9 According to Quentin Tarantino his two primary cinematic influences on the film were The Thing (1982) and Reservoir Dogs (1992). Quentin Tarantino has said that some of the Ennio Morricone's compositions for the film are the unused scores for The Thing (1982) The Hateful Eight (2015), according to Quentin Tarantino, was his metaphoric way of breaking down his feelings about The Thing (1982), i.e. the way he felt watching it for the first time in a movie theater.
8 According to the script, this film's plot heavily references many important historic realities that occurred in the years following the Civil War, including tension and rivalry between Union and Confederate veterans, the attitude over abolishing slavery and granting blacks equal rights and the economic struggles of the southern states and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
7 Unfortunately for the production of the film, during the scheduled shooting dates on location in Telluride, Colorado, there was a long streak of nice weather. Large fans and starch, and large overhead sunblocks were used in many of the outdoors blizzard shots to try to recreate a blizzard. A large amount of the much-needed snow melted away and production was placed on hiatus. As a fun attempt to try to get more snow, many of the cast and crew members including Taratino, Jackson, and Russell participated in a local "ski burn", making an offering to the "snow gods" to try to get it to snow. Coincidentally (or not...) a couple days later, a large storm came in and dropped a large amount of snow so filming could continue.
6 Tarantino explained in interviews only after the film was released that the very earliest concept of what became this story was a sequel to Django Unchained he began as a novel, called 'Django in White Hell.' However, he did not get far with the novel before he realized that it didn't work to have a character who's morals were known to the audience beforehand, nor a character you felt was fairly sure to survive. Tarantino withheld this trivia from interviews until after the film's release because he was already contesting false reports that the movie would be a sequel to Django Unchained and didn't want to further muddle early public expectations. This is also why, in the wake of the script's leaking online, he was considering taking the story back to novel form when he considered canceling production.
5 In the roadshow version, the word "nigger" is used sixty-five time, which is a little over half the use in Quentin Tarantino's previous film Django Unchained (2012), which is said to hold the record for the movie with the most uses of the "n word." In the general release, one scene between Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins) and Gen. Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern) is removed that uses the word seven times is removed, reducing the count to fifty-eight. Of the main cast, Michael Madsen is the only person not to say it.
4 The song sung by Daisey was performed by Jennifer Jason Leigh live on set. The soundtrack for the film features the song along with the sounds of the wood being hammered into the door and dialogue by Kurt Russell.
3 There are two subtle references to Django Unchained in the film. First, when we meet Major Warren, he is sitting on top of 3 corpses and a saddle. This saddle was previously owned by Django and the second is in Minnie's Haberdashery. Sitting on the floor of the haberdashery is Django's green corduroy jacket. Both of these references have been confirmed by Samuel L. Jackson.
2 According to the written script, the characters of Minnie and Sweet Dave became acquainted with one another as in slave and owner before the Civil War. Sweet Dave once had Minnie as a slave but they somehow stayed together after the banning of slavery for unknown reasons. It could be speculated that Sweet Dave was secretly in love with Minnie, or that he helped her purchase land to start her own business as a way of paying her reparations for keeping her enslaved in the past. It is believed that Tarantino has left the audience to make up their own theories about the connection between Minnie and Sweet Dave.
1 According to Quentin Tarantino, this show is inspired by the Western television shows Bonanza (1959), The Virginian (1962) and The High Chaparral (1967): "Twice per season, those shows would have an episode where a bunch of outlaws would take the lead characters hostage. 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. 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!"
The Hateful Eight (2015)
R | 3h 7min | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 30 December 2015 (USA)
In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter and his prisoner find shelter in a cabin currently inhabited by a collection of nefarious characters.
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh