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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.

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Cast

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Mr. Simms
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Stack
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Ball
Samuel Monroe Jr. ...
Bulldog
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Strom
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Martin Moorehouse
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Clarence
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Newton
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Billy
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Carl
Brandon Hammond ...
Walter
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Richard
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Sissy
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Duke Metger
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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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Where nightmares and reality meet on the street See more »

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Crime | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic brutal violence and strong language

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Release Date:

24 May 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Boys Do Get Bruised  »

Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$11,797,927 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Mr. Simms: I have some iodine in the lab.
Stack: Hey, man! I don't need nothing from no house of dead folks! Besides, I ain't no baby!
Mr. Simms: Of course you're not.
Ball: Sure looked like one when that door swung open!
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Connections

References Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1962) See more »

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Ol' Dirty's Back
Performed by Ol' Dirty Bastard
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Mediocre horror anthology film with one excellent tale
28 June 1999 | by (Fargo, North Dakota) – See all my reviews

Tales From the Hood, another horror anthology film dripping with EC comics-style ghoulishness, strings together four stories told by a wild-haired, macabre funeral director (Clarence Williams III) to a trio of gangbangers seeking their missing drug stash in a mortuary. Virtually all of the tales are familiar -- walking corpses and voodoo dolls are staples of the format -- but director Rusty Cundieff makes every effort to inject the proceedings with social morality. Child abuse, racism, and police brutality each get a pretty heavy-handed treatment, but the last story, involving a voluntary "behavior modification" technique for an unrepentant killer (ala A Clockwork Orange) explodes off the screen. In the film's most powerful sequence, Cundieff serves up a quickly cut montage of unsettling images culled from a number of state historical archives depicting vicious, stomach-churning lynchings meant to deter the rapacious young killer from wanting to harm any more people. It's potent stuff, and makes one wish the rest of the film had this kind of intensity.


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