Ganja & Hess
Anthropologist hess green is stabbed with an historic ceremonial dagger via his unstable assistant, endowing him with the blessing of immortality and the curse of an unquenchable thirst for blood. When the assistant’s spouse ganja comes trying to find her vanished husband, she and hess form an unexpected partnership. Gunn makes use of vampirism as a proxy for dependancy, even though the complexity of the plot makes it nearly not possible to reduce the film to any individual easy metaphor.
Notably recut through distributors unhappy with gunn’s exceptionally stylized version that flirts with the conventions of blaxploitation and horror cinema, it become re-launched below different titles. And so, for many years, what turned into essentially a bastardized model of the movie (re-edited without gunn’s involvement) turned into all that became available. 40 years later, kino lorber made the film gods glad by re-freeing the movie, restored to gunn’s original vision.