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Fear of a Black Hat
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What is it about the mock documentary and popular music that seem to produce such deliciously subversive comedies? It worked for This Is Spinal Tap and it works again for Fear of a Black Hat, a mockumentary about a hot but hapless rap group. Writer-director Rusty Cundieff plays Ice Cold, leader of the gangsta rap group NWH (Niggaz with Hats), which also includes Tone-Def and Tasty Taste--and which seems to hit all the hot-button issues in rap today. Guns, obscenity, videos, violence--Cundieff has a sly sense of humor and knows how to get to the punch line over and over again. The result is surprisingly funny, an undiscovered gem that somehow slipped through the cracks during its meager theatrical release. --Marshall Fine

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  • Piece of [junk]
    Am I the only one who thought this movie was horribly acted? The actors were so unconvincing. It was trying to be a black "Spinal Tap" but fell way way short. The comedy was so obvious and basic that it made my stomach turn. It takes talented actors to pull off a mockumentary, not some guy who played a fruit in "Revenge of the Nerds". ......more info
  • Wear your hat.......
    I own a well worn VHS of this movie, and it is still as funny today as it was in the early 90's when it first came out. This witty parody of the Hip-Hop scene by Rusty Cundieff and Crew (Tales from the Hood fame) is vastly superior to it's rival CB4.
    This movie is to Hip Hop, what Spinal Tap was to Metal. Either way even if you just know a little about the rap scene of the 90's you will roll laughing. The scene where the security guards have Ice Cold (Rusty Cundieff) outside of his car, and he has like 50 people with vidoe cameras and even the guy from the courtroom painting his portrait, "Cuz ain't gonna be no mo' rodney king up in here" will bring tears to your eys from laughter....... Until next time y'all. "Wear yo' Hat!"...more info
  • Laughs and more laughs
    This movie is often touted as a "cult classic". Take my word for it; you'll put it in that same catagory after you've watched it. One of my all-time favorite movie lines is at the end of this fil m, but the journey getting there, is all the fun. Laugh hearty!...more info
  • Weak Jokes Poorly Stitched Together by Weaker Story
    Don't waste your time with this third-rate imitation. All you'll get is a story that feels like it was desperately rushed through in order to create a patina of context for a few limp gags--with the humor spelled out for you after the punchline has been delivered. If it's a hip-hop "This Is Spinal Tap" you're looking for, get "CB-4" instead....more info
  • what they said and more.
    everything the others said that was good i agree with. i think that maybe people reading these high raves expect us to put something bad in, but there's nothing on the down side unless... unless you're a religious person who feels uncomfortable with swearing and sexual situations.
    i liked this movie so much that a year after giving this movie (on vhs) to a friend i re-bought it (on dvd) for myself....more info
  • Fear of a Black Hat
    If you laughed while watching Spinal Tap you'll roll on the floor watching the chronological documentary about NWH, the satirical hip hop pioneers. Like Spinal tap most of the antics are based on factual incidences which have become legend in the hip hop world. Even if you are not a fan of the genre this movie trancends any misconseptions and delivers over and over again. It is very obvious who NWH parodies throughout different parts of their career, and the lyrics are so entertaining you will remember them for the rest of your life. Enjoy the trip....more info
  • The best are always overlooked
    This has to be one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. To this day it still makes me laugh. Every time I see it, I see something I didn't see before. I caught it on t.v. by accident one day when I couldn't sleep. Where I'm from, they wouldn't play the movie until about 3:00am. So my brother and myself watched it. We laughed so hard tears were coming out of our eyes. It's WAY better than CB4. So if you haven't seen it yet go rent it....more info
  • Funniest movie you never saw.............Straight out tha Butt
    FOABH is one of my all time favorites. My Dad "discovered" this movie reading a Siskel and Ebert review. Believe it or not but S&E gave Fear of a Black Hat "Two Thumbs Up". That right there speaks volumes about this movie. If two frumpy movie critics gave this comedy their blessing it must be pretty damn funny. Remeber.... Don't shoot until you see the Whites....more info
  • highly recommended for hip-hop fans.
    this is one of the funniest movies ever made. Rusty Cundieff is a comic *genius*. the parodies are scarily right-on....more info
  • Funny!!!!!
    Dont shoot till you see the whites!

