The eight gunslingers in Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight really are hateful, so why do we like watching them so much, and so long, 3 and a half hours, give or take, including an overture and intermission. Not only can’t you take your eyes off them, you want to catch every word of Quentin Tarantino’s clever script. Utilizing the tropes of Westerns—he claims The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly was a big influence-- Tarantino’s Western borders on horror, as the eight come together in a cabin in a snowstorm. Act I features a stagecoach: John Ruth (Kurt Russell), a bounty hunter, wants to bring his charge, Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), to Red Rock for hanging, and for the reward. Another bounty hunter, Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), wants a ride. He wisely advises, better to bring her in dead. Driving past a Christ on the Cross, this company arrives at a storm hounded pit stop, and the rest of the bearded group: Bruce Dern, Tim Roth, Demian Bichir, Michael Madsen, and Walton Goggins. You might say, after watching these mesmerizing events, for these men crucifixion might be a blessing.