A revenge-horror re-imagining of Bill Gunn‘s Ganja & Hess (1973), Da Sweet Blood of Jesus is an experimental “new kind of love story” starring Stephen Tyrone Williams as Dr. Hess Green and Zaraah Abrahams as Ganja Hightower.
Dr. Green becomes “cursed by a mysterious ancient artifact and is overwhelmed with a newfound thirst for blood,” though he is not a vampire. “Soon after his transformation he enters into a dangerous romance with Gangja that questions the very nature of love, addiction, sex, and status in our seemingly sophisticated society.”
The 40 Acres and a Mule production includes Rami Malek (Mr. Robot), Elvis Nolasco (American Crime), Thomas Jefferson Byrd (Ray), Joie Lee (Coffee and Cigarettes), Felicia “Snoop” Pearson (The Wire), and Jeni Perillo (Da Brick).
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus premiered at the American Black Film Festival as the closing film in June 2014. It was released to VOD in January 2015 before its theatrical release on February 15, 2015 through Gravitas Ventures. Watch the trailer below.