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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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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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Chill or be Chilled See more »

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Crime | Horror | Thriller

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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

Funeral director (Clarence Williams III) says he is not a drug dealer. Williams later played drug lord Samson Simpson in Half Baked (1998). See more »

Goofs

In the third segment with the killer dolls: The blood on the painting disappears later on. See more »

Quotes

Martin Moorehouse: Clarence! Bring them to me! Bring them to ME!
Clarence: I will! I will! I will!
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

I'm Talkin' To Myself
Performed by NME And Grench The Mean 1
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One of the better horror anthologies
9 September 2011 | by (New York) – See 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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