Anthology movies are usually hit and miss. Tales From the Hood 2 is actually consistent. There’s something interesting to each one. Your personal favorite may just be dependent on the topic or sub genre (monster, ghost, psychic, etc). Like the first movie, there is a wraparound segment and four stories. Each story has a macabre twist.
Dumass Beach (Bill Martin Williams) is developing a sentient police robot. Its AI can learn from experience and stories. So Simms (now Keith David) is called upon to tell it stories to learn. Of course I got that Dumass was dumbass but I didn’t get the second part of the pun until they said it at the end. Anyway, each of the stories:
In “Good Golly,” Zooey (Jasmine Akakpo) and Audrey (Alexandria DeBerry) are friends so think they represent racial harmony. Zooey collects golliwog dolls and visits The Museum Of Negrocity where the curator won’t part with his artifacts.
The museum curator drops real knowledge about slavery, racism and branding. That’s a powerful statement in the irreverent package of The Museum of Negrocity. Since it’s a horror movie, the girls and their boyfriends come back to steal the golliwog. In process they desecrate artifacts of slavery with sex games.
It really goes there in the first story. So yeah, they get punished good. Tales From the Hood 2 delivers the gore, but still passed the MPAA for an R. Ultimately a childish figure inflicts graphic violence in a campy but effective way.
In “The Medium,” TV psychic John Llopyd (Bryan Batt) is forced to channel for dead gangsters. There’s a lot going on there, the fraud discovering real powers and the gangsters reaping what they’ve sewn.
“Date Night” is a #MeToo story although it would’ve been relevant any time. It begins with dude bro rapists who clearly deserve a comeuppance. There may be a little bit of padding in this one as they play full rounds of Cards Against Humanity first. Let’s call that a misdirect.
“The Sacrifice” has Henry Bradley (Kendrick Cross)’s pregnant wife Emily (Jillian Batherson) plagued by nightmares. Henry works for the William Cotton gubernatorial campaign, a racist in the south who would suppress black voters. Henry is visited by some very historically relevant ghosts. It draws parallels between historic hate crimes and modern day racism in a poignant way.
Then the wraparound segment ends in a fun campy way.
I hope Universal sees they could do a Tales From the Hood every year. Rusty Cundieff and Darin Scott split up the stories between them and casts are only needed for short schedules, although you need five separate casts. It seems like an economical format and it’s still aesthetically successful. Hell, they could even bring other up and coming filmmakers in to contribute stories to the anthology.
Cundieff told me they want to keep the movies going and do a TV series. Franchise Fred approves more Tales From the Hood!