10 items from 2015
How Da Sweet Blood of Jesus came to be is beyond me and a better question still: how is this made by Spike Lee? Has he completely lost his way when it comes to making movies? Truth be told, it's a fascinating take on the vampire story (Lee can argue all he wants that this isn't a vampire story but hell, if this isn't a vampire story, neither is Dracula) which sees Stephen Tyrone Williams play historian Dr. Hess Greene who is doing research on a little known African tribe when he becomes infected by an artefact and finds himself craving blood.
After much wandering, Hess comes into contact with Ganja (Zaraah Abrahams), the estranged wife of Hess' missing research partner. Ganja and Hess (ha!) begin a romantic relationship that eventually leads to her discovery of his secr [Continued ...] »
A Kickstarter-financed Spike Lee Joint, Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus is a new kind of love story, one that centers on an addiction to blood that once doomed a long forgotten ancient African tribe. When Dr. Hess Green (Stephen Tyrone Williams) is introduced to, and then murdered with, a mysteriously cursed artifact by art curator Lafayette Hightower (Elvis Nolasco), he is uncontrollably drawn into a newfound thirst for blood that overwhelms his soul. Lafayette quickly succumbs to the ravenous nature of the infliction, killing himself, but leaves Hess a transformed man. Soon Lafayette’s wife, Ganja (Zaraah Abrahams), comes looking for her husband and becomes involved in a dangerous romance with Hess that questions the very nature of love, addiction, sex, and status in our seemingly sophisticated society. The couple marry, and Hess seems genuinely in love, while Ganja is genuinely in love with her new position, and not in »
- Tom Stockman
After a theatrical run in February Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, directed by Spike Lee, will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on May 26th, 2015. Also in this round-up: release details on a Fright Rags shirt for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and a trailer for The Man in the Shadows.
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus: Press Release -- "Anchor Bay Entertainment and Gravitas Ventures will release the Spike Lee thriller Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus on Blu-ray™ and DVD on May 26, 2015. The film previously hit theaters on February 13th after a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the production. It’s a reinterpretation of Bill Gunn’s horror cult film “Ganja & Hess”, which played as a Critics Choice at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival; Spike Lee’s stylized thriller features an Original Score by Bruce Hornsby.
- Tamika Jones
Sneak Peek writer/director Spike Lee's comedy romance thriller "Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus", starring Stephen Tyrone Williams, Felicia Pearson, Rami Malek, Elvis Nolasco and Zaraah Abrahams, available on DVD and Blu-ray, May 19, 2015 from Anchor Bay Entertainment:
"...'Dr. Hess Green' (Williams) becomes cursed by a mysterious ancient African artifact and is overwhelmed with a newfound thirst for blood.
"He however is not a vampire. But soon after his transformation he enters into a dangerous romance with 'Ganja Hightower' (Abrahams) that questions the very nature...
"...of love, addiction, sex, and status in our seemingly sophisticated society..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus"...
- Michael Stevens
Spike Lee films tend to fall into two categories, masterpieces and trainwrecks. His latest, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, leans to the latter. However, even his failures – including this – work as engrossing bits of cinema. The reason why Spike Lee is as fascinating even in his failures is because the same tireless, fiery energy is always present . He always has something to say in his films, even if he runs into trouble in how he says them: When Lee trips and falls, he hits the ground hard enough to shake you.
A remake of the 1973 Bill Gunn film Ganja & Hess, Lee’s film follows Dr. Hess Green (Stephen Tyrone Williams) who after getting stabbed by an ancient artifact, becomes addicted to blood. Soon after he enters into a romance with Ganja »
- Dylan Griffin
America is awakening from the fantasy of living in a post-racial society despite the leadership of a black president. This current racial landscape is crucial to understanding the attitudes and addictions in Da Sweet Blood of Jesus. Many African Americans are angry, thirsty for blood, or have coped with hardships through destructive habits. The pastor’s message in a black Baptist church is timely and resonates emotionally. “Put down that 22, put down the 38, put down your 45! Oh, glory to God lift up your Bible and put down that oozie! You don’t need no Ak 47, you need Romans 8:21,” he howls.
It feels cold: an exhausting insatiable desire; like a vampire’s thirst for blood, addiction is unsatisfying. No amount of sex, drugs or violence can kill the inner beast and satisfy the need for redemption. For all the gruesome blood on display in the blaxploitation vampire flick, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, »
- Josh Cabrita
S’Blood: Lee’s Facsimile of Bill Gunn an Odd Satisfaction
Surprisingly, after the failure of his 2013 remake of Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy, provocateur Spike Lee’s latest, the Kickstarter funded Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, is also a remake, a modernization of Bill Gunn’s 1973 classic Ganja & Hess, a film tenuously positioned within the spectrum of Blaxploitation. Lee initially explained that the film was about blood addiction and not vampires, with early conversations indicating that this had nothing to do with the likes of Blacula. But those familiar with Gunn’s brilliant and strange (if somewhat compromised) original film will see his stamp all over it, directed with uneasy disconnect from Lee. It’s an odd, sometimes off-putting film, but it strikes a distinctive, addictive chord, generating a particular scent that will draw you down its path. Though Lee expressly wishes the focus of the film to be about »
- Nicholas Bell
Hi everyone! This is a feature we’ve been running in every issue of Deadly Horror & Sci-Fi Magazine and I thought this would also be a great resource for our readers here at Daily Dead as it can be often very difficult to keep up with everything arriving on VOD platforms each and every month.
Be sure to check back on the first week of each month to get all the details on what genre films you can look forward to on VOD!
The Voices (Lionsgate)- 2/6
Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) is an affable singleton who works on the factory floor at a bathtub factory, ever eager to get along with his co-workers, especially Fiona, (Gemma Arterton) and Lisa (Anna Kendrick) from accounts. After work Jerry goes home to his pet cat, Mr. Whiskers, and loyal dog Bosco, where the three of them hang out, watch TV and discuss the day’s events. »
- Heather Wixson
In writer-director Spike Lee's new film, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, Stephen Tyrone Williams plays a man who becomes cursed with an addiction to drinking blood. Zaraah Abrahams is the woman with whom he falls in love during this, let us say, interesting chapter in his life. Something else interesting about Lee's film: He used Kickstarter to finance this remake of the 1973 cult horror movie Ganja & Hess, which is available to watch via Lee's 40 Acres website and will arrive in cinemas, Feb. 13. Below, find an exclusive clip from the film—and Lee talking about Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, »
- Clark Collis
The film is available in the U.S. for a $9.99 24-hour streaming rental or $14.99 digital download at vimeo.com/ondemand/dasweetbloodofjesus.
“I’m hyped on my partnership with Vimeo to get my new joint ‘Da Sweet Blood of Jesus’ out to the world in a new way,” Lee said in a statement. “This is the future of film distribution. Please join us.”
Lee has said the movie was inspired by Bill Gunn’s “Ganja & Hess,” which screened at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival. Lee first saw “Ganja & Hess” when he attended Nyu film school, where he now teaches.
The filmmaker, who co-wrote and produced “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus,” raised $1.4 million on Kickstarter for the movie — over the $1.25 million he asked for — from more than 6,400 backers. »
- Todd Spangler
10 items from 2015
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