The Hateful Eight
Film score by
ReleasedDecember 18, 2015
RecordedJuly 2015
StudioCNSO/Sound Trust Studios, Prague
LabelDecca Records, Third Man Records
Ennio Morricone chronology
En mai, fais ce qu'il te plait
The Hateful Eight
The Correspondence
Quentin Tarantino film soundtrack chronology
Django Unchained
The Hateful Eight
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Movie-wave.net4/5 stars[3]
Soundtrack Geek88.5/100[5]
Filmtracks.com4/5 stars[6]

The Hateful Eight is the soundtrack album to Quentin Tarantino's motion picture The Hateful Eight. The soundtrack includes the first complete original score for a Tarantino film and is composed, orchestrated and conducted by Ennio Morricone. Morricone composed 50 minutes of original music for The Hateful Eight.

The Hateful Eight was the composer's first score for a Western film since Buddy Goes West (1981) and the first for a Hollywood production since Ripley's Game (2002).[7] The score features notable horror references including Morricone's repurposed score from John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) and "Regan's Theme" from The Exorcist II, which serve the sinister mood.[8]

In addition to Morricone's music, the album includes three songs which are featured in the film; The White Stripes' "Apple Blossom" (2000), David Hess' "Now You're All Alone" (1972) (originally from The Last House on the Left's soundtrack) and Roy Orbison's "There Won't Be Many Coming Home" (1966), as well as dialogue clips from the film. The trailer used the instrumental version of the song "Same Ol'" from The Heavy.

The soundtrack won a Golden Globe[9] and Academy Award for Best Original Score on 28 February 2016.

The opening track, "L’ultima diligenza di Red Rock" (Versione Integrale), was released as a single online on December 15, 2015.[10] In December 2016, it gained a nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition for Mr. Morricone.


Tarantino originally wanted Morricone to compose the soundtrack for Inglourious Basterds. However, Morricone refused because of the sped-up production schedule of the film.[11][12] He also turned down an offer to write some music for Pulp Fiction in 1994.[13]

Tarantino previously used Morricone's music in Kill Bill, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds, and Django Unchained, and Morricone also wrote an original song, "Ancora Qui", sung by Elisa, for the latter.[14][15]

Morricone had previously made statements that he would "never work" with Tarantino after Django Unchained. The composer stated Tarantino used the music “without coherence” and that he "wouldn’t like to work with him again, on anything".[16] Ennio Morricone quickly released a statement clarifying that his remarks were taken out of context,[17] Morricone said that he has "great respect for Tarantino" and that he is "glad he chooses my music".[18] Morricone also said that because Tarantino chooses his music "it is a sign of artistic brotherhood".[19][20]

Ultimately Morricone changed his mind and agreed to score The Hateful Eight.[21]

On June 12, 2015, Quentin Tarantino held court at Italy's 59th David di Donatello Awards in Rome, which he attended to collect prizes from several years back for Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained. Tarantino was handed two statuettes by Ennio Morricone. Both artists revealed that they met a day earlier and that Morricone agreed to compose music for a Tarantino movie.[22] In July 2015, Quentin Tarantino announced after the screening of footage of his upcoming movie The Hateful Eight at the San Diego Comic-Con International that Ennio Morricone will score the film, the first Western Morricone has scored since 1981.[23]

Recording process

Morricone supplied music largely inspired by The Hateful Eight's screenplay. The music is moody, tension-building work with music box nods to the Italian Giallo genre.[24]

The recording sessions began on July 18 at the Czech National Symphony Orchestra ’s studio "soundtrust" in Hostivař, Prague. Morricone previously conducted the orchestra CNSO for his soundtrack to Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Best Offer (2013) and during his 60th Anniversary Tour. Quentin Tarantino was also present during the 3-day recording sessions to supervise the work.[25]

In an August 2015 interview with Vulture, when Tarantino was asked how Morricone's score sounded, he joked, "It's horrible. What do you expect me to say?...You'll hear it when you see it. It's absolutely abysmal. No, there’s no whistling in this score."[26]

In a September 2015 interview with Dutch television broadcaster AVROTROS, Morricone stated that he did not want to repeat himself: "Can I repeat for Tarantino what I've done for Sergio Leone? It's not possible, right? It would be absurd. It would make Tarantino's movie look hideous, because that music is old, you see. I had to write it in another way. But I have written very important music for him. I don't know if he directly realized that, or if the others did. They didn't expect that music, that's why they didn't understand it. But he told me, after he had listened to it twice: it's ok, I like it. But at first it had been a shock. He had expected something completely different. But I didn't give that to him, because I didn't want to give him something he knew already."[27]

Track listing

All tracks composed, orchestrated, and conducted by Ennio Morricone, except where noted:[28][29]

