Tales from the Hood (with Rusty Cundieff in person!)

Co-presented by Secret Sixteen

Produced by Spike Lee and directed by Rusty Cundieff, Tales from the Hood is a horror anthology that offers something unique – namely the perspective of young, urban African Americans circa 1995. With four EC comics-inspired morality tales woven around a framing device set in an inner city funeral home (run by a wonderfully Crypt Keeper-esque Clarence Williams III), Cundieff and co-writer Darin Scott move between funhouse scares and serious, real-world problems – from police abuse of minorities to child abuse to gang violence to a Corbin Bernsen fronted KKK (!) – keeping their message pointed without ever sacrificing gory good times. With a slammin’ soundtrack boasting 90s hip hop heavyweights like Wu Tang Clan and Grave Diggaz, and a solid cast featuring Wings Hauser, David Allan Grier and Michael Masse, Tales From the Hood rolls deep while scaring you silly. Still topical and well-deserving of a venerated place in the horror anthology vault of horrors.

Dir. Rusty Cundieff, 1995, 16mm, 98 min.