Director Spike Lee raised $1.4 million on Kickstarter to help him make Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, a film about a high-society scholar who becomes cursed by an artifact and develops a relentless craving for blood. And the first trailer hints at the movie's themes of social status, violence, and addiction.
Lee filmed the low-budget horror comedy, an update of Bill Gunn's 1973 vampire film Ganja and Hess, in just 16 days. The trailer's a bit overly enigmatic, but the plot description helps us understand what Lee is shooting for:
Spike Lee's new stylized thriller DA SWEET BLOOD OF JESUS is a new kind of love story. Dr. Hess Green (Stephen Tyrone Williams) becomes cursed by a mysterious ancient Afrian artifact and is overwhelmed with a newfound thirst for blood. He however is not a vampire. Soon after his transformation he enters into a dangerous romance with Ganja Hightower (Zaraah Abrahams) that questions the very nature of love, addiction, sex, and status in our seemingly sophisticated society.
One thing we're definitely not getting from this trailer is the dark humor that Lee promises, but we'll have to see what subsequent promo materials bring. Da Sweet Blood of Jesus is currently making the rounds on the festival circuit, and hits theaters and VOD February 13, 2015.