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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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Spike Lee does a vampire movie!? It's as odd as it sounds!
15 February 2015 | by bbickley13-921-58664See all my reviews

A remake of a Blaxpolation film called Ganja & Hess, Dr. Green is a expert on African artifacts who after a botched murder, suicide begins a strange addiction to blood that makes him indestructible.

A very strange low key indi vampire (sort of) picture. Reminds me of last years, Only Lovers Left Alive by Jim Jarmusch, but Mr. Lee is asking me to have a far more opened mind than Mr. Jarmush did.

The premise of the movie is about an African tribe who drank blood like it was alcohol or drugs, and a doctor who begins to practice this particular custom, feeling that it's society that made this addiction stranger than all others. I did enjoy the premise of not using the Eastern European origins of what is a vampire, at the same time, Spike use this as a comp out for when people come up to him and say "your vampire film really sucks"(bad pun cause no biting went on in the movie).

For the most part, I got the Impression that the film is more about addiction and how it can drive you and the people around you. I saw a movie no different than Requiem for a Dream, but the drug of choice was blood.

It definitely had the feel of a Spike Lee film all over it. His signature style was all over This cheap independent production and reminded me of his recent film, Red Hook Summer and his first film She's Gotta have it. The Jazz composed score really help push the story along too.

So this is what that Kickstarter campaign was all about, huh? Overall, it showed that Spike still has a foot inside true independent cinema, and it was something truly different an unexpected from the maker of Do the Right Thing. I think it has the makings of a Midnight Movie cult following. Way better than Old Boy


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