Ganja & Hess (1973) - Drama, Fantasy, Horror

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After being stabbed with an ancient, germ-infested knife, a doctor's assistant finds himself with an insatiable desire for blood.

IMDB: 6.2
Director: Bill Gunn
Stars: Duane Jones, Marlene Clark
Length: 110 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 11 out of 32 found boring (34.37%)

One-line Reviews (34)

That just makes the film seem endlessly long and excruciatingly boring, since we don't have anything to really get a grasp on at all beyond the few decent moments of eroticism and sensuality present in their romance with each other.

Uncommon, yet entertaining.

I can't say I liked it very much because, honestly, it's a super-pretentious film that goes on for far too long without actually handling about anything.

Ganja and Hess is a shoddy, ill-conceived and painfully tedious experience.

We even get a few additional characters that pop into the story and other strange bits like a wedding scene and a drawn out sequence inside a church.

This is just dull and boring and make most wish for the two hours of their life back.

I had never heard of this film prior to reading the article (which also mentioned that the movie could be found on video under various alternate titles, including "Blood Couple" and "Black Vampire"), but it sounded intriguing and I kept an eye out for it.

Duane Jones ("Night of the Living Dead") gives a marvelously languid performance as a doctor who suffers from an insatiable desire for human blood, brought onto him after being stabbed with an ancient cursed dagger.

They just see a film with virtually no plot and tons of pointless imagery and immediately decide it's an art film and a masterpiece.

The music score adds that much more to it, while the photography and editing techniques envelop the whole in a truly stunning visual style.

The narrative is practically non-existent (and needlessly overlong and confusing).

I'm completely open to abstract film and the use of images to convey your symbolism, but you can achieve the same effect and still present an entertaining narrative.

I'm sure I'll get Not Helpfuls from the folks who assume that I'm just not intelligent or artistic enough to appreciate this "classic masterpiece", but this could have been done well, done intelligently and still created a much more entertaining film in the meantime.

It could be funny, sad,exciting, scary, enlightening, or just plain entertaining.

There was a time when film was slower.

I felt that the film was unbearably slow moving, featured unsympathetic characters, suffered from lackadaisical direction and mumbled line readings, contained numerous scenes that petered out listlessly and meaninglessly, and concluded with an excruciatingly protracted gospel finale.

The result is a pretentious dud full of meandering scenes, mumbled dialogue and offbeat action, a tortuously trippy pile of tosh that left its backers (and me) distinctly unimpressed.

A sleep-inducing mess not worth your time.

That said, one would have to be blind not to see there's a lot bubbling just beneath the surface and like Masaki Kobayashi's KAIDAN, I was carried along by the film's visual style even if the tale was rather slow-moving and not as horrific as I'd like.

Put aside your expectations of fangs and capes and bats and you may find yourself really getting immersed in Hess Green's nightmare.

Ultimately, I thought the film was boring, incomprehensible, amateurish, and almost unwatchable.

What I heard was very repetitive "music" that got increasingly annoying.

Duane Jones is fascinating as ever, even he's made only so-and-so-much films.

I thought that sense it had Duane jones staring as the main character that it would have at least a little potential in it but what i saw most of his acting was boring dialogue and not enough enthusiasm in his character.

Dull, incoherent, pedestrian direction, mediocre acting, clueless editing, blind cinematography, and almost certainly no writing (this thing surely couldn't have been scripted).

As a white person, this viewer can't really delve into the meanings, symbolism, and imagery intended for the African-American audience, but he certainly found this to be an intriguing film that owes more to art films than conventional horror.

This is a truly abysmal effort that has very little elements that are enjoyable and wasn't all that entertaining at all.

Put simply, this is one of the most boring films I have ever seen: the artsy fartsy approach, the aimless direction, the pointless discourse (including a baffling monologue about a snowball fight), and the prolonged evangelical church service at the end all making for a dull experience.

The main thing with this is that nothing happens at all in here and it's an endless repeat of boring blather about nothing in particular or endless looping of an admittedly-catchy tribal song and not much else, as the film's barely-there plot unfolds in such a confusing, mystifying manner that there's almost no way to ensure what's going on at all.

The story pointless and the direction varies between arty and overdone to dull and sluggish.

However, the movie is entertaining and I must say somewhat ahead of it's time in cinema.

It's a really weird and ultra-slow film, definitely not suitable viewing in case you are looking for barbaric 70's horror.

A disastrous, boring and just dreadful attempt to make an art horror film.

The best kinds of "different" films are the ones that challenge the norms and conventions of moviemaking while engaging the viewer emotionally in some way.