Whether Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" can reach the same Oscar heights as "Inglourious Basterds" remains to be seen, but one thing about the film is certain: there will be blood.

Hence, the latest poster for the Civil War-era revenge-thriller, which sees co-stars Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz (now being pushed for a nomination in the lead rather than supporting actor category) rendered in black-and-white while a spray of bright-red blood and bold red lettering ("Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Vengeance," the tagline proclaims) lets us know Tarantino means business.

While it certainly catches the eye, I honestly would have preferred something a bit more visually unique in this one-sheet than the old red-on-gray approach, particularly given how singular Tarantino is as a filmmaker. While I understand the need to highlight the film's stellar cast, there's certainly a more interesting way they could have gone to accomplish the same goal.

My grade for the poster: C+. After checking it out below, grade it for yourself at top left.

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Leonardo Dicaprio Jamie Foxx Christoph Waltz in the official poster for Quentin Tarantino's DJANGO UNCHAINED

"Django Unchained" hits theaters on December 25.

A former contributor to sites including MTV's The Backlot and Bloody-Disgusting, Chris Eggertsen worked in film development before indulging his love of pop culture writing full time. He specializes in horror, the intersection of social issues and entertainment and Howard Stern. He's on Twitter @HitFixChris.