Any release of a Quentin Tarantino film is cause for high excitement among his legion of devoted fans.
The Hateful Eight has just arrived in Kiwi cinemas, with the R18 rating for the violence you can always expect from a Tarantino film.
There's a lot of snow, a lot of lies and a lot of blood. Tarantino is back.
A western, set in wintry Wyoming, The Hateful Eight sees a good many familiar Tarantino faces reunited, augmented by the stand-out addition of Jennifer Jason Leigh in award-winning form.
Leigh is at the centre of this violent, comedic and typically convoluted tale, as Daisy Domergue is escorted by her bounty hunter to the nearest town of Red Rock to be hanged.
They collect a couple of hangers-on (Samuel L Jackson and Walt Goggins) before all are forced indoors to wait out a blizzard.
But they're not the only ones taking shelter from the storm at Minnie's Haberdashery that day. It's here things get complicated, and very messy.
Tarantino did it to me again. It was the second viewing of The Hateful Eight where he completely won me over. The unexpected whodunit aspect of this deeply untrustworthy tale took on a life of its own, and the delectable dialogue so memorably delivered just delighted me at every turn.
The Hateful Eight:: Director: Quentin Tarantino :: Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Walton Goggins, Michael Madsen, Zoë Bell, Bruce Dern, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Channing Tatum, Demian Bichir:: Rating: R18 - Graphic violence, sexual violence & offensive language:: Running Time: 168 minutes:: Release Date: In cinemas now