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Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2015)



Critic Consensus: 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.

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Elvis Nolasco
as Lafayette Hightower
Zaraah Abrahams
as Ganja Hightower
Rami Malek
as Seneschal Higginbottom
Felicia Pearson
as Lucky Mays
Jeni Perillo
as Sahara Paysinger
Donna Dixon
as Ms. Blair
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Critic Reviews for Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (16)

"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.

February 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.

February 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.

February 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.

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

February 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.

February 12, 2015 | Full Review…

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