How ‘The Hateful Eight’ Connects to ‘Inglourious Basterds’
Quentin Tarantino is fond of connecting his films with one another via little details and character names, like Reservoir Dogs’ Vic Vega and Pulp Fiction’s Vincent Vega, or the Big Kahuna Burger chain and Red Apple cigarettes that appear in many of his films. If you’re curious about how the director’s wintry western is connected to the TCU (Tarantino Cinematic Universe), then The Hateful Eight’s Tim Roth has your answer.
The film doesn’t begin hitting theaters until Christmas, so tread lightly if you wish to avoid spoilers — though as far as this one goes, it’s pretty minor. Still, it might be fun to try and sort it out for yourself when you see The Hateful Eight in the next couple of weeks.
In addition to featuring the Red Apple brand of cigarettes that have appeared in every one of his films (save for Reservoir Dogs and Django Unchained), The Hateful Eight also has a connection to a character in another Tarantino movie. As Tim Roth tells The Huffington Post, his character is the great-great-grandfather of one of the guys in Inglourious Basterds, Tarantino’s WWII revenge revisionist epic. How so? Highlight the area below if you want to know:
During the third act, Mobray attempts to negotiate a deal with Samuel L. Jackson’s Major Marquis Warren — there’s a bounty on Mobray’s head, but it’s under his outlaw name: English Pete Hicox. That would make Roth’s character the great-great-grandfather of Michael Fassbender’s Lieutenant Archie Hicox.
So far, the cigarettes and Roth’s character are the only Tarantino universe connections we know of, though there might have been more if the director had stuck to his original plan of publishing The Hateful Eight as a sequel novel to Django Unchained.