Review: Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror (2006)

D: Stacy Title
S: Snoop Dogg, Ernie Hudson, Danny Trejo, Pooch Hall, Anson Mount, Daniella Alonso

I'm a man of simple tastes.  And one of my all-time favorite series was HBO's Tales From The Crypt series, which spawned several less-than-stellar horror anthologies, both in film and on television.  One of the most forgettable was Tales From The Hood (1995), though it sure was a lot of fun.  Snoop Dog's Hood of Horror owes a lot to both TFTC and TFTH, and without both of those predecessors, it's hard to imagine it could've come to be.  It's by far the most high-profile of the After Dark Horrorfest movies from 2006 (of which it was the "secret" ninth film), though I'd still say overall it's not quite as good as Unrest.  By far the most unique of the films, though.

Needless to say, this isn't a movie that takes itself too seriously, as with any truly great rip-off of Tales.  In fact, the stories are all told with tongue firmly in cheek, and all are brought together with the story of the narrator, the Hound of Hell, aka Snoop Dogg himself.  The movie starts with an animated tale of a drive-by gone wrong, and this is the origin story for our narrator.  We then see the tale of Posie, a graffiti artist who's given the power of vengeance only to abuse it.  We're treated to a perfectly enjoyable story about a group of former Army buddies forced to live with a racist, bigoted, money-grubbing slimeball (and his too-stacked-to-be-anything-but-silicon wife).  Finally, we see the rise and fall of a rap artist willing to do anything to keep himself in the limelight, regardless of the deal he made with the Almighty when he was just another hood boy wanting to make it big.

The acting is good overall, the effects are both hilarious and disquieting, often at the same time (I guarantee you'll never look at caviar in the same way again), and when compared to movies of its ilk, it's very well done.  For fans of horror anthologies, this is definitely a must-see, up there even with the classic Creepshow, though clearly not with the same pedigree.