A History Of Quentin Tarantino’s Strange Obsession With Groin Trauma

01.06.16 3 years ago 23 Comments


“Say ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ To Your Nazi Balls”

Quentin Tarantino is a director whose obsessions tend to transcend the boundaries of individual films. While perhaps not as immediately noticeable as, say, Aaron Sorkin’s, Tarantino certainly has his recurring tics. Conversations about Madonna. Characters named “Toothpick Vic.” Everyone constantly smoking. Samuel L. Jackson being awesome. QT gets a lot of grief over his foot fetish, and if you watch Pulp Fiction†, Jackie Brown††, and Kill Bill††† back to back, it would be hard to come away thinking it isn’t well deserved.

But of all Tarantino’s recurring motifs (at least, the specific ones), there’s one in particular that might be his most pervasive. That’s right, I’m talking about characters getting shot (or stabbed, or kicked, but mostly shot) in the dick and/or balls. In my review of The Hateful Eight, I used “shot in the dick” as both metaphor for the type of graphic shock Tarantino likes to use, and as a literal description of a specific scene. I won’t spoil that one with details since it’s still in theaters, other than to say that someone’s penis definitely gets merc’d. An emailer (hi, John!) reminded me of a few other Tarantino #GroinTrauma scenes, and in going back through Tarantino’s movies myself, I rediscovered even more. It turns out, there’s scarcely a Tarantino film in existence that doesn’t include some form of implied or overt #GroinTrauma (#crotchviolence?).

I thought we could go through them, movie by movie, starting with his most recent.

The Hateful Eight (2015)

Yes. See above. Details omitted out of respect to those who haven’t seen it yet.

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