Quentin Tarantino is one sly dog! For a long time people have claimed that all his movies were within a shared universe. However, when fans tried to put the puzzle pieces together, some things never quite fit. That was until Tarantino confirmed in an interview with The Project that all his movies are connected in TWO different universes. Here is the evil genius himself:
“There is actually two separate universes,” he explained. “There is the realer than real universe, alright, and all the characters inhabit that one. But then there's this movie universe. So From Dusk Till Dawn, Kill Bill, they all take place in this special movie universe. So when all the characters of Reservoir Dogs or Pulp Fiction, when they go to the movies, Kill Bill is what they go to see. From Dusk Till Dawn is what they see.”
Where does each movie fit?
After reading an awesome article on IFC written by Cher Martinetti I was able to somewhat piece together how each movie fits into each universe. Remember this is all speculative!
Universe One's Movies
We know Reservoir Dogs is connected to Pulp Fiction via the Vega brothers, but it also has a connection to Natural Born Killers via the Scagnetti brothers.
When we first really meet Vic, we find out that he’s fresh out of jail and has no love for his parole officer Seymour Scagnetti. Turns out Scagnetti’s got a sadistic brother too, Det. Jack Scagnetti. The other Scagnetti brother became famous for tracking down and catching a pair of star-crossed, serial killing lovers named Micky and Mallory Knox in the Tarantino-scripted Natural Born Killers.
In Reservoir Dogs, Mr. White mentions a girl named Alabama, who turns up as one of the main characters in True Romance. True Romance is connected to Inglourious Basterds because Alabama sells a bag of cocaine to Lee Donowitz whose dad is Sgt. Donny Donowitz, a.k.a. "The Bear Jew."
So in conclusion you have Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Natural Born Killers, True Romance, and Inglourious Basterds in universe one.
Universe Two's Movies
Tarantino confirmed From Dusk Till Dawn and Kill Bill would be in universe two. Kill Bill connects to Django: Unchained because Beatrice gets buried in the grave of Paula Schultz, supposedly the bride of Dr. King Schultz. In the movie Curdled, we see the Gecko brothers on TV which means that the Tarantino-produced movie is also connected to universe two. Earl and Ed McGraw show up as Texas Rangers in From Dusk Till Dawn, Kill Bill, and Grindhouse making it safe to assume Grindhouse slides into universe two.
So in conclusion you have From Dusk Till Dawn, Kill Bill Volume 1 & 2, Django: Unchained, Curdled, and Grindhouse in universe two.
The Hateful Eight
So where does Tarantino's newest feature The Hateful Eight fit into this intricate mess? In an interview with Digital Spy Tarantino told fans to be on the look for a character in Hateful Eight related to someone else in another one of his movies.
“I don’t want to say it point blank ‘boom!', but if you’re a fan of my work and are familiar with it you could be a bit of a detective. I will say that there is one character amongst the eight that is related to one of my other characters in one of my other films.”
Well the guys at Dazed Digital went full detective and found out who that character was. If you haven't seen Hateful Eight and don't want any spoilers go no further!
Actor Tim Roth hadn't been in a Tarantino movie since Pulp Fiction but not for a lack of trying. In fact, Roth was going to be in Inglorius Basterds as Archie Hicox, but due to a scheduling conflict, he couldn't so Michael Fassbender got the role instead. In Hateful Eight, Roth plays Oswaldo Mobray, who says he's the hangman in town, only to reveal later that he is really English Pete Hicox. Could it be that the two are related and Tarantino got us yet again? It seems pretty likely and that puts Hateful Eight in universe one!
Adding to the Mythos
Every character smokes the fictional branded "Red Apple" cigarettes in Tarantino films. The "Kahuna Burger" is mentioned in several movies. In Pulp Fiction, Uma Thurman's character talks about a pilot for a TV show she was on called Fox Force Five, and the snyopsis she gives sounds a lot like Kill Bill!