Tales from the Hood (1995) Movie Review
Written by: ML
Edited by: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Rusty Cundieff
Producers: Darin Scott
Writers: Rusty Cundieff, Darin Scott
Date Released: May 24, 1995
Welcome to My Mortuary
Clarence Williams III as Mr. Simms
Joe Torry as Stack
Samuel Monroe, Jr. as Bulldog
De’Aundre Bonds as Ball
Rogue Cop Revelation
Tom Wright as Martin Moorehouse
Anthony Griffith as Clarence Smith
Wings Hauser as Strom Richmond
Michael Massee as Newton Hauser
Duane Whitaker as Billy Crumfield
Boys Do Get Bruised
Brandon Hammond as Walter Johnson
Rusty Cundieff as Richard Garvy
Paula Jai Parker as Sissy Johnson
David Alan Grier as Carl
Corbin Bernsen as Duke Metger
Roger Guenveur Smith as Rhodie
Art Evans as Eli
Christina Cundieff as Miss Cobbs
Lamont Bentley as Jerome “Crazy K” Johns
Rosalind Cash as Dr. Cushing
Rating = 3.5/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
The story is about a gang who entered a funeral home in the hopes of claiming the drugs that the mortician found in an alley. As they walk to the place where the drugs were hidden, the mortician Mr. Simms began telling stories of the dead. The first story was about a cop who went crazy after failing to do something to help a police brutality incident. The second story was about domestic violence and child abuse endured by a boy from his mother’s new boyfriend. The third story was about a racist man running for governor but does not want to leave his house that is supposed to be empty for the tortured slaves. The fourth story was about a man who was killing his own race but refuses to take responsibility for his crimes. The overarching story ends when the gang in the funeral home never got their drugs.
This movie has a lot of bloody violence and brutality, but less scares. The notable ones include the zombie killing the cop with injections, the monster man breaking his arms and legs and melted on the floor, the tiny dolls eating the man alive, the montage of KKK mob lynching, and the transformation of the devil in hell.
The Grave Review
The idea of stories within a story is a brilliant idea. Having to see short films instead of one long movie is refreshing and definitely not boring.
Rogue Cop Revelation – This segment was the part that tackles police brutality and the zombie victim that sought revenge. Of all the segments, this would trigger anyone. People today would wish that this can happen in real life.
Boys Do Get Bruised – This segment touches on the issue of physical abuse and domestic violence. The best thing about the story is that the child victim was given the power over his abuser to end the violence once and for all.
KKK Comeuppance – This segment deals with racism and how the slave souls trapped in the dolls were able to seek justice. It was weird and gory how the tiny dolls were able to defeat and eat the man.
Hardcore Convert – This segment talks about the issue of gang wars and accepting responsibility for the crimes. The torture procedures were scary, but the fact that the man was not affected leads the viewers back to the anchor story.
Welcome to My Mortuary – This was the anchor story which has the beginning and the ending of the movie. It was brilliantly executed, tying up the short stories to connect with the characters in this segment. The only problem was the annoying gang. Their segment was good and it’s all thanks to Mr. Simms the mortician who was so creepy. There was a fun and brilliant twist that tied all the loose ends of why the movie started with the gang entering the funeral home. The mortician turning out to be the devil all along was awesome.
Note that the horror in this movie comes from the real-life scenarios of the segments. There may be zombies, monsters, haunted dolls, and evil experiments, but the scares are happening in the real world.
If there is a thing to love about this movie, it’s the stories themselves. The plots about police brutality, physical abuse, racism, and gang wars are still relevant today. Turning these true-to-life horror stories into one horror movie is pure genius.
Overall, this movie is recommended for people who are into horror with a mix of social relevance.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Tales From the Hood (1995) three and a half graves out of five graves.
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