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Ganja & Hess (1973)

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Running Time
1 hour, 50 minutes

Country USA

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Other Titles
• Ganja & Hess
• Black Evil (1972)
• Black Vampire (1972)
• Blackout: The Moment of Terror (1972)
• Blood Couple (1972)
• Double Possession (1972)
• Vampires of Harlem (1972)

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Genre: Horror, Vampires, Religion, Blaxploitation

Tagline: Some Marriages Are Made In Heaven. Others Are Made In Hell.

Plot: Writer/producer Bill Gunn's elusive African-American vampire film earned a standing ovation at the 1973 Cannes Film Fest, where it was the only American film screened that year. In brief, it tells the tale of Dr. Hess Green (Duane Jones of "Night of the Living Dead"), a professor who, through a strange bite he received on a trip to Africa, developed a lust for blood and the inability to age. When he is reunited with a lover, Ganja, who is dealing with the same condition, Hess begins to question his existence in this difficult way of life. Gunn combines religious and philosophical overtones with the expected violence against a thick Southern backdrop (though filmed in upstate New York). The word "vampire" is never mentioned once. Why then has this spellbinding cinematic enigma been screened so rarely and available only sporadically and in severely cut form? Is it a horror film or an "art" film? You decide. The DVD features the fully-restored 25th Anniversary

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external linkThis hard-to-find blaxploitation vampire movie stars the late Duane Jones, the legendary actor who played Ben in the original "Night of the Living Dead." Next to "Night," this was his best movie.

 Directed by
Bill Gunn
Penelope, The Landlord
 Written by
Bill Gunn
The Landlord, Penelope
Marlene Clark
Enter the Dragon, Switchblade Sisters, The Beast Must Die
Duane Jones
Night of the Living Dead, To Die For, Fright House
Bill Gunn
Penelope, The Landlord
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