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Ratings & Reviews

  1. El Biffo's rating of the film Ganja & Hess

    An imperfect film, but also totally original and unforgettable. So many layers.

  2. Fabiha's rating of the film Ganja & Hess

    "So we got three things: some grape jelly, hominy grits, and an extension cord."

  3. Pymo's rating of the film Ganja & Hess

    Let me be pure through your blood.

  4. dylan's rating of the film Ganja & Hess

    Excellent soundtrack backs a journey through a beautifully shot and subject-serious vampire flick. The action is subtle and the mood is emotionally ambiguous but it's certainly a visual and aural treasure.

  5. Stian Gledje Bekkvik's rating of the film Ganja & Hess

  6. Bertha's rating of the film Ganja & Hess

  7. Erik F.'s rating of the film Ganja & Hess

    I didn't know what to expect going into this, and, now that I've seen it, I don't have the slightest idea what to make of it -- but I like films like that, so it's OK! I can say that I wasn't expecting it to be so funny (at times).

  8. Max Seqgar's rating of the film Ganja & Hess

    Far much better than the recent Spike Lee remake, in all senses, particularly the acting.

  9. S Campbell's rating of the film Ganja & Hess

  10. klofter's rating of the film Ganja & Hess

    Mesmerizing and mysterious as well as visually striking and deeply affecting. Every time I see it, I discover a new facet to this profound work of art (there is no other way to describe it). A singular, stunning achievement from a mind that seems to simultaneously not be from this world and to have a better grasp on human nature than most of us. A masterpiece.

  11. Morris Bros.'s rating of the film Ganja & Hess

  12. Jesse Furgurson's rating of the film Ganja & Hess

    A major work. Hugely imperfect, but many of its imperfections contribute to the poetic delirium.

  13. David R Williams's rating of the film Ganja & Hess

    Falls more under the art-film genre than blaxploitation - this is the full 110 minute version rather than the severly truncated 78 minute theatrical release. One reviewer said..."an experimental overlapping of dialogue, image, voiceover and music that makes you feel as if you're suffering from an awful fever dream" - indeed.

  14. OcioActivo's rating of the film Ganja & Hess

    I'll be the first to admit it; I don't entirely 'get' this film. Blaxploitation is a sub-genre is either love or hate it feels. Anyway, G&H is at its best memorable, abstract, and mesmerizing. It fits somewhere in the middle as far as vampire flicks go. The 70's effects do it justice in my opinion; unsettling. At is worst, the film barely carries a story or thought in a sensible way; confusing, meandering, & preachy.

  15. Tom Cottey's rating of the film Ganja & Hess

    A bold, brilliant and psychedelic film by Bill Gunn. Up there with Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg's Performance. I reviewed it here:

  16. Jalise's rating of the film Ganja & Hess

  17. Wee Hunk's rating of the film Ganja & Hess

    It's all about the struggle between the bourgoisie and the proletariat. Rich people love to eat the poor. You need a 1970s brain to truly understand this movie. I used to have one. Nice visuals.

  18. msmichel's rating of the film Ganja & Hess

    Though certainly not what the producers expected Bill Gunn's ground breaking, influential art film has gained a following with age. Gunn's take on vampirism and black spirituality offers much more than a horror offering. One can only suppose its influence on later films such as Romero's 'Martin', Ferrara's "The Addiction" and Fessenden's 'Habit'. Low production values (especially sound) don't take away the impact.

  19. MoeHartman's rating of the film Ganja & Hess

    Mislabeled as cheap blaxploitation horror, Bill Gunn's Ganja & Hess is an emotionally complex and deliberately paced psychological meditation on addiction with an inspired turn by Duane Jones in one of his few post-Living Dead roles. The 16mm photography is naturalistic and vibrant and is accompanied nicely by a versatile and sometimes surreal score by Sam Waymon (brother and sometimes collaborator of Nina Simone).

  20. mpho3's rating of the film Ganja & Hess

    "You could say that Bill Gunn was a man who came before his time, but that leaves you working under the flimsy assumption that a time more hospitable to this man of undeniable talents and mercurial preoccupations would some day come." - Brandon Harris, Filmmaker Magazine. 3.5 stars

  21. Eric Sherwood's rating of the film Ganja & Hess

  22. Karen Cormier's rating of the film Ganja & Hess

    This is a film packed with enigma, eloquence, fatalism and meandering references to Voudoun and African roots. It is a must see for fans of Night of The Living Dead due to the presence of Duane Jones and shows what cinema is all about. It would be a chic double feature with Vampyros Lesbos, or a perfect triple with Morissey's Blood for Dracula.

  23. Duncan Gray's rating of the film Ganja & Hess

    One of my favorite MUBI discoveries! History may simplify it as part of the "blaxploitation" wave, but that does little justice to its adventurous combination of schlock, lyricism, commentary, and the avant-garde, plus a few exquisite monologs from the director's background as a playwright. It's a shame this was buried for so long and that Bill Gunn's film career was cut so short.

  24. Den-Leroy Kangalee's rating of the film Ganja & Hess

    A masterpiece and it was the ONLY American film shown in Cannes in 1973. It is NOT a "blaxploitation" film as MUBI (and white people insist) as it was funded knowing that Bill Gunn was a serious Triple Threat artist and a maverick of African-American drama. He was the second black filmmaker to direct a movie for Hollywood (Gordon Parks was the first) but his film "Stop" was shelved. Gunn was a radical and a genius.

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