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Dr. Hess Green becomes cursed by a mysterious ancient African artifact and is overwhelmed with a newfound thirst for blood. He however is not a vampire. Soon after his transformation he ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Tyrone Williams ... Dr. Hess Greene
Zaraah Abrahams ... Ganja Hightower
Rami Malek ... Seneschal Higginbottom
Elvis Nolasco ... Lafayette Hightower
Thomas Jefferson Byrd ... Bishop Zee
Joie Lee ... Nurse Colquitt
Felicia Pearson ... Lucky Mays (as Felicia 'Snoop' Pearson)
Jeni Perillo ... Sahara Paysinger
Katherine Borowitz ... Ms. Staples
Donna Dixon ... Ms. Blair
Chiz Schultz Chiz Schultz ... Dr. Redding
Lauren Macklin Lauren Macklin ... Nurse Royster
Steven Hauck ... Dr. Wood
Stephen McKinley Henderson ... Deacon Yancy (as Stephen Henderson)
Rafael Osorio Rafael Osorio ... Doorman Clemente
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Dr. Hess Green becomes cursed by a mysterious ancient African artifact and is overwhelmed with a newfound thirst for blood. He however is not a vampire. Soon after his transformation he enters into a dangerous romance with Ganja Hightower that questions the very nature of love, addiction, sex, and status. Written by Production

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13 January 2015 (USA) See more »

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$1,420,000 (estimated)
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According to cinematographer Daniel Patterson 90 percent of the film was shot with two and sometimes three cameras rolling simultaneously. See more »

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Very Strange
12 May 2015 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Dr. Hess Green becomes cursed by a mysterious ancient African artifact and is overwhelmed with a new-found thirst for blood.

Spike Lee has made a very strange film here. Maybe because it was based on another film that happens to be rather strange ("Ganja and Hess") or maybe because it was filmed with a low budget and short on time, with relatively unknown actors... but there is something decidedly off about the picture.

Like the original, there is an ongoing metaphor about addiction. The main character is not a vampire in the traditional sense, despite an unquenchable thirst for blood. He expresses that many (perhaps most) people have addictions... drugs, money, alcohol, women... his is just different.

The Jesus parallel is played up from the original. There is indeed something strange about a man (Jesus) who asks his followers to eat his flesh and drink his blood. Christians, of course, do not find it strange. And that makes the parallel interesting... why do we recoil at one man's thirst for blood and yet look forward to drinking blood each Sunday without thinking anything of it?


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