeles, he changed his mind.
In September 2014, the state of Colorado agreed to fund the film’s production with $5 million on the basis that the complete film was shot in Southwest Colorado. Principal photography for The Hateful Eight began on 8th December 2014 in Colorado on the Schmid Ranch near Telluride, which was leased to the production team for the filming along with the construction of a temporary set. The special make-up effects for the film were created by Greg Nicotero, who worked on the hugely popular television series The Walking Dead.
The Hateful Eight was filmed on 65mm film by cinematographer Robert Richardson, who also worked with Quentin Tarantino on Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained and other releases such as JFK, The Aviator and Hugo. Later it was transferred to 70mm film and until the release of Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk two years later, it was the widest release in 70mm film since Ron Howard’s Far and Away in 1992. Tarantino edited two versions of the film, one for the roadshow version and the other for general release. The roadshow version runs for three hours and two minutes and has alternate takes of some scenes with the version for general release runs for twenty minutes less. He created two different versions as he felt some of the footage he shot for 70mm would not play well on smaller screens.
When The Hateful Eight was released it received positive reviews from the critics and audiences alike with particularly praise for Jennifer Jason Leigh’s performance as Daisy Domergue and Ennio Morricone’s score. On Rotten Tomatoes it currently holds a rating of 75% with the general consensus being, “The Hateful Eight offers another well-aimed round from Quentin Tarantino’s signature blend of action, humor, and over-the-top violence — all while demonstrating an even stronger grip on his filmmaking craft”. Peter Bradshaw from The Guardian, gave the film five out of five, and wrote that it was “intimate yet somehow weirdly colossal, once again releasing [Tarantino’s] own kind of unwholesome crazy-funny-violent nitrous oxide into the cinema auditorium for us all to inhale … “Thriller” is a generic label which has lost its force. But The Hateful Eight thrills”.
Commercially, The Hateful Eight was a box office success. Having been produced on an estimated production budget of $62 million, during its limited release weekend release it took $4,610,676 at the US box office. When it was released countrywide the following week it made $15,706,645 at the box office, finishing third at the box office behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Daddy’s Home. The Hateful Eight went on to gross $54.1 million in US box office receipts and $101.6 million at the international box office giving worldwide gross box office receipts of $155.8 million.
The Hateful Eight
Year of Film
Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, James Parks, Channing Tatum
Origin of Film
Genre(s) of Film
Crime | Drama | Mystery | Thriller | Western
Budget: $175,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend: $133,682,248 (USA)
Gross: $264,563,751 (USA)
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