If you saw “The Hateful Eight” 70mm Roadshow over Christmas weekend without any presentation hiccups, consider yourself very, very lucky, at least according to Twitter. While it’s hard to determine just how many screenings of the Western were botched because of faulty projections, the reaction on Twitter made it sound like a widespread issue, or as one user called it, an “epidemic.” Even screenings that were largely watchable still had minor noticeable glitches in the corners of the screen.
Although frustrations were warranted, it should be noted as a reminder that any projection issue was most likely a fault on exhibition (i.e. inexperienced projectionists) and not production and distribution (there was probably nothing wrong with the actual celluloid print of the film). Considering the positive reaction coming out of issue-free screenings, let the following reactions be a call for more capable projectionists and not proof that shooting on 70mm is no longer a viable option.
Check out the best of the worst reactions below: