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Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' Trailer Is Full Of Bearded Men And Snowy Landscapes

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After a lot of back and forth about whether he would actually make it, the eighth film from Quentin Tarantula Quentin Tarantino is coming this Christmas. And below, you can see the first trailer (with actual footage) of The Hateful Eight, aka The H8ful Eight.

It's chock-full of bearded men, snowy landscapes, amusing asides (the film might be very funny, or at least one of Tarantino's funniest films), and what looks to be a whole lot of tense standoffs. Q.T. regulars such as Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth and Michael Madsen join exciting newcomers to the Tarantinoverse such as Walter Goggins (okay, technically speaking, he was in Django Unchained, but this time he'll hopefully really get to chew the scenery a bit), Jennifer Jason Leigh and Bruce Dern this time round. Here's the official description of the plot:

While racing toward the town of Red Rock in post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunter John "The Hangman" Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) encounter another bounty hunter (Samuel L. Jackson) and a man (Walton Goggins) who claims to be a sheriff. Hoping to find shelter from a blizzard, the group travels to a stagecoach stopover located on a mountain pass. There, they encounter four strangers, and soon learn that they may not make it to their destination after all.
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If you want a clearer sense of what kind of Tarantino movie this will be, read the director's own comments on the inspiration for the film, as he told Deadline last year:

"It's less inspired by one Western movie than by Bonanza, The Virginian, High Chaparral," Tarantino said. "Twice per season, those shows would have an episode where a bunch of outlaws would take the lead characters hostage. They would come to the Ponderosa and hold everybody hostage, or to go Judge Garth's place—Lee J. Cobb played him—in The Virginian and take hostages. There would be a guest star like David Carradine, Darren McGavin, Claude Akins, Robert Culp, Charles Bronson or James Coburn. I don't like that storyline in a modern context, but I love it in a Western, where you would pass halfway through the show to find out if they were good or bad guys, and they all had a past that was revealed. "I thought, 'What if I did a movie starring nothing but those characters? No heroes, no Michael Landons. Just a bunch of nefarious guys in a room, all telling backstories that may or may not be true. Trap those guys together in a room with a blizzard outside, give them guns, and see what happens.'"

See it this Christmas, "in glorious 70mm" (which about 50 theaters across the country will be equipped to project for this film).