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Tales from the Hood (1995)


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Boyz N the Hood meets Tales from the Crypt in this alternately horrific, funny, and socially conscious anthology film. The four grim vignettes are framed by the tale of three street hoods who break into Mr. Simm's inner-city funeral home to find a stash of drugs. The mortician puts them off, by telling them a few eerie stories about his "patrons." ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi



Aug 21, 2001

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[This] predictably trite Tales isn't very scary.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Decent concept. Poor execution.

July 14, 2005
Juicy Cerebellum

As uneven as anthology films often are, but occasionally good, goofy fun.

March 17, 2004
New Times

Both fails to be the witty satire that it was promoted as being and the serious scarefest it actually aspires to be.

January 13, 2004 Full Review Source:

E.C. Comics-style horror films are the LAST place one should attempt serious social commentary.

October 3, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

The stories do get better as they go along, though all of them will seem overly familiar to fans of the genre.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Tales from the Hood

Mr. Simms: This ain't no funeral home! It ain't the Terror Dome, neither! Welcome to Hell, motherfuckers! 

"Where nightmares and reality meet on the streets."

Tales from the Hood is actually a fairly decent little horror anthology. There's just enough humor to make all the stories go over pretty well. There are some recognizable faces including Corbin Bernsen(In the most ridiculous of all the stories) and David Allen Grier. 

After three gangsters descend upon a funeral home in order to get their "shit" a mortician begins to tell them stories. The first story is of a black activist who is bringing down the crooked cops. The second is of a young student who is being tortured by a monster. The third is a former KKK member is running for office and is living in a house where a huge massacre of slaves occurred. Now the slaves souls live on in little dolls. The fourth is of a gangster who has killed many of his brothers and is treated to the same sorta of deal that Alex was in A Clockwork Orange. Rating these stories from best to worst; I'll go with the young student as the best, crooked cops in second, A Clockwork Orange storyline third and the dolls in fourth. 

The best part of the anthology is actually when stories aren't being told and we are in the funeral home with the crazy mortician and the three gangsters. The start and ending are both really cool. The ending is hilarious, as is a lot of the movie. It's definitely worth a watch if you're into horror anthologies. As far as those go, Tales from the Hood isn't all that bad.
September 25, 2011
Melvin White

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I'm not going to add much, since most has been said already. I just wanted to state that I really enjoyed this movie. It not only pays a good homage to the classic EC comics (or at least the adapted early movie versions or series) but it manages to portray profound messages in a very powerful manner. The effects are pretty good as well and there's some nice gore so horror fans should be satisfied. I think that it's really one of the few movies that successfully combine horror and moral.

The soundtrack is also very good - This movie was made in 95' - a time where hip hop in my opinion had reached it's highest point. So it's definitely worth a look!

October 4, 2009

Super Reviewer

A great anthology of African American based horror tales.

The Framing Story was a group of drug dealers visiting a funeral home and getting the stories before their drugs.

#1 - A tale of white police officers killing an innocent black man, and then then getting it back good and gorey.

#2 - A great story about a teacher visiting the parents of a boy who is drawing pictures of a monster. A surprising tale.

#3 - A governor is haunted by little slave dolls. Creepy as heck.

#4 - A boy in prison undergoes an experimental new treatment. Cool and eye-opening.

It's a great horror flick, with lots of scary scenes.

I really liked the ending at the funeral parlor.
July 14, 2007

Super Reviewer

This film tries for an overall moral lesson while also trying to be a cool horror film. It, unfortunately, doesn't succeed and just comes off as cheesy.
July 23, 2011

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