No Surprise, the Teaser for Tarantino’s ‘Hateful Eight’ is Largely Text Only


I hope and pray none of you are planning on seeing Sin City: A Dame to Kill For this weekend just to see the announced teaser trailer for Quentin Tarantino‘s next movie The Hateful Eight. No, that has nothing to do with the quality of Sin City, which I saw last night and my review will be coming shortly, but everything to do with the idea of spending money on a movie ticket to see the trailer for a movie that hasn’t even started filming. How much are you going to get out of that anyway? Well, Collider (via The Playlist) has a description of said trailer and the answer is… not much:

As for the trailer, it contains no footage. It opens on snow dunes, a western-style ballad with titles about strangers being stranded in a blizzard, but “They soon discovered they shared a deadly connection” (blood spatters on titles). The western ballad begins to rock (I can’t identify the song) as the title comes up “The New Film by Quentin Tarantino”; then it lists the Hateful Eight:

  • Major Marquis Warren: “The Bounty Hunter”
  • John Ruth: “The Hangman”
  • Daisy Domergue: “The Prisoner”
  • Chris Mannix: “The Sheriff”
  • Bob: “The Mexican”
  • Oswald Mobray: “The Little Man”
  • Joe Gage: “The Cow Puncher”
  • General Sandy Smithers: “The Confederate”

Then we see bloody numbers count up to “8″, which leads to “8 MAKES HATE”. Gunshots then shoot off “makes” then “hate” before the title turns to “The H8Ful Eight”. The music returns to a more classic western tune (there’s whistling), and puts up “From Academy Award Winner Quentin Tarantino”.

And then, the screen fills with “See It in Glorious 70mm {Super Cinemascope}”

Finally, the title “2015″ comes up, and fade to black. End trailer;

Marketing today has become ridiculous to the point I had to watch 45 minutes of a red carpet event before my screening of Sin City last night. If every screening was accompanied by such a prelude I would quit this job in an instant. It was torture, but for some reason I have to assume Dimension felt it was good marketing. Now they are enticing audiences with a trailer filled with text and sound effects in an effort to pad ticket sales.