Tales from the Hood (1995)

R   |    |  Crime, Drama, Horror


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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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  • Anthony Griffith and Tom Wright in Tales from the Hood (1995)
  • Lamont Bentley and Clarence Williams III in Tales from the Hood (1995)
  • Director Rusty Cundieff on the set.

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9 September 2011 | krachtm
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| One of the better horror anthologies
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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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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