UPDATE: The Hateful Eight clocked in at an impressive 107 swear words (14 shits, 47 N***ers, 10 Bitchs, 18 ‘Goddamns, and 18 Fucks), and a body count of 16.
From the second the curtains pulled back on his first feature, director Quentin Tarantino has ignited the interest, and occasional ire, of critics for his films’ strong language and frequent use of violence.
Tarantino’s first feature, “Reservoir Dogs“, clocked in at 421 curse words (include 200 ‘Fucks’) and 10 deaths, while the more recent “Inglorious Basterds” and Django Unchained clocked in at a not-too-shabby combined 320 curses, and 95 deaths.
Tarantino’s eighth feature film, “The Hateful Eight,” shot in glorious 65mm, comes out soon, and it’s been described as the story of bounty hunters and rogues seeking refuge from a blizzard after the Civil War — basically “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” meets “Frozen.”
In celebration of its release, the Speakeasy team spent a week on the couch noting every ‘motherfucker’ and murder in Tarantino’s oeuvre. The result is a set of hard-won data that is a must-see for any Tarantino fan.
|Kill Bill: Vol. 2||69||11||6.3|
|Kill Bill: Vol. 1||57||63||0.9|
It’s a given that every Tarantino film will feature plenty of salty language and at least a few murders, however they’re not all created equal. As the data suggests, Tarantino has been trading fucks for deaths as he “matures.” “Reservoir Dogs” features “just” 10 on-screen deaths, but 421 profanities. “Django Unchained,” on the other hand, has “just” 262 profanities but 47 deaths.
It does appear that, by some measures, Tarantino has chilled out since the salad days of “Reservoir Dogs” and “Pulp Fiction.” In 2004’s “Kill Bill: Vol. 2” there’s a remarkable 16-plus-minute stretch with no death or profanity at all. Just regular talking and driving and stuff. Some of it does take place with a pimp in a brothel and a facially scarred prostitute, but still. And when it comes to curses, we’re in the quietest era of his filmography.
|WORD||COUNT||% OF ALL CURSES|
Although Tarantino is an eclectic profaner, using healthy doses of words from the carnal to the scatological, he’s especially fond of expletives of the “F” variety. Tarantino doesn’t give a fuck — he gives hundreds.
“Fuck” is a fantastic word. It might be the single most useful word in the English language. It’s a transitive verb and an intransitive verb. It’s a noun and an interjection. “Fucking” can be an adjective and an intensifier and a gerund. “Fucked” can also be an adjective, with an altogether different meaning. And “fuck,” with all of its deliciously vulgar varietals, is Tarantino’s favorite.
|TYPE OF FUCK||COUNT||% OF ALL FUCKS|
Given how Tarantino has eased back on his obscenities, one could be forgiven for feeling nostalgic for Tarantino’s early, hyper-potty-mouthed days. “Dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick,” the character Mr. Brown, played by Tarantino himself, explains over coffee in the very first scene of Tarantino’s very first feature, “Reservoir Dogs.” “How many dicks is that?” Mr. Blue deadpans. “A lot,” says Mr. White. Or, to be exact, nine out of the 20 dicks in Tarantino’s full catalog.
How will The Hateful Eight compare to the compendium of carnage and curses that we’ve complied? A leaked version of the script suggests that the film will likely sit somewhere in the middle of the pack with upwards of 100 swear words and 16 deaths.
The Hateful Eight is released in New Zealand on Thursday the 21st of January.