The acclaimed director has declared he will step away from movies when he has made 10 pictures, leaving him with two more projects after his latest release The Hateful Eight.

Tarantino has now revealed he wants to use his last two films to explore the horror genre and make an old-fashioned gangster drama.

"There is not a genre left where I have that same burning desire I had to do a World War II movie or a martial arts movie," he tells Time Out New York. "I think maybe the one genre left might be a 1930s gangster movie, that kind of John Dillinger thing...

"And if I had all the time in the world, I would love to make a really, really scary horror film, like The Exorcist."

However, Tarantino is not sure whether he will be able to make a serious horror movie: "I don't know if me taking my sense of humour and putting it in the back seat just to hit a tone of dread from beginning to end is the best use of my talents or my time."

He adds of his decision to retire from filmmaking, "I don't want to be the guy who's doing this forever. There should be an end. And I should take responsibility for that. I've gotten more solid on that idea. I think a lot of directors, if not all directors, think they have more time than they do.

"Certainly the reasons for making a film become sharper. It's not about making a movie to pay for your alimony. You don't make a movie just because 'blah blah blah' wants to work with you."