Friday, June 11, 2010
Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror Review
What's this? Another anthology type dvd? Yep, I'm back again watching another “Twilight Zone” type film, and unlike “Terror Tract” this one isn't nearly as enjoyable. Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror has a few things going for it, but it's not the stories, it’s he gore. We'll get to that in a moment. Hood of Horror was a straight to dvd movie, and it wasn't the first time the MC ventured into horror movies. Unfortunately for me and my coworkers (well, I don't work there anymore) at the Video Store, we saw the train wreck known as “Bones”. Snoop Dogg also did an interesting thriller of sorts named, “The Tenants” where he played a spooky basement dweller who stalks a “white” writer. If you see the film, you'll figure out the racial tension of the film is solely in regards to race.
The first thing you're going to find out about the film is that it's low budget, but that's probably something you've already guessed, considering the worst photoshop job in the history of straight to dvd movies. Ok, it's not the worst, but it's pretty bad, and makes me wish I had a job doing graphics again, but alas, I'm stuck here wishing I had cable to watch the World Cup. The movie starts up like the classic “Tales From the Crypt” with Snoop Dogg as your host, talking about some cautionary tales from the hood.
The first story is about a graffiti artist that wants to be great so she conjures up some evil spirits in hopes for getting better, and it starts to happen. However, when things go awry for the girl, she falls and BOOOM, gore effects come shining through. They are a mix of CG and real latex looking effects, which is interesting to say the least.
The second story is somewhat forgettable, so much so that I don't remember it.
The third story is ok at best, and features a rap group trying to get a record deal. It seemed like the writers started to get bored and frustrated so they stopped trying. Well, it's not like they were trying to hard to begin with, but it's interesting to note that Jason Alexander shows up! That's right, George Costanza himself is in this film, which says a whole lot about his career after Seinfeld.
The best part of this film is the gore. The gore effects are awesome, and I liked to see that this one went for the gusto in regards to blood effects. Outside of the gore and violence in this film, there is no reason to watch this film.
Is Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror a Scary Film? : No.
An emphatic no at that. This dvd sucks, and is not worth a lot of repeated viewings. When Billy Dee Williams and Jason Alexander are your major draws, you know you have a problem. Aside from the gore effects, there's nothing really worth watching here. You have to really be a fan of Snoop Dogg, but then again, if you're that big of a fan, do you really want to see Snoop trying too hard? I mean, he was once in a porno movie, no not as a performer but as a host of sorts.
Hood of Horror has several stories, none of which are that good. I'd much rather watch Leprechaun in The Hood or even Frankenhood again. This one is meant for the bargain bin, to say the least...it's terrible.
Maybe the best part of this movie is the soundtrack, which of course features Snoop Dogg. If you can't find the movie, check out the Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror Official Motion Picture soundtrack, or don't, I don't care.