Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2014)

Director: Spike Lee

Writer(s): Spike Lee (screenplay), Bill Gunn, Vinnie Lewis

Starring: Stephen Tyrone Williams, Zaraah Abrahams, Rami Malek, Elvis Nolasco, Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Joie Lee, Felicia Pearson, Jeni Perillo, Katherine Borowitz, Donna Dixon, Chiz Schultz, Lauren Macklin, Steven Hauck, Stephen Henderson, Rafael Osorio, Cinqué Lee, Lil Buck, Naté Bova, Al Palagonia, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Kayinde J. Harris, Siedah Garrett, Jaylah Smith, Jade Smith, Bobbi Jo Kitchen, Evgeny Freidman, Richard P. Anthony, Don Gregory Jr., Doug Abdelnour, Raphael Saadiq, Valerie Simpson, Raymond Luke Jr., Jonathan Batiste, Ilias Ferran, Carl Lemar Carter, Jack Ashford, Miche Braden, Chynaah Maryoung, Cheryl Barclay, Chelsea Waller, Leah Al-Nisa Wilson, Briana Swann, Chrystal Atmosphere, Leslie Peterson, Lynne M. Womble, De’Adre Aziza, Lady Peachena, Omegia Randleman, Peggie Miller, Cheryl A. Bragg, Kevin Franklin, Brian Jones, Kevin E. Taylor, Edwin Robinson, Jon Marin

Synopsis: A 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 a mysteriously cursed artifact by an art curator, Lafayette Hightower (Elvis Nolasco), he is uncontrollably drawn into a newfound thirst for blood that overwhelms his soul. He however is not a vampire. Lafayette quickly succumbs to the ravenous nature of the infliction but leaves Hess a transformed man. Soon Lafayettes wife, Ganja Hightower (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.

A reinterpretation of Bill Gunn’s horror cult film Ganja & Hess, which played as a Critics Choice at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, Spike Lees stylized thriller features an Original Score by Bruce Hornsby.

Release Date: January 13, 2015 | Length: 123 min | Genre: Comedy, Romance, Thriller | MPAA Rating: NR


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