Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

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Da Sweet Blood of Jesus has no shortage of style, but it isn't enough to make this horror-tinged Spike Lee joint one of his best -- or worth recommending.



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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 Lafayette's 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 Lee's stylized thriller features an Original Score by Bruce Hornsby.


Critic Reviews for Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

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  • "Da Sweet Blood of Jesus" is a bold but wildly uneven, bloody mess of a film, sunk in large part by the subpar performances by nearly every major character in nearly every major role.

    Feb 26, 2015 | Rating: 1.5
  • Never once does the film feel sharp on black identity (as did Bill Gunn's original), and the terror is theoretical only.

    Feb 20, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The film is a hypnotically nightmarish mood piece more than anything else; it makes sense and yet doesn't make sense, in the way that dreams do and don't make sense.

    Feb 13, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Unrepentant, uneven and unique, "Da Sweet Blood of Jesus" proves that Lee can still make a film worthy of the arguments it will most certainly start.

    Feb 13, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

    James Rocchi

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  • Da Sweet Blood of Jesus is a mess, but it's the kind of mess only one of our greatest filmmakers could make.

    Feb 13, 2015 | Full Review…
  • While this return to indie roots frees up Lee's often gifted image making, his usual pace issues and penchant for jagged flourish over sustained feeling keep it from achieving a rich, strange, sexy and sad whole.

    Feb 12, 2015 | Full Review…

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