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Tales from the Hood (1995)

R | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 24 May 1995 (USA)
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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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Rusty Cundieff
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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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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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic brutal violence and strong language

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Trivia

Tom Wright in another horror anthology Creepshow 2 also plays a ghost getting revenge on his killer known as "the Hitchhiker". See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Bulldog: Really, though.
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Alternate Versions

In most broadcast TV versions, along with omitting/replacing the profanity, some versions show Walter's body in the casket at the end of his story "Boys Do Get Bruised" instead of the charred remains of his mother's abusive boyfriend Carl. See more »

Connections

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The Grave
Performed by N.G.N. Featuring Killa
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Mediocre horror anthology film with one excellent tale
28 June 1999 | by pooch-8See 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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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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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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