1."L’ultima diligenza di Red Rock" (The Last Stage to Red Rock) [Versione Integrale]"Ennio Morricone7:30
2."Ouverture"Ennio Morricone3:11
3."Major Warren Meet Daisy Domergue"Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kurt Russell and Samuel L. Jackson (dialogue)0:32
4."Narratore letterario (Literary Narrator)"Ennio Morricone1:59
5."Apple Blossom" (from De Stijl (2000))The White Stripes2:13
6."Frontier Justice"Tim Roth and Kurt Russell (dialogue)1:50
7.""L’ultima diligenza di Red Rock" (The Last Stage to Red Rock) [#2]"Ennio Morricone2:37
8."Neve (Snow)"Ennio Morricone12:16
9."This Here Is Daisy Domergue"Kurt Russell and Michael Madsen (dialogue)1:01
10."Sei cavalli (Six Horses)"Ennio Morricone1:21
11."Raggi di sole sulla montagna (Rays of Sun on the Mountain)"Ennio Morricone1:41
12."Son of the Bloody Nigger Killer of Baton Rouge"Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins and Bruce Dern (dialogue)2:43
13."Jim Jones at Botany Bay (feat. Kurt Russell)"Jennifer Jason Leigh (dialogue)4:10
14."Neve (Snow) [#2]"Ennio Morricone2:05
15."Uncle Charlie’s Stew"Samuel L. Jackson, Demián Bichir and Walton Goggins (dialogue)1:41
16."I quattro passeggeri (The Four Passengers)"Ennio Morricone1:49
17."La musica prima del massacro (Music Before the Massacre)"Ennio Morricone2:00
18."L’inferno bianco (White Hell) [Synth]"Ennio Morricone3:31
19."The Suggestive Oswaldo Mobray"Tim Roth, Walton Goggins and Kurt Russell (dialogue)0:47
20."Now You’re All Alone" (from The Last House on the Left (1972))David Hess1:29
21."Sangue e neve (Blood and Snow)"Ennio Morricone2:05
22."L'inferno bianco (White Hell) [Ottoni]"Ennio Morricone3:31
23."Neve (Snow) [#3]"Ennio Morricone2:02
24."Daisy’s Speech"Walton Goggins, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Michael Madsen (dialogue)1:32
25."La lettera di Lincoln (The Lincoln Letter) [Strumentale]"Ennio Morricone1:41
26."La lettera di Lincoln (The Lincoln Letter) [Con dialogo]"Ennio Morricone and Walton Goggins (dialogue)1:46
27."There Won’t Be Many Coming Home" (from The Fastest Guitar Alive (1967))Roy Orbison2:44
28."La puntura della morte (The Sting of Death)"Ennio Morricone0:27

Film music not included on the album

  1. "Regan's Theme (Floating Sound)"—Ennio Morricone (from Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977))
  2. "Eternity"—Ennio Morricone (from The Thing (1982))
  3. "Silent Night"—Demián Bichir[30]
  4. "Bestiality"—Ennio Morricone (from The Thing)
  5. "Despair"—Ennio Morricone (from The Thing)

The film's trailer used Welshly Arms' cover of "Hold On, I'm Coming", although this is not used in the film itself.[31]

For Your Consideration track listing

As with all awards seasons, a For Your Consideration album leaked online, featuring a number of differences from the general release album.

1."Ouverture"Ennio Morricone3:11
2."Titoli Principali"Ennio Morricone4:40
3."Capitolo Tre"Ennio Morricone3:23
4."Cominciando A Vedere"Ennio Morricone3:23
5."La Pugnalata Della Morte"Ennio Morricone0:33
6."Andiamo Un Po' Indietro"Ennio Morricone1:00
7."Io Non Ho La Pistola"Ennio Morricone1:03
8."Narratore letterario"Ennio Morricone1:59
9."I quattro passeggeri"Ennio Morricone1:49
10."La musica prima del massacro"Ennio Morricone2:00
11."Com'e Il Caffè?"Ennio Morricone1:18
12."Svegliati Bambino Bianco"Ennio Morricone3:31
13."La lettera di Lincoln"Ennio Morricone1:44
14."Titoli Finali"Ennio Morricone1:39


Score composed, orchestrated, conducted and produced by Ennio Morricone.


Award Date of Ceremony Category Recipient Outcome
Academy Awards[32] February 28, 2016 Best Original Score Ennio Morricone Won
Austin Film Critics Association Awards[33] December 29, 2015 Best Score Ennio Morricone Won
British Academy Film Awards[34] February 14, 2016 Best Original Music Ennio Morricone Won
Chicago Film Critics Association[35] December 21, 2015 Best Original Score Ennio Morricone Won
Central Ohio Film Critics Association[36] January 7, 2016 Best Original Score Ennio Morricone Won
Critics' Choice Movie Awards[37] January 17, 2016 Best Composer Ennio Morricone Won
Denver Film Critics Society[38] January 11, 2016 Best Original Score Ennio Morricone Won
Houston Film Critics Society Awards[39] January 17, 2016 Best Original Score Ennio Morricone Won
Golden Globe Awards[40] January 10, 2016 Best Original Score Ennio Morricone Won
Indiana Film Journalists Association Awards[41] January 4, 2016 Best Musical Score Ennio Morricone Nominated
New York Film Critics Circle Awards December 2, 2015 Special Award Ennio Morricone Won
San Diego Film Critics Society[42] December 14, 2015 Best Use of Music in a Film The Hateful Eight Won
Los Angeles Film Critics Association, 2nd place December 2015 Best Score Ennio Morricone Won
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association December 2015 Best Score Ennio Morricone Nominated
AWFJ Award January 12, 2016 Best Film Music Or Score Ennio Morricone Won
DFWFCA Award 2nd place 2015 Best Musical Score Ennio Morricone Won
FFCC Award 2015 Best Score Ennio Morricone Nominated
Georgia Film Critics Association[43] January 8, 2016 Best Original Score Ennio Morricone Won


Chart (2015–16) Peak
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[44] 54
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[45] 18
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[46] 69
French Albums (SNEP)[47] 126
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[48] 82
Irish Albums (IRMA)[49] 96
Italian Compilation Albums (FIMI)[50] 3
Italian Vinyl Records (FIMI)[51] 8
UK Soundtrack Albums (VG-lista)[52] 11


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