Director nudges spaghetti westerns and horror films from 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly' to 'The Thing'
Credit: Andrew Cooper

Director Quentin Tarantino has long been open about the types of films that have inspired his work, and a new supercut video — from editor Ollie Paxton — highlights the numerous cinematic references found within Tarantino’s latest film, The Hateful Eight.

Focusing on spaghetti westerns and horror films, Paxton uses side-by-side comparisons to touch on The Hateful Eight‘s creative inspiration lifted from the works of icons like Wes Craven and Sergio Leone, from a credit sequence cut from the same cloth as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) to compositional similarities to Lawrence of Arabia (1962). Even the film’s title, The Hateful Eight, is a nod to John Sturges’ 1960 western, The Magnificent Seven. Paxton even finds multiple points of reference from John Carpenter’s 1982 sci-fi horror film,The Thing, which also stars Kurt Russell and shares a cold-weather setting with The Hateful Eight.

The most references, however, seem to come from Tarantino’s own filmography. Paxton reveals connective tissue between 2012’s Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight, particularly in scenes from both films that involve gunfire, broken glass, and brightly-colored candy strewn on the ground. The infamous under-the-table bar shootout from 2009’s Inglourious Basterds also makes an appearance in Paxton’s video, as the editor compares that scene to one in The Hateful Eight, which sees a central character being shot in a very particular spot on his body.

The Hateful Eight won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in February, while supporting actress Jennifer Jason Leigh earned her first Oscar nomination for her performance in the film. It is set to be released March 29 on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Explore the cinematic references found within Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight in Paxton’s full video below.

The Hateful Eight
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