Tales from the Hood 2 [Blu-ray]
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Meet the characters
The otherworldly storyteller who narrates tales of terror with cultural relevance
A Golliwog doll comes to life on the shelves of a Negro museum avenging cultural stereotype out of rage
Gangstas mistakenly kill the one guy who knows where a stash of money is hidden, so they kidnap a TV Medium to channel the dead man, but things don’t work out as they plan
Two obnoxious men on the prowl get more than they bargained for when they try to take advantage of a couple of astute women
An African American man, who is closing polls that will result in limiting voting access for African Americans, is confronted by the ghost of Emmett Till, and it could change the world as we know it
Horror is back in the hood! The sequel to the ground-breaking original film Tales From the Hood reunites executive producer and Honorary Academy Award winner Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X) and writers/directors/producers Rusty Cundieff (Chappelle's Show, The Wanda Sykes Show) and Darin Scott (Menace II Society, Caught Up) for an all-new gripping, horrifying and oftentimes devilishly comical anthology. Keith David stars as Mr. Simms to tell bloodcurdling stories about 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.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches; 3.52 Ounces
- Director : Rusty Cundieff, Darin Scott
- Media Format : Color, Digital_copy, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 51 minutes
- Release date : October 2, 2018
- Actors : Keith David, Bryan Batt, Lou Beatty Jr., Alexandria DeBerry, Bill Martin Williams
- Subtitles: : Cantonese, Dutch, French Canadian, German, Greek, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese
- Producers : Jim Steele
- Language : German (DTS 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (DTS 5.1)
- Studio : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B07F9CTGF5
- Writers : Rusty Cundieff, Darin Scott
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #34,423 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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I don't know what went wrong here... you can't even try to compare this movie to the first one. The only nice thing to say about this is that Keith David did as good as he could with what he was given; not even Clarence Williams III could have saved this movie. The writing was just awful. The last story had potential, but really missed the mark, it would've been a much better story if the alternate timeline was the main focus instead of a brief segment. They also tried to cash-in on the success of the doll story from the first one, but they absolutely blew it and ended up with a disaster that is guaranteed to make you laugh at how bad it is. There's also a semi-decent story on vampires, but the writing is so bad, that it shows that the vampires can't be seen through a camera, but they are literally shown 2 other times on camera just fine. I tried to support the filmmakers by buying this as soon as it released, but I've learned my lesson and will be sure to never do that again.
TftH2 deals with issues ranging from race appropriation, greed, and "boys being boys" amongst other topics. As a result it becomes less of a urban cautionary tale and more of a generic sideshow with varying results. The film also has a generally campy overtone to it that goes beyond the mostly bleak tone of the original. This isn't entirely detrimental as the original had it's fair share of gags, but it does kind make the product feel cheaper by comparison.
The film features 4 short stories and a wraparound plot involving Mr Simms telling each story to a robot that the government has developed in order for it to learn how to police the streets better (yes it is as stupid as it sounds). Each story has it's own twilight zone-esque payoff, just like the original film.
The first story involves two friends (one white and one black) on vacation who visit a museum specializing in racist history from the past. The white girl really wants a doll that's located and she gets what she asked for. This story takes a strange turn that is unexpectedly hilarious and ridiculous. This story is by far the most entertaining. It's a little goofy, but the commentary on interracial couples and the blurring of racial identity is spot on. Some of the dialogue from the museum's curator is as true as it gets.
The second story involves gangsters trying to find out the location of $5million that an acquaintance has stashed away. After a change of plans, they force a psychic to assist them and you can probably guess where this goes. Story is somewhat entertaining but the payoff isn't nearly as satisfying as it should have been.
The third story involves two scumbags who are looking for some easy tail and, you guessed it, they get what they deserve. This is the shortest segment and is by far is the worst.
The final story involves a black politician who has made himself a subordinate to a racist white man who is closing polling stations in black communities in an attempt to suppress their votes and ensure an easy election in his race for Governor. This story is the closest the film gets to being as powerful as the original and parallels real life issues that have come to light in recent years. The story's message, while poignant, becomes bogged down due to a lack of focus. The story wants to convey how important it is to not sell out or betray your heritage, but it does so by throwing a bunch of symbolism and situational confusion at the viewer when it probably could have been laid out in a more concise way. With that being said, the story is the most refined and resonated the spirit behind the first film wonderfully.
All in all I recommend this film based off of its delightfully campy nature and the first and fourth stories. It's also a great sight to see Keith David acting the hell out of this schlock during the wraparound story.
It's a mixed bag, but it's still more enjoyable than not. The original is still superior, but this is fine to watch if you're in the mood for an anthology.
With everything going on these days, the time does indeed seem ripe for a sequel. Unfortunately, the stories themselves, while attempting to tackle important issues, fall flat in the horror department. In fact, some seem played for 100% laughs, which would be fine if the humor didn't feel so corny and forced. The wraparound story is equally asinine and Keith David (replacing Clarence Williams. R.I.P.) tries his best to keep hold of his dignity throughout. One story involving two sexual predators planning on drugging and raping two women comes the closest to working out of all the stories, but even that one is hampered by some questionable acting and dialogue.
At first, I figured this was just a shameless cash in by Universal and they hired people who'd never seen the original (or any horror movie). Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be the creative team behind the original film. What happened, guys?
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I was sorely disappointed.. only vegetarian first story wasn’t bad .. bad effects but funny .. otherwise god awful and plain Democrats propaganda