    Of there eyes?

    Of who's eyes?

    Funny........ 2 Thumbs up!!!!...more info
  • Too Funny
    This is probably the funniest movie I have ever seen in my life! I watched it with a couple of friends at a party about 7 or 8 years ago. As more people showed up we kept rewinding it and must've watched it at least 10 times in a row. I bought a used copy and wore it out. This flick has non-stop one-liners that'll make you laugh until you [wet] yourself. You gotta see it!...more info
  • An Overlooked Gem
    I was fortunate enough to see Fear of a Black Hat through a friend about 8 years ago. Since that time, I don't think I have ever laughed so hard. This "mockumentary" about a fictitious gangster rap group's rise, fall and resurrection not only has some of the most quotable lines in a comedy since "Spaceballs," but the songs are hysterical and surprisingly well done (on that note, I also highly recommend picking up the soundtrack on CD). I have shown this movie to probably 50 other people since purchasing it, and with a few exceptions (people who can't appreciate brilliant comedy), everyone is now hooked. We can only hope that this movie eventually comes out on DVD....more info
  • It ain't that kind of party!
    If you have ever seen this flick, you know that this is THE rap-umentary! You'll have to scavenge your local video store to find a copy to rent...but it is TOTALLY worth it! Hopefully the studio will see the light and put this bad boy out on DVD....but until then...RENT IT! If you remember the early and middle 80's rap and hip hop scene, you will laugh your posterior off. This movie is a parody of EVERYTHING cool that happened during that period. Watch it once, watch it twice, watch it thrice...and you will jump on the band wagon that this movie deserves to be released on DVD with full-on commentary....original aspect ratio...and al of the other goodies that have made DVD the format of choice....more info
  • An overlooked masterpiece!
    This film had the misfortune to be released slightly after Chris Rock's far-inferior Rap music satire, "CB4," and, therefore, disappeared without a trace. What a crime! This comedy stands far above not only "CB4" but most other comedies released at the time and since. It doesn't break any new ground: it's a mock documentary on a fictitious Rap group ["N.W.H." (Niggas With Hats)] and their rise and fall. It does for Rap what "This Is Spinal Tap!" does for Heavy Metal and no less effectively, I might add. Indeed, there are many similarities between this film and "Tap" (just as Tap can't keep a drummer, N.W.H. can't keep a white manager) but this flick does NOT come off as a pale rip off. Writer-director-star Rusty Cundeiff never again reached the hilarious heights scaled here (his subsequent films are the good "Tales From the Hood" and the abysmal "Sprung") with his fantastic debut. All the performances are spot on, from working actors you've seen many times before but whose names you probably don't remember. N.W.H. features Cundeiff, Larry B. Scott ("Lamar" from "Revenge of the Nerds"), and Mark Christopher Lawrence (who's done more commercials and TV guest spots than you can shake a stick at) and the Interviewer is essayed by Kasi Lemmons who shortly thereafter ditched acting to become a director ("Eve's Bayou"). The film does a remarkably thorough job in hitting all the appropriate satirical targets (rival rap groups, misogynistic lyrics, L. A. riots, groupies, etc.). There has not been one person I know whose viewed this film and has NOT become a "Hat" convert. It is simply a hysterical comedy in a day and age where quality laughs are in short supply....more info
  • I love this movie
    This movie has everything I love - rap music, hilarious comedy, and great acting. This parody touches on so many elements of rap culture that ring so true to life. Ever seen the DMX reality show on BET, "Soul of a Man"? There is an episode where he shows off his weapons collection in much the same way that Tasty Taste does. That's just one example of how Fear of a Black Hat is still so relevent even today.

