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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Rusty Cundieff (written by) &
Darin Scott (written by)
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Release Date:
24 May 1995 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Where nightmares and reality meet on the street See more »
Plot:
A strange funeral director tells four strange tales of horror with an African American focus to three drug dealers he traps in his place of business. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
"Horror" is not the right word here folks See more (49 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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

Art Evans ... Eli
Rosalind Cash ... Dr. Cushing
Lamont Bentley ... Crazy K

Don Dowe ... Cell orderly #1
Moon Jones ... Cell orderly #2
Chris Edwards ... Ty
Troy Cartwright ... Craig

Brenden Jefferson ... Snoop
Erika Hansen ... Anchorwoman
Tim Hutchinson ... Councilman Rogers
John A. Cundieff ... Funeral priest
Joseph Anthony Farris ... Reporter #1
Dawn Gilliam ... Reporter #2

April Barnett ... Reporter #3

Bobby McGee ... Limo driver
Christina Cundieff ... Miss Cobbs
Ricky Harris ... Lil' Deke

Darin Scott ... Top cop

Mark Christopher Lawrence ... Prison guard
Rick Dean ... Tattooed man

Lira Angel ... Nurse Roland
Scotty Brulee ... Young Tracy
Ryan Williams ... Gangster #1

Kamau Holloway ... Gangster #2
Tasha Johnson ... Little girl who gets shot
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tuck John Porter ... Extra Devil Dancer
Cameron ... Image Maker (uncredited)

T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh ... School Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by
Rusty Cundieff 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Rusty Cundieff (written by) &
Darin Scott (written by)

Produced by
Elaine Dysinger .... line producer
Spike Lee .... executive producer
Darin Scott .... producer
 
Original Music by
Christopher Young 
 
Cinematography by
Anthony B. Richmond 
 
Film Editing by
Charles Bornstein 
 
Casting by
Tony Lee 
 
Production Design by
Stuart Blatt 
 
Costume Design by
Tracey White 
 
Makeup Department
Joanetta Stowers .... key makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Douglas Aarniokoski .... first assistant director
Dan Katzman .... first assistant director: additional photography
 
Art Department
Chris Grantz .... lead man
Inga Helgesson .... scenic artist
Blanche Sindelar .... property master
 
Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... supervising sound re-recording mixer
Peter Bergren .... sound effects editor
Stanley Carr .... boom operator
Anthony M. McCovey .... boom operator
Alyson Dee Moore .... foley artist
Oliver L. Moss .... production sound mixer
Brad Sherman .... sound re-recording mixer
Andrew Somers .... dialogue editor
 
Special Effects by
Evan Campbell .... sculptor
Lou Carlucci .... special effects coordinator
Michael Deak .... on-set effects supervisor
Lance Gilmer .... special effects technician
Steve Koch .... painter: Chiodo Brothers Productions
Mark Villalobos .... puppet fabricator
 
Visual Effects by
Chow Emrich .... 3D animator
Brian Jennings .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
F. Pierre Gatling .... stunts
Larry Holt .... stunts
Monty L. Simons .... stunts
Robair Sims .... stunt double
Robair Sims .... stunt performer
Eddie L. Watkins .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Art Brown .... first assistant camera
Anthony Doublin .... minature photographer
Rory Robert Knepp .... camera operator: "a" camera
Ron Kunecke .... night light operator
Jordan Levy .... assistant camera
Chris Milani .... electrician
Drex Reed .... effects gaffer
Jonathan 'Chunky' Richmond .... second assistant camera
Rick Tiedeman .... Steadicam operator
Don Tomich .... best boy electric
James WilderHancock .... grip (as James Hancock)
Vernon Wynne .... electrician
Todd R. Beveridge .... additional second assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Kent Burton .... animator
 
Casting Department
Monica R. Cooper .... extras casting
 
Editorial Department
David Orr .... color timer
Barry S. Silver .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Pete Anthony .... orchestrator
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Mark Kilian .... assistant to composer
Larry Robinson .... music supervisor
Christopher Young .... conductor
Christopher Young .... orchestrator
 
