We always like to start the day off with something fun, so here's a letter that Quentin Tarantino wrote to a 13-year-old girl named Sarah in response to the fan letter she wrote him after From Dusk Till Dawn came out. Unfortunately we don't have Sarah's initial letter to Tarantino, but his response to her is kind and sweet, and we find it hilarious that halfway through the letter he starts recommending Mario Bava films to her. The guy could've easily returned some boring form letter thanking Sarah for being a fan, but instead he penned her a real sincere reply (in QT's standard chicken-scratch writing), encouraging her to keep pursuing her passion for film. Since the letter, as is, is impossible to read (we've posted it below), here's the translation ...
Thank you for your very lovley letter. It's the best letter I've gotten all year long. I'm glad you loved "Dusk", it was one of my favrote times making a movie. And I feel my best performance so far. It's cool to hear a girl into horror flicks.
Rock on Sarah!!
Do you know about Itallion horror film maker Mario Bava? He did Blood and Black Lace, Black Sunday and Black Sabbith. He's one of my favrotes. I read your letter to Mira, she loved it too. Write me anytime. I can't wait for you to get your hands on a camera too.
With all my love
P.S. Sarah, since you liked Dusk so much, coming out soon is a movie we did about the making of "Dusk" called "Full Tilt Boogie". It shows how much fun we had. I hope you like it."
And so what happened to Sarah all these years later? Well, she commented on this post over at Letters of Note, saying that she's 28 now and working on her first screenplay in Austin, Texas. Check out her reply ...
"Well I was the 13 year old girl who received this letter way back when. I'm 28 now ... did go to film school, but for screenwriting. Worked for some movie companies in NYC, now in Austin trying to finish up a script. FDTD might not have been so appropriate for a 13 year old girl, but I loved it all the same, and I didn't turn out all that bad. It actually led me to so many other movies and directors that made me appreciate film as an art, not just a hobby."