Quentin Tarantino is going to light up San Diego Comic-Con in a couple of weeks when he struts into town with his western “The Hateful Eight,” and one wonders how many of the fanboys will have seen the Robert Altman, Sergio Corbucci, or André de Toth films he references in chatting with EW. Not that it matters. Half of the fun of any Tarantino flick is tracking down the genre gems he mentions as influences.
His star-studded western about a bunch of rogues facing off in a snow blasted waystation sounds grim, but Tarantino promises it’ll have a spark of life to it as well. “I can definitely say that as bleak as our movie is, we are definitely the funniest snow Western ever made. This is funnier than ‘The Great Silence,’ it’s funnier than ‘Day of the Outlaw,’ ” he says. “Oh, yeah, funnier than ‘McCabe & Mrs. Miller.’ ”
Tarantino might as well be saying that his snow western is the only one with more prominent elements of comedy.
“The Hateful Eight” arrives at a theater near you on Christmas Day in 70mm.