Tales From the Hood is arguably one of the best horror anthology movies out there, so there are high expectations for the sequel, which has its world premier this month at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal. Ahead of the premier, the MPAA have just revealed that the film will be getting an R-rating for its language, violence, disturbing images and sexual references.
This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, as the original film was also rated R. However, what’s considered R-rated material has changed a lot since 1995, so we may well be in store for more violence, gore and all round spookiness from an even darker set of stories.
Tales From the Hood 2 will star Keith David (The Thing) as reinvented storyteller Mr Simms, replacing Clarence Williams III (American Gangster) in the role – and the stills released recently of him as Simms show he’s clearly a fantastic fit for the character. Bryan Batt (Mad Men) will also star, demonstrating a plethora of facets as the phoney medium.
Here’s the brief synopsis of the sequel:
“Keith David stars as a contemporary Mr. Simms to tell blood-curdling stories about lust, greed, pride, and politics through tales with demonic dolls, possessed psychics, vengeful vixens, and historical ghosts. Mr. Simms’s haunting stories will make you laugh… while you scream. TALES FROM THE HOOD 2 is squarely in the tradition of outrageous, entertaining anthology horror, but it also addresses serious issues with a forceful point of view, just as folklore has done throughout history.”
The film is written and directed by original Tales From The Hood creators Rusty Cundieff and Darin Scott. Spike Lee is also back and reuniting with the team to executive produce.
Tales From the Hood 2 will premier at the Fantasia Film Festival on Friday 13th July.