When word of director Quentin Tarantino's newest project, The Hateful Eight, came to light, it wasn't terribly surprising that famed Italian composer Ennio Morricone was enlisted.

Along with his famed work alongside Sergio Leone for the spaghetti western Dollars trilogy and an impossibly long catalog of other celebrated Italian directors, Morricone has become an obvious go-to for Tarantino, working together now on six separate films since 2003's Kill Bill. Now, just a few weeks before the film's Christmas Day premiere (and January 8th worldwide release), fans can get a preview of the soundtrack with the opener 'L'Ultima Diligenza di Red Rock', which was actually supposed to be used in John Carpenter's 1982 horror sci-fi classic The Thing (which, perhaps coincidentally, also stars Kurt Russell - one of the main actors in The Hateful Eight) but was left out of the final score.

Listen to 'L'Ultima Diligenza di Red Rock' below.