Ganja & Hess

Flirting with the conventions of blaxploitation and the horror cinema, Bill Gunn's revolutionary independent film GANJA & HESS is a highly stylized and utterly original treatise on sex, religion, and African American identity. Duane Jones (Night of the Living Dead) stars as anthropologist Hess Green, who is stabbed with an ancient ceremonial dagger by his unstable assistant (director Bill Gunn), endowing him with the blessing of immortality, and the curse of an unquenchable thirst for blood. When the assistant's beautiful and outspoken wife Ganja (Marlene Clark) comes searching for her vanished husband, she and Hess form an unexpected partnership. Together, they explore just how much power there is in the blood.

- Synopsis provided by CinemaSource

Credits

Directors:

  • Bill Gunn
  • Fima Noveck

Cast:

  • Duane Jones
  • Marlene Clark
  • Bill Gunn
  • John Hoffmeister
  • Leonard Jackson
  • Sam Waymon
  • Mabel King
  • Betty Barney
  • Enrico Fales
  • Tara Fields

Writer:

  • Bill Gunn

Producer:

  • Chiz Schultz

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