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Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror Reviews

A low-budget omnibus horror picture with a hip-hop twist, this trio of gory tales follows in the footsteps of Rusty Cundieff's 1995 TALES FROM THE HOOD. But Snoop's foulmouthed interstitial turn as "the gatekeeper to the after-party" is genuinely funny: He's got charisma to burn, and his sly presence holds the uneven production together. The film opens with the animated story of gangbanger Devon, who accidentally kills his baby sister and sells his soul to the devil in return for her life. He's charged with rounding up souls for the evil one, and is played by Snoop when the film goes to live action. "The hood of horror is haunted by freaks, dingers and devils," he warns with barely suppressed glee, further promising that the first story "ain't one of your father's campfire tales." Restless graffiti artist Posie Santana (Daniella Alonso) is torn between the church and the streets, where she butts heads with gun-crazy Fatcap (Noel Gugliemi), Streako (Teyo Johnson) and Nib (Jeffrey Licon). After a run-in with a creepy stranger (Danny Trejo), she finds herself with a huge tattoo on one arm and the power to kill fellow graffiti artists by defacing their tags. Fatcap, Streako and Nib soon come to gruesomely appropriate ends, but Posie pays a terrible price for not understanding the gift she was given. In the second tale, hateful redneck Tex Woods Jr. (Anson Mount) inherits a rundown building that his father, a proud military veteran, bought as a permanent home for men who served with him and have no families to whom they can turn. Junior and his trashy girlfriend (Brande Roderick) just want to sell the place. But Dad's will stipulates that they have to live there for a year, so they do everything in their power to drive away the four aging vets (Ernie Hudson, Richard Gant, Tucker Smallwood, L. Kenneth Richardson) who remain. The "scumlords" also get what they deserve. In the third and final tale, aspiring rapper S.O.D. (Pooch Hall) asks for God's help in furthering his career and promises that, in return, he'll be a better person. Upon leaving church, he runs into Quon (Aries Spears), and together they become a best-selling act. But S.O.D. reneges on his part of the deal, rising to the top of the heap on his own after Quon is killed in a suspicious robbery. But on the night of S.O.D.'s greatest success, his past comes back to haunt him. The movie ends in a garish ghetto hell, with Snoop rapping "There Goes the Neighborhood" — "Welcome to the place where all the creatures meet/The last building on the left on the dead-end street." The film breaks no ground, but it's a change of pace for die-hard fans.