Following the release of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood — the ninth feature film from Quentin Tarantino — the conversation around the acclaimed director immediately began to focus on his tenth, and potentially final, directorial effort.
Despite being in his mid-50s, Tarantino has long been teasing that he plans to retire from movie-making after the release of his tenth feature film.
Tarantino himself hasn’t been shy about the conversation, either, as he’s more than willing to discuss his future plans when asked about them, including about whether he’d consider making a …*checks notes*… horror movie for his final film. A Tarantino horror movie?! Where do we sign up?
“If I come up with a terrific horror film story, I will do that as my tenth film. I love horror movies. I would love to do a horror film,” Tarantino said while speaking during an international press outlet during the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood promotional tour.
“I do actually think that the Spahn Ranch sequence is the closest to a horror sequence. I do think it’s vaguely terrifying. And I didn’t quite realize how good we did it, frankly, until my editor told me. He goes, ‘the Spahn Ranch sequence is a horror film…it’s “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” with a budget.’” [The Independent]
This is far from the first time that Tarantino has discussed what his final film may look like, having previously teased an R-rated Star Trek movie or a third chapter to the epic Kill Bill saga.
As for whether or not we’re actually taking Tarantino at his word about only making ten films, the jury is still out. Between talking about a “Star Trek loophole” and hinting that he’d simply transition to other mediums (such as television), I personally find it hard to believe that one of the greatest filmmakers of the last 30 years would simply call it quits in his prime.