Ganja & Hess

Ganja & Hess

Directed by Bill Gunn • 1973 • United States
Starring Duane Jones, Marlene Clark, Bill Gunn

Straining the conventions of blaxploitation and horror through a singular avant-garde sensibility, Bill Gunn’s revolutionary independent landmark GANJA & HESS is a highly stylized and utterly original treatise on sex, religion, and African American identity. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD’s Duane Jones stars as anthropologist Hess Green, who is stabbed with an ancient ceremonial dagger by his unstable assistant (Gunn), bestowing upon him 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 missing husband, she and Hess form an unexpected partnership. Together, they explore just how much power blood holds.

Ganja & Hess
  • Ganja & Hess

    Directed by Bill Gunn • 1973 • United States
    Starring Duane Jones, Marlene Clark, Bill Gunn

    Straining the conventions of blaxploitation and horror through a singular avant-garde sensibility, Bill Gunn’s revolutionary independent landmark GANJA & HESS is a highly stylized and utterly original tre...

Extras

  • GANJA & HESS Commentary

  • Bill Gunn Interview

    This wide-ranging interview with director Bill Gunn was conducted in 1983.

    Interview conducted by Phyllis R. Klotman, courtesy of Black Film Center/Archive, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. The Black Film Center/Archive was established in 1981 as the first archival repository dedicated...