The One List: Menace II Society

Menace II Society
Year: 1993
Director: The Hughes Brothers
Cast: Tyrin Turner, Larenz Tate, Jada Pinkett, Samuel L. Jackson
Why It Deserves Your Vote:  Arguably, the “hood” genre began in 1991 with John Singleton’s seminal Boyz N the Hood but some would say it was perfected two years later with the much grittier, much bloodier Menace. This film sidestepped the melodrama of Boyz and replaced it with brutal violence, a questionable protagonist and an almost nihilistic look at life in South Central LA. It also showed that Larenz Tate COULD play a bad ass. CAST YOUR VOTE NOW!