Snoop Dogg’s Hood of Horror (2006)
I know I generally jump directly into the director and writing information but this one is going to need a small bit of introduction first due to the amount of writers involved. Why are there so many writers? Well this was filmed in the style of Creepshow. If you haven’t seen the 2 Creepshow films (you are truly missing out on a couple classic pieces of horror being the case) than think more along the lines of novels. What kind of novels? Anthology novel! The Creepshow series and now the Hood of Horror are anthologies of mini-horror films that are put together and told by a single narrator and in this case it is played by Snoop Dogg himself.
The films are directed by Stacy Title who has had a few films previous and a few after but is not a high profile director. After seeing the Hood of Horror you have to hope she gets a shot at a big budget horror film to see what she can put together as each of these shorts had its own piece of charm you couldn’t help to enjoy. The first film Crossed out was written by Jacob Hair (whose done a large mixture of smaller horror films and television) and Tim Sullivan (who again worked with quite a few movies.) The second film, The Scumlord, was also written by Tim Sullivan as well as Chris Kobin (who worked on a few projects with Tim.) Finally the third film, Rapsody Askew was written by Jonathan McHugh and while this is his only writing credit he has done music for a lot of movies including Repo! The Genetic Opera and Saw 2. Now while each of these 3 short movies are a fun watch, unlike Creepshow which it’s clearly based upon, it’s hard to think of any of the three as scary.
Crossed Out is the story about a woman whose neighborhood is overrun with gang members and while she attempts to be a tough woman by spray painting over their ‘tagging’ to get back at them all they do is end up trying to kill her. She ends up making a pact to gain satanic powers to be able to end the gang warfare though in the end is guilty of committing the same acts that they do and have to suffer the same fate she had inflicted upon the gang members.
The second story The Scumlord is about a redneck who inherits his father’s condo that is being rented out on the cheap to veterans he had gone to war with earlier in his life. The redneck and his wife are racist bastards and treat the tenants like second class citizens though both end up getting exactly what is coming to them when they find out what the couple have done to a nurse that has been taking care of them.
The third and final story is Rapsody Askew about a rapper who sold his soul to become the best rapper in the world. Along the way he had both friends and enemies taken care of and his best friend who was holding him back has come back to teach him a lesson and let him know the time has come to pay his debt.
My suggestion when it comes to this one? Go pickup the original 2 Creepshow films if you want a horror anthology. If you’re looking for a way to kill an afternoon you can pick this up but don’t expect any real scares. I’d also suggest turning this into a drinking game with friends which would make it doubly enjoyable.