Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight premieres a snazzy poster with a predominant Samuel L. Jackson taking up more of the poster. His back at least. We don’t see many faces here since everyone is too busy pointing guns at each other. There are little faces in the back but we can’t see them too well. I hope they make it out okay. At least Kurt Russell.

From the trailer I mistakenly assumed Russell would be the primary lead in the ensemble. Samuel L. Jackson’s character has an air of mystery about him. Coincidence plays a big part in Tarantino movies (like, all of Pulp Fiction) so it’s possible Jackson could just be a do-gooder caught along for a bigger ride. But this is a Quentin Tarantino project. It’ll most likely end up with everyone killing each other. Just like the good ol’ Reservoir Dogs.

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In THE HATEFUL EIGHT, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob (Demian Bichir), who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Michael Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all…