If you like EC Comics such as the original Tales From the Crypt or Crypt of Horror then Snoop Dogg’s Hood of Horror (2006) is perfect for you. Its mix of dark humor and extreme horror may not be for everyone but it’s got the perfect charm for any horror fan.
Snoop Dogg is the HOH (Hood of Hell) who witnesses and plays a part in his neighborhoods residents and decides where will go in the afterlife. He is the storyteller of three such residents whose fates are determined by their own actions towards others. The three stories contained within are very much indicative of a more urban setting as one story delves into the life of a graffiti artist who is given the power to decide who will live and who will die just by painting over someone’s name. Another story concerns the inhabitants of a half way home filled with war veterans who must learn to live with a overzealous new landlord who needs to learn a little manners. The final story concerns a rap artist who’s taken advantage of his life and the people around him for his own gain and refuses to pay up when the HOH comes to collect.
As the HOH, Snoop Dogg does and energetic and charismatic performance like he did in his previous horror film Bones (2001) and it seems like he’s always at home in his horror films. This is a good thing as his scenes are usually more entertaining than some of the shorts. This is not to take away from any of the shorts in the film as they are all well done and both funny and gory and many times have a point (which cannot be said of all anthology films). This film also takes much inspiration from George Romero and Stephen King’s Creepshow (1982) by using animation in between each of the segments.
The animation parts are at times more entertaining than the rest of the film making the whole film an entertaining joyride. Fans of this type of dark anthology film will not be disappointed.