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  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: August 29, 2000
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000JPFZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,580 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

A strange funeral director tells four strange tales of horror with an African American focus to three drug dealers he traps in his place of business.

Customer Reviews

It is a very good movie with great acting, and great stories.
Thomas D. Kuzupas Jr.
I did remember most of what happened in the film, but the one thing that I had forgotten about was how much profanity was actually in the movie.
cookieman108
In the shadow of Tales from the Crypt,they built this smart one.
DON MARIO

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By MICHAEL TAYLOR on July 18, 2003
Format: DVD
A MORTICIAN TELLS 4 STORIES TO A GROUP OF THUGS. THE 1ST AND 3RD ARE STANDARD TALES WITH AN AFRICAN AMERICAN TWIST BUT THE 2ND AND FOURTH TALES ARE DIFFERENT.
1ST TALE; A MAN IS BRUTALLY MURDERED BY RACIST, CROOKED COPS. AND THE BLACK COP THAT WITNESSED IT IS HAUNTED BY THE MAN'S VOICE. GOOD TALE AND WITH A COOL ENDING.
2ND TALE; A BOY IS BEING TERRORIZED BY A MONSTER AT HIS DOOR. HE TELLS A TEACHER THAT HE'S ALWAYS IN BRUISES BECAUSE OF THE MONSTER, BUT THE TEACHER DOESN'T BELIEVE HIM UNTIL HE COMES TO HIS HOUSE. NOW THIS IS SOMETHING DIFFERENT. THIS TALE WAS THE LEAST OF THE WHOLE MOVIE, BUT IT'S NOT BAD. IT'S JUST NOT AS GOOD AS THE OTHER 3.
3RD TALE; A WHITE MAN WHO'S RUNNING FOR MAYOR LIVES IN A FORMER SLAVE HOUSE THAT HAS DOLLS IN IT THAT ARE ALIVE. THIS IS GOOD, AND IT WAS PURE GENIUS HOW THE DOLLS CAME TO LIFE AND JUST SCARED THE LIVING SH.. OUT OF HIM. GREAT TALE.
4TH TALE; A THUG IS SENTENCED TO BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION. THIS IS THE BEST TALE THAT THIS MOVIE HAS TO OFFER. IT SHOWS WHAT OFTEN HAPPENS TO THUGS. HE KEEPS SAYING HE DON'T GIVE A F... BUT THEN WE HE BLOWS HIS CHANCE AT REDEMPTION, HE WAKES UP AND GETS KILLED.
GREAT MOVIE. THIS BEATS THE ''TALES FROM THE CRYPT'' MOVIES. THEY SHOULD MAKE MORE HORROR MOVIES LIKE THIS. THIS WAS VERY THRILLING AND ALL THE TALES HAD A LOGICAL PLOT TO THEM. DON'T MISS OUT ON THIS ONE!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By cookieman108 on May 16, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
All right, obviously originality isn't the strong point in the film Tales from the Hood (1995), but it does have enough inspiration to get past being labeled a black Tales from the Crypt horror anthology (revenge tales with a racial spin are still revenge tales). Now, I had seen this film in the theater when it originally came out some ten years ago, and haven't seen it again since recently. I did remember most of what happened in the film, but the one thing that I had forgotten about was how much profanity was actually in the movie. I'm not a prude, but I think it's important to throw that out there if you have a problem with characters cursing ad nauseam (I suppose the argument could be made this reflects a certain aspect of society, so I can deal with it)...written and directed by Rusty Cundieff (Fear of a Black Hat, Sprung), with Spike Lee listed as executive producer, the film features Clarence `Linc' Williams III (The Mod Squad, I'm Gonna Git You Sucka), Joe Torry (House Party 3, Sprung), Wings Hauser (Vice Squad, Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time), David Alan Grier (Jumanji, McHale's Navy), Corbin Bernsen (Major League, The Dentist), and Rosalind Cash (The Omega Man, Uptown Saturday Night), among others...

The film is actually four separate stories bookended by a fifth...of Jack Daniels...no, by a fifth story (when I say `bookended', I mean there is a set-up story which starts the film, and then appears after each of the other stories ends, finally finishing out the film). The film begins with a story called Welcome to My Mortuary, as three street toughs arrive at a funeral home, one run by the wild-eyed Mr. Simms (Williams). Somehow (this aspect isn't really made clear) Mr.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Fields on January 5, 2006
Format: DVD
While this film hasn't won any Oscars it's important viewing for some. Yes the tales within are moralistic but sorley needed at the time the film was released. The most important of the tales is the story of the gangbanger who becomes a victim of his own violence. Laying on the ground bleeding and dying, the young brother is offered a chance at redemption and salvation. He is placed in a facility for behavioral modification. He finds himself placed in a cell next to a white supremist skin head. The skinhead taunts the young brother and basically tells him that he likes him. Why? Because he's doing the supremists job for him. He's killing other black youths that the skin head wants to get rid of any way. After that the gangbanger is forced to watch images of dead African Americans who have been shot, lynched, and beaten to death. Some by the KKK and some by black on black crime. The scenes are very graphic. The last treatment for this criminal is sensory deprevation. His mind feeds on itself and produces images of the people that he has killed either accidentally or purposely. He refuses to be turned and give up his violent ways. The doctor that tries to modify his behavior is really an angel who is trying to get him to heaven but the gangbanger is too blinded by hatred and violence to see it. The scene returns back to the street where the punk still lies. The gang members that shot him shoot him again. He dies and goes exactly where you think he goes. To hell.

There is quite a bit of foul language and lots of violence in the film but that's what our young people go to the movies for these days. I've got to believe that at least one young person got the message here. Hopefully, not just the black kids but all the others too.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Church of The Flaming Sword on November 9, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This is a horror anthology film CREEPSHOW or the HBO series TALES FROM THE CRYPT, only it is told from more of an African-American perspective. And unlike many horror films, TftH puts together fictional horrors with real-life horrors like racism, child abuse, police brutality, and gang violence.
The story deals with three hoodlums who enter a funeral home ran by a mysterious mortician effectively played by Clarence Williams III. The mortician, who turns out to be a lot more than just a simple mortician, tells the thugs four stories:
1. A honest cop is tormented by the fact that he failed to save an activist's life from his corrupt superiors.
2. An abused child is victimized by his stepfather and a monster everyone thinks is imaginary.
3. A racist politician, modeled after David Duke, moves into a former plantation where the slave master murdered his slaves.
4. A homicidal thug, who blames everyone except himself for his problems, undergoes a government sponsored rehabilitation program. This story has a connection with the three thugs also. And it has the best message out of all the stories.
For a horror film, I found TftH unusally well written and acted. However, I do have a complaint with its treatment of white people. It depicts white people as being skinheads, racist cops, or former Klansmen. If the filmmakers wanted to make a statement about racism, they went about it the wrong way by demonizing white people. Finger-pointing does not cure racism, it only aggravates it.
Overall rating : 3.75 stars.
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