GANJA & HESS
1973, Kino Lorber, 113 min, USA, Dir: Bill Gunn

Flirting with the conventions of blaxploitation and horror, Bill Gunn’s revolutionary independent film is a highly stylized and utterly original treatise on sex, religion and African-American identity. Duane Jones (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD) stars as anthropologist Hess Green, who is stabbed with an ancient ceremonial dagger by his unstable assistant (director Bill 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 and explore just how much power blood holds.


NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD
1968, Janus Films, 96 min, USA, Dir: George Romero

Director George Romero’s unqualified masterpiece pits a handful of citizens holed up in a farmhouse against a newly revived horde of flesh-eating zombies. The cast of talented unknowns (headed by Duane Jones) are all alarmingly believable as they fight for life, trying to escape a bad dream that gets uncompromisingly worse and more horrifying as the hours crawl by.


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