Stream of the Day: How ‘Ganja & Hess’ Became Much More Than a Black Vampire Story

Published on Mar 26, 2020

Stream of the Day: How ‘Ganja & Hess’ Became Much More Than a Black Vampire Story

With readers turning to their home viewing options more than ever, this daily feature provides one new movie each day worth checking out on a major streaming platform.

Pioneering filmmaker Bill Gunn’s 1973 iconoclastic “Ganja & Hess” revolutionized the vampire genre and was effectively suppressed in the United States because it wasn’t the Hollywood horror movie that its producers had commissioned the artist to make. Gunn made a film unlike anything that came before it (and arguably even after), at a time when black films weren’t allowed to be much more than empty sensation. It comes with a mythical backstory that should inspire all filmmakers, but especially young black directors who would use the impulse to get creative.

The early ’70s

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Author: Tambay Obenson