|A really offbeat black vampire film.
When his research assistant George stabs him with an ancient dagger, archaeologist Hess Green (Jones, from 1968's Night of the Living Dead) becomes a blood-addicted vampire.
After George commits suicide, his beautiful & sharp-tongued wife Ganja (Clark) comes looking for her wayward husband - and finds only the brooding Hess.
The two dig each other, and it's not long before Hess decides to make Ganja his partner in all things: love, marriage...and blood drinking!
Neither blaxploitation nor typical genre horror, this 1973 oddity is a low budget attempt at transgressive filmmaking on all levels: structurally, thematically, presentationally.
But it's an experiment which fails.
Director Gunn's nonlinear narrative and forced surrealism don't work because Ganja rarely bothers to dip into the mundane world of reality or even logic; as such, the viewer isn't given a chance to gain even the most basic point of reference.
The real casualty becomes the dreamlike dances of Ganja, which are reduced to nothing more than a detached rendering of floating images and soulless sounds.
The plus side? Clark delivers a terrific performance as Ganja, and there are one or two moments of focused terror, such as the gritty slaying of a whore and her pimp.
Aka Blood Couple.