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Tales from the Hood (1995)

A funeral director tells four strange tales of horror with an African American focus to three drug dealers he traps in his place of business.

Director:

Rusty Cundieff
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clarence Williams III ... Mr. Simms
Joe Torry ... Stack
De'aundre Bonds ... Ball
Samuel Monroe Jr. ... Bulldog
Wings Hauser ... Strom
Tom Wright ... Martin Moorehouse
Anthony Griffith ... Clarence
Michael Massee ... Newton
Duane Whitaker ... Billy
David Alan Grier ... Carl
Brandon Hammond ... Walter
Rusty Cundieff ... Richard
Paula Jai Parker ... Sissy
Corbin Bernsen ... Duke Metger
Roger Guenveur Smith ... Rhodie
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Storyline

Four short, moralistic horror vignettes (a la EC Comics) that deal with mostly black characters. The framing story introduces three youths out to pick up a drug shipment at a funeral parlor from the strange director, Mr. Simms. As the three punks wind their way through the parlor, Mr. Simms tells them the last stories of some of his more interesting clients. Written by Renee Ann Byrd <byrdie@wyrdbyrd.org>

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Taglines:

Your most terrifying nightmare and your most frightening reality are about to meet on the streets. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic brutal violence and strong language

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Welcome to My Mortuary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,898,983, 29 May 1995

Gross USA:

$11,837,928

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,837,928
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The film's laserdisc release featured a commentary track by the director that was not carried over to the DVD release for some reason. See more »

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Krazy K shoots Deke twice, but Deke ends up with three bullet wounds. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Simms: After you killed Crazy K, a few of his boys killed you! I guess you didn't make it!
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One of the better horror anthologies
9 September 2011 | by krachtmSee all my reviews

Yes, it's flawed, and it's cheesy, and it's over-the-top. It's equal parts clever satire, straight-up homage, and occasionally even a parody. There are many horror, exploitation, and black humor elements sprinkled throughout the movie. I just can't understand why this movie isn't beloved by more people. Maybe it's because the cast is mostly black, and the stories revolve around inner city, black youth? Well, as a white guy from the suburbs, I absolutely loved this movie. It's flawed, of course, but when it works, it works better than most other movies of this type.

If you're not familiar with it, this is a horror anthology highly influenced by Tales from the Crypt, an old 50s horror comic book series that birthed several spin-off movies and an influential TV series. It also takes ample inspiration from the Twilight Zone, Tales from the Dark Side, and Creepshow franchises. If you're a fan of any of these, I'd have to highly recommend Tales from the Hood, especially if you're also into Blaxploitation, from which it also takes some inspiration.

In the time honored tradition of horror/exploitation movies everywhere, the guilty are punished with gory deaths and lessons are learned (frequently too late). Is it preachy, didactic social satire? Perhaps, at times. But it's also entertaining as hell. It has a great cast, some really cheesy, over-top-the-top acting, and was produced by Spike Lee. For me, that makes it almost required viewing.


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