    The commentary on the DVD answers every question a viewer might have and is very funny as well. This DVD will become your favorite, it's great to watch after a night out or on a Sunday afternoon. The soundtrack is so great that you'll find yourself bumping Ice Froggy Frog as you peel out of a parking lot. Watch this movie because it's the greatest!...more info
  • Top of your must-view list
    One of the funniest, most underrated movies of our time. Don't know why it was overlooked in theatrical release. Think "This Is Spinal Tap" meets Chappelle's Show. Wonderfully explicit and tasteless just like the music of the era, and in a hilarious, not offensive way. Definitely a must-view if you liked early 90s rap music (NWA, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Dr. Dre)....more info
  • Spinal Tap meets 80's rap world
    The movie draws heavily from This is Spinal Tap, but manages to successfully blend the mockumentary feel of that classic with the world of 80's gangsta rap. The group NWH is made up of 3 stereotypical rappers and they are surrounded by many other characters which are parodies of real world rappers of the time (Vanilla Sherbet, M.C. Slammer). It is not movie with people who have a sensitivity for cursing or rap culture at it's fullest....more info
  • a hidden jem !
    this is one of my favorite movies of all time. what a terrific creation. i feel fortunate to have found a vhs copy a couple of years ago, but, please randy, see if you can get this jewel dvd'ed and soon. i'd love to know what it would take to get that done. how hard can it be ? an all-time classic !!!!...more info
  • Worth the extras, but why not an anamorphic transfer?
    Was really looking forward to this one, but was disappointed it wasn't transferred in 16x9 anamorphic for wide-screen sets. Get it for the commentary and the funny 1 minute "reunion" opening greeting to the film. Also has music vids....more info
    Great film from start to finish, had this film on vhs for years, so getting it on dvd with the extras was like watching for the first time, well worth the money...more info
  • Its about time!!
    This is definitely the funniest of the last decades "mockumentary". Writer and actor Rusty Cundieff skewers a handful of the early 90's rappers. LL Cool J, PM Dawn and C+C Music Factory take a beating. The film is crisp but over eager at times. Thankfully this doesnt affect the movie's flow. A little humor seems dated, but this is still an incredibly funny movie. With characters named "Tone Def" or "Tastey Taste", how can you go wrong....more info
  • If you pick up but one video...let this be it
    Ok....after a friend of mine let me see this video, I was hooked on it from the beginning. From the opening sequence with the warning, all the way to the end of the movie, it's non-stop laughs. I actually had to stop the tape a couple of times to keep from hurting myself. But I must admit, when a TV station aired the movie...with all the edits on it, it was actually even funnier than before just to hear how they had to edit out the words and certain scenes. But all in all, this was a very overlooked but funny movie....more info
  • Funniest I've Seen In My Life (So far)
    I am not kidding, this is the funniest movie I ever seen in my life. At one point when the jokes were coming non-stop back-to-back, I couldn't see the screen anymore because of the tears. I had to calm down to keep from getting an aneurysm. Very smart and original screenplay. This movie didn't get wide release because CB4 was released around that time which wasn't as funny....more info
  • Naturally, intelligent, gonna get, ahead
    My life was complete after I saw Fear of A Black Hat. It's about time the DVD came out and the The Man stopped holdin' Ice, Taste-T and Tone down. A gangsta's life ain't fun, but "Fear Of" is the greatest documentary of all time.

    Keep it real,
    Steele...more info

  • Grab yo' stuff!
    Somebody suggested this to me several years ago and I found it at a video rental store and did not stop laughing until the end. Even the "outtakes" after the end are hilarious. Read the other reviews for plot info, and if you can find this somewhere buy or rent it immediately....more info
  • One of my favorite comedies
    This movie is absolutely hilarious. I listened to NWA and other "Gangsta Rappers" in their heyday, and this movie is a perfect satire of all of them. I don't think Rusty Cundieff, or anyone else for that matter, could have done a better job satirizing the ridiculous (or should I say "Ludacris"?) world of "Gangsta Rap". I have seen this movie probably 20 times, and will watch it 20 more once the DVD comes out....more info
  • In my top 10 of funny movies...
    I remember first reading about this movie in an Entertainment Weekly article, which was enough to peak my interest. What happened from the opening video (Ice Froggy Frog) to the closing credit skits was enough to make me rent this movie more than a dozen times so others could see it. I saw CB4 not long before this one, and I find FoaBH superior in terms of sheer humor and...cleverness. Now, just what do we have to do, and how long will it take for this to come out on DVD?? If ever there was a DVD candidate, this would be it....more info