ROME, ITALY - OCTOBER 19: (EDITOR NOTE: This image has been converted to black and white) Quentin Tarantino poses for the photographer during the 16th Rome Film Festival on October 19, 2021 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for RFF)
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Quentin Tarantino Didn't Realize What A 'Serious' Film The Hateful Eight Would Be
Quention Tarantino made “The Hateful Eight” intentionally ugly and hateful, as the title so obviously suggests. However, Tarantino’s way of writing the characters and his desire to play with the mystery genre would lead the director down an unexpected path that would transform the Western into a much more serious film than he expected.
The writer-director explained to Entertainment Weekly, “The film that I ended up making ends up being a really serious examination of both the Civil War and the post-Civil War survivors. But I really was coming more from a mystery angle [...] That was what got me putting pen to paper. [...] I didn't know it would end up being so serious when it came to that issue.”
Tarantino spoke with /Film in 2019, stating that he believed the film turned out as grim as it did because, in his words, he “thought it was just the nature of the beast.” Tarantino always seems willing to let a story play out as organically as possible, which speaks to his quality as a filmmaker and a writer.