Transportation Department
Michael Burnette .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Tony Barbagiovanni .... production assistant
Tuck John Porter .... assistant illustrator
David Wadley .... production assistant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Boys Do Get Bruised" - USA (segment title)
"Hard-Core Convert" - USA (segment title)
"KKK Comeuppance" - USA (segment title)
"Rogue Cop Revelation" - USA (segment title)
"Welcome to My Mortuary" - USA (segment title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for graphic brutal violence and strong language
Runtime:
98 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The film was recently featured in an article on the horror film website "Shocktillyoudrop.com" featuring films released in the summer every year since 1979. The article became so popular enough, that the producer of the film, Darin Scott to give his thanks and praise to the article and its writer.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the tale of the crooked cops: The name of the murdered man who seeks revenge is listed in the police database as "Martin Ezekell Moorehouse", but his tombstone reads "Martin Ezekiel Moorehouse".See more »
Quotes:
Mr. Simms:It's here, in the coffins! WHERE ELSE would I hide it?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Embalmer (1996)See more »
Soundtrack:
The GraveSee more »

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35 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
"Horror" is not the right word here folks, 7 April 2002
Author: dee.reid from United States

"Tales from the Hood" centers around three drug-dealing youths. The movie opens up with the three of them walking up to a funeral home run by a creepy mortician named Simms(Clarence Williams III). They are at the funeral home to pick up a stash of drugs. Instead of getting right down to business, Simms entertains the three men with some rather grisly stories.

In the first story, "Rogue Cop Revelation", three white, racist cops murder a black politician; all the while a black police officer is watching the entire thing. The black officer is then told that if he opens his mouth, he will join the politician. A year later, the politician from beyond the grave contacts the officer so he can get revenge on the cops who killed him.

In the second story, "Boys Do Get Bruised", as some people have claimed, is an interesting twist right out of "The Twilight Zone". A new boy at a school shows up the first day with a bunch of bruises on his arm. His teacher begins to get very concerned about this. The boy tells the teacher he got the bruises from the "monster" that lives in his house.

In the third story, "KKK Comeuppance", a former Ku Klux Klansman-turned-politician moves into a mansion that was once the sight of a horrible slave massacre that occurred around the end of the Civil War. There is a lot of distrust towards him, because of his shady history. He is told by many of the protesters that a bunch of voodoo dolls, which are inhabited by the souls of the murdered slaves, are still on the mansion grounds. The politician shrugs all of this off as just local superstition, until his assistant (who might I add is black) dies mysteriously. Soon it becomes clear that the politician is not alone in his brand new house.

In the fourth story, "Hard Core Convert", a gangster is arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment for murder. Some years after being sent to prison, he's offered a chance to be released, if he agrees to be a participant in a brand new experiment. It is here that elements of "A Clockwork Orange" begin to come into play.

Being African-American myself I feel "Tales from the Hood" is one of the most important "horror" films to come out of the nineties. I really like the fact that all though most of these stories are fiction, they all are based on reality and have many issues surrounding the African-American community that need to be addressed. Issues such as police brutality, child abuse, racism, and black-on-black crime are all brought to light here. I admit that although the horror elements of the movie are a bit cheesy, it does get its message across without much trouble. The stories themselves, while they aren't too original, are very well written.

The first segment, which may be the weakest of the four stories, has one of the more important issues, which is police brutality. The idea is sooner or later, the cops would get their comeuppance. You see the three white officers probably still would not have been proved guilty, even if the black officer had said something. Surprisingly, the black officer is not spared from the dead politician's wrath.

The second story is probably the one that I find the most ironic. This story proves that monsters do exist in real life, although they may not always be in the form of what we've come to expect.

The third story is probably the mediocre of the bunch. This story gives a new meaning "reparations". It also shows us that racism really is ugly and that sooner or later, somebody in the present is going to pay for someone else's past evil deeds.

The fourth story will prove to be the most important as it revolves around the topic of black-on-black crime. The main character of this story is an uncaring and unsympathetic young man who would kill everyone on Earth given the chance. The best example of this is during the sensory deprivation scene where he begins seeing hallucinations of all the people he's killed. It also shows when innocent people are caught in the crossfire. The scariest part of this whole movie takes place during this segment of the film. It is in the part where the main character is sitting in the cage before his treatment and he starts a conversation with the man sitting beside him. The man as we quickly see, is a white supremacist. The man then begins talking about how the gangbangers are always killing each other off, thus helping along his theory of "cleansing". What makes this so scary is that it is true and that nothing is being done about it. The issue of gang violence is something that really needs to be addressed.

"Tales from the Hood" is a very good movie no doubt, despite its flaws. But you need to watch this movie, not expecting a horror film, but a very important social studies lesson.

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