With The Hateful Eight in cinemas now, many people are leaving the theater with a feeling that director Quentin Tarantino sneakily released a horror movie on an unsuspecting public. Mr. Disgusting told me that he sees the film to be a, “…horror comedy along the lines of Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead 2,” which seems to be the sentiment that many have. Others have compared it to John Carpenter’s The Thing, although that comparison might be because unused cues from the sci-fi masterpiece were used in the western film.
But these sentiments have gotten people wondering what it would be like if Tarantino actually put all of his focus into a real horror movie, one that would honestly scare audiences to the very core of their being. That possibility is not something unheard of as many might remember that Tarantino was in very early talks to write and direct Ultimate Jason for New Line Cinema, a Friday the 13th sequel that sadly never panned out. And let’s not forget that he also directed Death Proof, one half of the 2007 Grindhouse, although I think arguments could easily be made that it’s not a horror movie so much as an action-thriller.
In a recent interview with Time Out, Tarantino has made it clear that a horror movie is something he’d still be interested in tackling. One that’s inspired by the scariest ever made: The Exorcist!
“…if I had all the time in the world, I would love to make a really, really scary horror film, like The 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.
“I don’t know if I could let go of that humor and be able to make something like The Exorcist and keep that tone of dread all the way through. Although 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.”
I’d personally be all over a horror movie written and directed by Tarantino. The man’s appreciation for cinema and the craft of making a movie is undeniable. I really believe he’d give the genre the respect and credit it deserves should he decide to toss his hat into the ring.