If you ever needed a masterclass on the history of film, just watch Quentin Tarantino’s gratuitously bloody western, The Hateful Eight. The Oscar-winning writer and director put his encyclopedic knowledge of movies to the test with numerous references spanning multiple generations in the three-hour flick. Callouts include 1939’s Stagecoach, 1960’s The Magnificent Seven, 1962’s Lawrence of Arabia, 1966’s The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and 1982’s The Thing. He even gave a nod to a few of his own films like 1992’s Reservoir Dogs, 2009’s Inglourious Basterds and 2012’s Django Unchained.
For novices who wouldn’t catch those references on their own, Vimeo user Ollie Paxton made life that much easier with a supercut of every reference made in Tarantino’ latest venture so that you can sound smart in front of all your film school buddies.
Set in post-Civil War Wyoming, the story centers on a bounty hunter named John "The Hangman" Ruth (played by Kurt Russell) and his fugitive captive (played by Jennifer Jason Leigh) who run into another bounty hunter (played by Samuel L. Jackson) and a man claiming to be a sheriff. When a blizzard strikes, the group seek shelter in a stagecoach stopover where four other strangers happen to be staying. With tensions rising, they soon realize they may not all make it out alive.
If you missed its run in theaters, you’ll soon be able to catch it live on stage.