TALES FROM THE HOOD 2 (2018) Reviews and overview

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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.” 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.” 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.” 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.” 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.” 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.” 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.” 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.” 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.” RogerEbert.com

Release:

Tales from the Hood 2 was 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 … Portifoy Simms
Bryan Batt … John Lloyd
Lou Beatty Jr. … Floyd
Alexandria DeBerry … Audrey
Bill Martin Williams … Dumass Beach
Martin Bats Bradford … Brian (as Martin Bradford)
Kendrick Cross … Henry Bradley
Jasmine Akakpo … Zoe
Kedrick Brown … Booze
Chad L. Chambers … Gore (as Chad Chambers)
Greta Glenn … Momma Bradley
Jason Kirkpatrick … J.W. Millam
Jay Huguley … Fitch Measpine
Alicia Davis Johnson … Pollyannas Hockenbull
Andy Cohen … Philip
Kenneth Kynt Bryan … Golliwag
Creighton Thomas … Cliff Bettis
Johnny Ballance … Stage Manager
Jennifer Hamilton Collins … Susan
Jeanne Caldarera … Sister
Victoria Patenaude … Elderly Lady
Terese Aiello … Daughter of Elderly Lady
Sandra Gutierrez … Sandra Blake
Alexandria Ponce … Carmen
Cat Limket … Liz
Greg Tarzan Davis … Kahad
Alexander Biglane … Ty
Gunnar Anderson … Roy Bryant
Adrian Lockett … Leroy Too Tight Collins
Clyde Risley Jones … Preacher Moses Wright (as Clyde R. Jones)
Christopher Paul Horne … Emmett Till
Jillian Batherson … Emily Bradley
Kanesha Washington … Elizabeth Wright
David Dahlgren … Dr Martin Gwinette
Cotton Yancey … William Cotton
Wayne Dehart … Mr Winters
Jayla McDonald … Carol Denise McNair
Terrance Sims … Martin Luther King Jr
Rusty Cundieff … Press Conference Reporter

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.

Film Facts:

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

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