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The Hateful Eight | 2015

Following the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry landscape of ‘Wyoming’ carrying bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his captive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to the town of ‘Red Rock’, where Ruth is to face justice.

En route, the stage picks up another bounty hunter, Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L Jackson), and Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), a man claiming to be the town’s new sheriff.

Lost in a blizzard, the travellers seek refuge at ‘Minnie's Haberdashery’ with another bunch of oddball strangers. As the snowbound group struggles to work out who among them might be a ruthless killer, the claustrophobic drama reveals its genesis to be in John Carpenter’s 1982 The Thing, which inspired Tarantino’s script.

The interiors were filmed at Red Studios, 846 North Cahuenga Boulevard in Hollywood. Beginning its life in 1915 as a Metro Pictures (later MGM) backlot, the studio hosted the production of films including High Noon and became both ‘Maroon Studios’ for Robert Zemeckis' Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the ‘Kinograph’ studio for Michel Hazanavicius' Oscar-winning The Artist.

Those snowy exteriors were found in Colorado where the set was built on the Schmid Ranch, 4553 County Road 60M, about ten miles west of downtown Telluride, Colorado, in the shadow of Wilson Peak in the San Miguel Mountains. You'll be delighted to hear you can celebrate your big day here – if you're sure you can trust all those wedding guests.

If Wilson Peak looks oddly familiar, you’ve probably seen it before. It’s the inspiration for ‘Coors Mountain’ – the signature peak seen on beer cans and has been used is countless ad campaigns and promotions.

The 1969 version of True Grit, with John Wayne, was made in the same region.