“The Hateful Eight,” a tale of mystery and horror


Students were able to watch “The Hateful Eight” in the Reamer Campus Center auditorium this past weekend. Directed by Quentin Tarantino, the grotesque mystery/crime movie received a 7.9 out of 10 on IMDb and 75 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Complete with gory murder scenes and intense debacles, “The Hateful Eight” houses many bloody elements similar to Tarantino’s other film “Django Unchained” while also having enigmatic components.

Bounty hunter John “The Hangman” Ruth, played by Kurt Russel, captures wanted murderer Daisy Domergue no matter she is dead or alive.

The two and O.B. Jackson, the stagecoach driver, travel towards Red Rock, Wyoming, in hopes that John Ruth will receive his reward for capturing Domergue. While in transit, the crew stumbles upon two unlikely men.

Major Marquis Warren, played by Samuel L. Jackson, is a bounty hunter and the first person to intercept the stagecoach. Chris Mannix, played by Walton Goggins, is the second unfortunate soul the crew encounters, and, coincidentally, he claims that he is the sheriff of Red Rock.

In hopes to encounter shelter from an intense blizzard, the group arrives at a stagecoach stopover located in the heart of the mountains. Another male party of four, who are already residing in the lodge, then greet the arrivals. These are Oswaldo Mobray, Joe Gage, General Sandy Smithers and Bob. Yes, the ferocious blizzard inhibits the crew from reaching Red Rock, but what really stalls their journey is the sequence of unfortunate events that unfolds in the intimate cabin.

When the four finally arrive to the lodge, they have to kick down the door in order to enter. This action of breaking down the door in order to even enter the lodge clearly foreshadows the unpleasant and misfortunate circumstances they will need to endure for the next several days.

Right from the start, animosity in the cabin is fostered, as Ruth strolls around the room pretentiously ordering the inhabitants to give up their guns.

As the film progresses, this acrimony only grows. Major Marquis Warren admits that he lied about a letter he received from President Abraham Lincoln, confessing that he had forged it.

Later, he realizes that he fought against General Sandy Smithers in the Civil War. He then pompously informs the General that he tortured, manipulated and then subsequently killed his son.

It’s ironic that Warren openly admits this to Smithers, as the viewer grapples with the authenticity of Warren’s word. Out of rage, Smithers then reaches for his gun, but Warren quickly pulls his out and kills Smithers.

The mystery components of the film shine through in the middle of the film. Ruth and Jackson drink coffee that has been poisoned, vomit blood then drop dead.

Additionally, Warren realizes that the lodge owners have been murdered. A whole investigation ensues staged by Warren, and he accuses the remaining three of conspiring with Domergue to ensure her escape.

Warren then murders Bob, concluding that he killed the lodge owners. Gage then admits that he poisoned the coffee.

Domergue’s brother, Jody, then retreats from the cellar and shoots Warren in the groin, while Mobray shoots Mannix.

The two injured men muster enough strength to kill Jody. Although they manage to still hang the malicious Domergue, they nevertheless die as Mannix reads aloud Warren’s forged Lincoln letter, thus concluding the movie.

“The Hateful Eight” is the ideal movie for mystery and horror lovers.

Complete with brawls, blood and backlash, the movie provides viewers with the suspense and revulsion that keeps you on your seat while providing comedic relief every now and then.


  1. At the end of the movie, all of the actors should have turned their guns on the director, Mr. Tarantino, for having produced such an abomination – The Hateful Nine, perhaps? (doesn’t rhyme and not alliterate, either – how about the Nefarious Nine?)

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