First Trailer for Spike Lee’s Latest DA SWEET BLOOD OF JESUS

40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks has released the first trailer for Spike Lee‘s crowd-funded Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, which is based on Bill Gunn’s erotic horror film Ganja & Hess, a 1973 movie that revolutionized the vampire genre but had gone woefully underseen.

Lee’s stylized thriller features an original score by Bruce Hornsby and is described as:

a new kind of love story, one that centers on an addiction to blood that once doomed a long forgotten ancient African tribe. When Dr. Hess Green (Stephen Tyrone Williams) is introduced to a mysteriously cursed artifact by an art curator, Lafayette Hightower (Elvis Nolasco), he is uncontrollably drawn into a newfound thirst for blood that overwhelms his soul. He however is not a vampire. Lafayette quickly succumbs to the ravenous nature of the infliction but leaves Hess a transformed man. Soon Lafayette’s wife, Ganja Hightower (Zaraah Abrahams), comes looking for her husband and becomes involved in a dangerous romance with Hess that questions the very nature of love, addiction, sex, and status in our seemingly sophisticated society.

Rami Malek, Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Joie Lee, Felicia “Snoop” Pearson, and Jeni Perillo round out Da Sweet Blood of Jesus cast.  See it below.

Not sure what to think, but I’m glad to see Spike didn’t shy away from the sexuality of the original, which played as a Critics’ Choice at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival.

Spike Lee's Crowd-Funded Film

The film arrives in theaters and VOD on February 13, 2015.