Snoop Dogg’s Tribute to Grisly Comic-Book Morality Tales Splatters the Big Screen on May 4

April 19, 2007 at 10:41 pm | Posted in Hip Hop News/Press Releases | Leave a comment

Xenon Pictures announces the theatrical release of the rap-infused horror anthology, SNOOP DOGG’S HOOD OF HORROR. The film, which features Snoop Dogg as the “Crib Keeper,” presents three grisly morality tales that blend horror, anime, live action and a strong dose of gallows humor, partially inspired by the classic comic-book series TALES FROM THE CRYPT. The Xenon Pictures release, produced by Social Capital, BloodWorks, and Snoopadelic Films, will open nationally on Friday, May 4, 2007.Set in an inner-city landscape where every day is a fight for survival, SNOOP DOGG’S HOOD OF HORROR takes the urban nightmare into the realm of the supernatural and the bizarre. Take, for example, the tagger who’s given the power of life and death by a shamanistic stranger; the bigoted, rich white man who’s in for some nasty surprises from the people he loathes; the rap star whose skeletons come out of the closet — literally.

Hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg stars as Devin, a slain gangster forced to atone for his misdeeds by ushering his fellow sinners to their infernal rewards, accompanied by his posse of scantily-clad sucubi and badass demons.

Described by Variety as “gleefully disgusting,” this darkly comical gorefest boasts a stellar cast from the worlds of film and TV, hip-hop and pro sports, including Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters, “Desperate Housewives”), Danny Trejo (The Devil’s Rejects), Lin Shaye (There’s Something About Mary), Anson Mount (In Her Shoes, City by the Sea), Playmate(R) Brande Roderick (Starsky & Hutch, “Baywatch: Hawaii”), Daniella Alonso (The Hills Have Eyes 2), Pooch Hall (“The Game”), Sydney Tamiia Poitier (Grindhouse), WWF superstar Diamond Dallas Page, Aries Spears (“Mad TV”) and NBA star Tayshaun Prince.

Also featured are Billy Dee Williams, Jason Alexander (“Seinfeld”), rapper Method Man (“The Wire”), NBA star Lamar Odom and NFL stars Teyo Johnson, Justin Fargas and Glenn Cadrez.

The latest outing in Xenon Pictures’ continuing relationship with Snoop Dogg (Tha Eastsidaz, Welcome to Death Row), SNOOP DOGG’S HOOD OF HORROR comes to selected theaters on May 4, 2007, not-so-coincidentally with the release of SPIDER-MAN 3. The anticipated spillover business just may rival the copious amount of spilled blood in the film.

The film was originally scheduled for a narrower release, targeting horror and sci-fi audiences, late last year. However Xenon rescheduled for the May date due to demand from broader audiences, and the opportunity for many additional screens resulting from other studios’ fear of SPIDER-MAN 3.

Directed by Academy Award(R) nominee Stacy Title, SNOOP DOGG’S HOOD OF HORROR was written by Jonathan McHugh, Tim Sullivan, Chris Kobin and Jacob Hair. Martin Shore of Social Capital and Christopher Tuffin of BloodWorks, as well as Ted Chung, McHugh and Sullivan, served as producers. Gordon Steel and John Baca of The Steel Company served as executive producers, in addition to Snoop Dogg. The anime sequences were produced by Japan’s Madhouse, known for such classics as ANIMATRIX and TOKYO HUNTER, under the Direction of Academy Award(R)-winner John Gaeta, known for his work on the MATRIX trilogy. This film is rated R for pervasive strong violence and gore, sexuality, nudity and language.


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