Director Quentin Tarantino has made some memorable movies. One of the things that makes them so memorable has been the music. The Hateful Eight is looking to be no different. The soundtrack listing has been revealed for the new movie and it’s an eclectic mix of orchestrated film score, pop music, and dialogue cuts from the film.
The primary music of the film will be a score by Ennio Morricone, the Academy Award nominated composer of the music from such films as Untouchables and Bugsy, but the man is most known for his longtime collaboration with Italian director Sergio Leone. It’s this that likely lead Tarantino to seek him out. However, just because Hateful Eight is set in a post-Civil War world does not mean that the classic pop music that Tarantino often uses will be absent. The soundtrack also boasts tunes like Roy Orbison’s There Won’t be Many Coming Home, as well as more modern music like The White Stripes’ Apple Blossom. According to Indiewire, the soundtrack will be available December 18th ahead of the film’s Christmas Day release.
Music has always been a key part of Tarantino films. From the discordant mix of music and violence from Reservoir Dogs, when Michael Madsen goes completely psychotic to the beat of Stuck in the Middle with You, to the iconic dance scene in Pulp Fiction, there is probably no modern director with a better knowledge of modern music. He understands the way he can use music to help elicit the emotion he wants from the audience.
It remains to be seen how the more modern music will be used in this new film. It may be simply used as part of a credit sequence outside of the actual story. On the other hand, the movie is looking to be somewhat over the top in that uniquely Tarantino way, and throwing a White Stripes song into the middle of the 1800’s would certainly emphasize that aspect of it.
The several dialogue cuts listed also give us an interesting peek into the upcoming film. We’re already curious to know what Samuel L. Jackson has to say about "Uncle Charlie’s Stew" or exactly what it is that’s "suggestive" about Tim Roth’s character, Oswaldo Mobray. The other thing Tarantino’s films are known for is their fantastic dialogue, and it looks like the writer already has an idea which parts will be the most memorable.
Between one of the world’s greatest composers, some intriguing pop music choices, and Quentin Tarantino always catchy writing, the Hateful Eight soundtrack looks to be another memorable one. We can’t wait to hear it, as part of the movie first, of course, this Christmas.