Lee’s Strange Vampire Saga Turns Sour in Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

Da Sweet Blood of JesusSpike Lee took a bunch of provocative ideas, put them in a blender, and poured out Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, an audacious but muddled character study that nevertheless proves the veteran filmmaker can never be easily dismissed.

It’s a remake of the obscure 1973 film Ganja and Hess that offers a bizarre probe of religion, art and sexuality through a story of vampirism and uncontrolled lust. Yet the meandering script and uneven performances make the film more noteworthy for its effort than its execution.

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