Tales from the Hood
An updated twist on the british amicus manufacturing anthology horror movies, famous at some point of the ’60s and ’70s, cundieff’s cult classic uses satire to tackle race and racism (amongst other themes), at the same time as additionally staying authentic to horror genre conventions. It unfolds in much the identical fashion because the amicus films, which usually accompanied a group of strangers who come together to face a few evil soothsayer, and in a sequence of flash-forward or flashback sequences, learn the way they may die, or how they died. In “hood”, three wanna-be hoodlums go to a funeral parlor run via a kooky, creepy mortician (played with verve by means of clarence williams iii), with the goal of buying “determined” capsules from him to then sell on the road.
Of course, they each get extra than they bargained for when williams rather recites four grim horror memories that spook them, and then the mortician well-knownshows his authentic self, and the antisocial trio come to analyze their last fate. No longer handiest does “hood” successfully lampoon the amicus anthology premise, but it also makes mighty commentary (once in a while with biting humor) on a variety of issues unique to the black experience, like police brutality, institutional racism and gang violence. Positive elements might sense dated 23 years later, however “hood” still packs a wallop. Cundieff produced a lesser sequel in 2018.