Ennio Morricone says he was ‘shocked’ by the violence in Quentin Tarantino’s new movie

Legendary composer has written the score for the director's epic western 'The Hateful Eight'

Legendary composer Ennie Morricone has admitted that he was “shocked” by the violence in Quentin Tarantino’s new film, epic western The Hateful Eight.

Though the director has used Morricone’s music in his movies before, The Hateful Eight marks the first time that the Italian veteran has written the score for one of his films.

During an event at London’s Abbey Road Studios attended by The Telegraph, Morricone admitted that he was “nervous” about working with Tarantino “because I thought he deserved something very special for what he had done [with the film]”.

The composer added: “I have been impressed and even shocked by the violence of some of his sequences… but after giving a second thought to that I realised that yes, we are shocked by the horror of this violence but, if we think of the victims of this violence we realise that Tarantino’s position is always on the side of the underclass.”

Morricone had spoken less highly of Tarantino in 2013, when he claimed that the director “places music in films without coherence”. At the time, the composer said: “I wouldn’t like to work with him again, on anything.”

Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight will open in US cinemas on December 25 before being released in the UK on January 8. Its running time is rumoured to exceed three hours.

Set in Wyoming shortly after the Civil War, the film revolves around eight strangers seeking shelter at a stagecoach passover called Minnie’s Haberdashery during a blizzard.

Samuel L Jackson stars as a notorious bounty hunter called Major Marquis Warren, while Kurt Russell plays ‘The Hangman’, a bounty hunter known for hanging the fugitives he captures. Jennifer Jason Leigh co-stars as Daisy Domergue, a fugitive wanted dead or alive for murder who has been captured by Russell’s character.

The film’s cast also includes Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern.