Day 6: Tales from the Hood (1995)
Why I love it:
- It’s 4 separate horror stories in one film told by this deranged funeral director who lures 3 drug dealers to his funeral home by telling them he has “the shit” (aka drugs).
- Spike Lee was the Executive Producer.
- It deals with themes such as the aftermath of slavery, police brutality, child abuse, and black on black crime.
- There are some funny parts in the film which are a welcome break from the dark subject matter.
- Comedian David Alan Grier plays a memorable and often hilarious role as the stepfather in the “Boys Do Get Bruised” story. Even when Grier is trying to be serious, it’s hard not find him funny.
- It contains some moralistic and ethical subject matter that can prompt social discourse.
- It’s one of the few well-done black horror films.
- Rosalind Cash (The Omega Man, Sister, Sister, Cornbread, Earl and Me)played the re-educator, Dr. Cushing in the 4th and final story. She left this Earth on October 31, 1995 the same year the film was released.