Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight is still having its day at the box office and for many who’ve seen it, there’s an eerily similar vibe to John Carpenter’s The Thing that runs underneath the western persona the film totes. You have a crew of people trapped inside the confines of a single location while snow beats down around them and the Ennio Morricone score (which is actually a leftover track from when he created music for The Thing) all help illuminate the parallels between the two films.
In a recent interview with Time Out, Tarantino actually addressed The Thing‘s influence on The Hateful Eight.
“A case could be made that The Hateful Eight is the closest I’ve ever come to a horror film. And more than any other Western, the film that influenced this movie the most is John Carpenter’s The Thing, way beyond just working with the same composer, Ennio Morricone, and star, Kurt Russell. The Thing also hugely influenced Reservoir Dogs, of course.”
Tarantino also hinted at his desire to make a horror film in the vein of The Exorcist, while also saying it may be hard to curb his humor in order to do so.
“If I had all the time in the world, I would love to make a really, really scary horror film, likeThe Exorcist. But I don’t know if me taking my sense of humor and putting it in the backseat just to hit a tone of dread from beginning to end is the best use of my talents or my time.”
This raises the question: What if Tarantino actually shifted gears and directed a full on horror flick? Any fan of his work has, at some point, wondered what a horror or sci-fi film from him would look like. With only two more movies left in his creative tank, the time is now. The use of QT’s humor in the world of horror could actually be a huge advantage for the filmmaker. Blending that tone of dread with the humor of something like Raimi’s The Evil Dead could be mind blowing.
Tarantino’s appreciation for horror is pretty evident and as a massive fan of the genre, getting a Tarantino directed horror film would be incredible. Let’s just hope the whole “two more movies” thing is bullshit and if it isn’t, hopefully a scary movie will be one of them (Kill Bill 3 being the other of course).