Written by: Michael Den Boer on June 8th, 2014
Theatrical Release Date: USA, December 25th, 2011
Production Company: Boston Film Family
Approximate running time: 77 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Director: Richard Chandler
Writer: Richard Chandler
Cinematographer: Gareth Mannion
Composer: Avery Stemmler
Cast: George Raynor, Tina Krause, Seregon O’Dassey, Peter Morse, Kassandre Casame, Bill Jacques, Todd Therrien, Richard Chandler, Alexander Hauck , Oselito Joseph, William Bloomfield, Jim Baker
By now everyone should be familiar with Charles Dickens Christmas Story and for the very few who have not ever heard of this story or seen one of its countless adaptations. Here is a quick rundown, a greedy wealthy man is visited by three ghosts who are sent to show him the errors of his ways and how he may yet be able to redeem himself. One ghost for the past, the next one for the present and the last one for the future.
Content wise, Scrooge in the Hood can be best summed up as a Blaxploitation adaption of the aforementioned Charles Dickens story. At the heart of this ‘Christmas Story’ is story about a pimp who is in the twilight of his career. And yet being an older man this does not slow him down as he still rules his empire with an iron first. This mistreatment of those around him allows a rival pimp a chance to make a play for Scrooge’s business ventures. And from there the three ghosts visit Scrooge throughout the night.
Performance wise the entire cast are all very enjoyable in their respective roles, with this films stand out performance coming from George Raynor in the role of Scrooge. His pitch perfect delivery of the pimp lingo is easily this film’s most durable asset. Another shining performance is Peter Morse is the role of the Jewish Mafia leader who trying to take over Scrooge’s territory.
From a production stand point the films visuals are very good and the special effects are well executed, especially a scene involving a fairly performing a circumcision on a man’s penis with her mouth. The films pacing is never an issue and the though the comedy often delves into stereotypes, the end results is a hilarious send up of familiar story.