On this week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie, I sit down with critic Ashlee Blackwell, who’s the founder of the excellent GraveyardShiftSisters website and a writer and producer on the new Shudder documentary Horror Noire. Getting her to choose a movie for the show wasn’t difficult.
Ashlee went with Ganja & Hess, Bill Gunn’s landmark work of Black horror starring Duane Jones, the hero of Night of the Living Dead, and Marlene Clark, who had small roles in Putney Swope and Enter the Dragon but really arrived with this one. Not quite a vampire movie and not quite a love story, it walks a weird, tingly line between conventional genre storytelling and intuitive, experimental cinema. There’s really nothing else like it.
It’s a shortish episode, but Ashlee packed a lot of analysis into half an hour of conversation. And this usually goes without saying, but in this case I’m saying it: It would be very helpful if you watch the film before listening to this episode.
You know this bit: Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Stitcher, or download the episode directly from the web. And then go watch Horror Noire — and be sure to stay through the credits.