Tales from the Hood 2 – USA, 2018

Tales from the Hood 2 is a 2018 American supernatural horror anthology feature film written, co-produced and directed by Rusty Cundieff and Darin Scott. It is obviously a belated sequel to their Tales from the Hood (1995). Griff Furst also co-produced and Spike Lee (Da Sweet Blood of Jesus) was an executive producer. The movie stars Alicia Davis JohnsonCreighton Thomas and Keith David.

Mr. Portifoy Simms (Keith David) presents “four horrific stories of lust, greed, pride and politics through tales with demonic dolls, possessed psychics, vengeful vixens and historical ghosts. Mr. Simms’s haunting stories will make you laugh… while you scream.

Squarely in the tradition of outrageous, entertaining anthology horror, but also addressing serious issues with a forceful point of view, just as folklore has done throughout history.”

Reviews:

” …at its best when it’s big, campy, and theatrical, and at its worst when swamped in overly-literal dialogue. So much dialogue and theory could have been delivered better with action and visuals. As it is, the balance of the film – and its palpable fire – gets a passing grade from me.” Andrew Todd, Birth. Movies. Death.

“Although as a whole, this movie plays out as a bit of a mixed bag, in the end, Cundieff’s daring nature allows him to push the envelope farther, more honestly, and onto a more widespread audience than arguably any of his filmmaking peers working in any type of genre.” Kalyn Corrigan, Bloody Disgusting

” …uses the horror genre to impart progressive morality tales, but its cheapness and on-the-nose techniques often make it feel weirdly akin to the worst kind of right wing agitprop (think An American Carol). The film has its heart in the right place, but won’t win any points for subtlety.” Max Evry, Coming Soon

“Add a six-figure sum to its budget and Tales from the Hood 2 might have had impact identical to its predecessor. It’s disheartening that The Powers That Be only ponied up enough dough for direct-to-video quality, particularly when both the political climate and hot horror box office make it a ripe time to plant this style of movie in a multiplex.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt

” …high levels of audacious anti-racist merriment. The glaring mixture of broad slapstick, potent satire, and exploitation-movie blood ‘n’ guts is all part of the film’s sloppy, winning charm.” Eric D. Snider, Crooked Marquee

” …expertly paced with each segment delivering the goods and never overstaying its welcome. It’s fun, funny, thought provoking, and at times wonderfully weird. Cundieff and Scott are original voices in the world of horror cinema, and hopefully two decades after the original film, they will finally get their due.” Mike Vanderbilt, Daily Grindhouse 

“Absurd, redundant, and boring are the first adjectives that came to mind as the final credits rolled up onscreen […] Sadly, the only interesting excerpts of the film are those involving Keith David himself, the crypt keeper of these tales, who is also involved in an absolutely ridiculous storyline that makes no sense whatsoever.” Simon Rother, HorrorMovies.ca

“Politics aside, the humor is great and I did enjoy Keith David’s performance. The stories themselves aren’t necessarily scary. The real horror lies in the overt racism and the realization that after more than 20 years, very little has changed.” Chris Aitkens, Nightmare on Film Street

” … the gory, shocking, funny and unforgettable images that result are the values of Tales from the Hood movies at their best: these shorts are not afraid to go beyond what you might expect. They can be bombastic and poignant all the same, with thrills and a message.” Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com

Tales from the Hood 2 is released by Universal 1440 Entertainment on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital and On Demand on October 2, 2018.

Buy Blu-ray: Amazon.com

Main cast:

  • Keith David
  • Alicia Davis Johnson
  • Creighton Thomas
  • Galen Howard
  • Michael Felix
  • Melissa Hayden
  • Salina Duplessis
  • Jay Mohr
  • Eddie Steeples
  • Moniqua Plante
  • Madeleine Coghlan
  • James Duval
  • Nichelle Nichols
  • Jared Kusnitz
  • Bryan Batt

Filming locations:

Los Angeles and New Orleans

Running time:

111 minutes

Release:

The film’s world premiere was at the Fantasia International Film Festival in July 2018.

Trivia:

Includes a clip from House on Haunted Hill (1959).

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