Quentin Tarantino on How His Movies Share the Same Universe

Movie universes are very much the popular thing in Hollywood right now. From Marvel and DC to Harry Potter and in-development worlds of Transformers and The Fast and the Furious, connecting your movies is a sure-fire way to keep a franchise alive and keep the dollars rolling in. Now Quentin Tarantino has revealed that most of his movies are part of the same universe too, despite the number of genres and time periods they span.

In an interview with Australian news show The Project, the Hateful Eight director explained that within his movies, there were actually two existing worlds–the “real” and the “realer than real.”

“There is actually two separate universes,” he said. “There is the realer than real universe, 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.”

Tarantino has often hinted about the relationships between characters in his work, without making it explicit. For example, Pulp Fiction‘s Vincent Vega and Reservoir Dogs‘ Vic Vega clearly share the same name, as do Lee Donowitz from True Romance and Donny “The Bear Jew” Donowitz in Inglourious Basterds.

Similarly, True Romance‘s Alabama is mentioned in Reservoir Dogs, and most recently Tim Roth’s Hateful Eight character Pete Hicox is very possibly related to Michael Fassbender’s Lt. Archie Hicox from Inglourious Basterds.

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