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

David Alan Grier, known during the early to mid 90's as one of the cast members on the sketch show In Living Color (1990), appeared in a very rare non-comedic role as Carl, the very abusive stepfather during the second segment. See more »

Goofs

When the cop pees on Martin's grave, the mustard bottle used to simulate urination is visible. 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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Connections

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

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One Less Nigga
Performed by MC Eiht
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29 August 2007 | by (Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

"This ain't no funeral parlor. This ain't the terrordome. Welcome to HELL mothaf*#%@!" In not too many words I want to express my respect for one of the most underrated horror movies of the 90s. Like The Twilight Zone it is a segmented film (although all directed by Rusty Cundieff) that spans across a good variety of horror genres. The real horrorshow here, though, is the domestic/racial issues against the black community. Cleverly (and without being preachy or offensive to white people), Cundieff disguised his agenda with rich characters and a bone chilling conclusion.

The HIGHPOINT of this movie for me is the film's proverbial ringleader- a funeral parlor director. The man, brilliantly and hilariously underplayed by a bug-eyed Clarence Williams III, finds a stack of drugs he wants to sell to three young hoods. As you watch you begin to wonder what eerie agenda he really has in store. These scenes tie all the vignettes together.

Also, the final segment is a very profound statement on gang violence (although beware, this is the preachiest segment). I like to call it A Clockwork Black because it applies Anthony Burgress's idea of reversing violence onto the offender onto a gang leader called Krazy K. Those K's in his name aren't a mistake either! Cundieff underlines a necessary argument about between black-on-black violence by comparing K to a neo nazi.

Like any memorable work of horror, Tales remembers to keep its monsters metaphorical. Police brutality, domestic violence, racial profiling, and gang violence are the most hideous creatures found here. I complement Rusty Cundieff on a job well done there. Excessive campiness and at-times generic camera work keep this from being great, but nothing stops its relevance in the genre.

STAR RATING: *** out of 4.


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