Innocent Blood

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John Landis tries to replicate the quirky gory horror/sick-comedy "vein" he mined in An American Werewolf in London in Innocent Blood. Anne Parillaud plays Marie, a lonely vampire trapped in Pittsburgh and looking for some fresh blood. When a local gang war breaks out, Marie sees it as the perfect cover for her blood feasts. Her plan is to dine on the goodfellas ("What about Italian?" she asks) and then destroy the evidence of her supper with a well-directed gun blast. But the coroner sees something usual when he gets to examine the gangland corpses, "There's a problem. Not enough blood. This guy's about five quarts too low." Meanwhile, an undercover cop named Joe Gennaro (Anthony LaPaglia) begins to suspect that Marie might be responsible for the killings after witnessing her lighter-than-air stunts in a church after some gangsters attack her. Things get more complicated when Marie seduces mob-boss Sal "The Shark" Macelli (Robert Loggia). Unable to finish her snack, Sal escapes and becomes one of the undead -- back from the grave but lusting after blood. Sal wants to start a new race of mob vampires, DeadFellas. This forces Marie to team up with Joe to stop Sal's blood brothers from taking over Pittsburgh.

Cast

Robert Loggia
as Sal `the Shark' Macelli
Anthony LaPaglia
as Joe Gennaro
Don Rickles
as Bergman
Tony Lip
as Frank
Peter Cushing
as Van Helsing
Rohn Thomas
as Coroner
Ike
as German Shepherd
Christopher Lee
as Count Dracula
Angela Bassett
as US Attorney Sinclair
Luis Guzman
as Morales
Bela Lugosi
as Count Dracula
Tom Savini
as News Photographer
Dan Quayle
as Vice President of the United States
Lamont Arnold
as Morgue Desk Man
Yancey Arias
as Coroner's Assistant
Frank Oz
as Pathologist
Forrest J Ackerman
as Stolen Car Man
Elaine Kagan
as Frannie Bergman
Michael Ritchie
as Night Watchman
Bernard Hocke
as Motel Clerk
Sam Raimi
as Roma Meats Man
Dario Argento
as Paramedic
David Earle
as Reporter
Harry Gions
as Orderly
Michael Wolk
as Surgeon
Russ Cochran
as Panhandler
Teri Weigel
as Melody Lounge Dancer
Lisa Ann Baker
as Melody Lounge Dancer
Christina Jimenez
as Melody Lounge Dancer
Christina Bowers
as Melody Lounge Dancer
Kim Currow
as Melody Lounge Dancer
Christina Diaz
as Melody Lounge Dancer
Kim Melton
as Melody Lounge Dancer
Robin Place
as Melody Lounge Dancer
Regina Poole
as Melody Lounge Dancer
Tracy Rolen
as Melody Lounge Dancer
Tammy Ulm
as Melody Lounge Dancer
Katrina Witt
as Melody Lounge Dancer
Maribe Zolli
as Melody Lounge Dancer
Vic Noto
as Tommy
Rick Avery
as Cab Driver
Bob Minor
as Bus Driver
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Critic Reviews for Innocent Blood

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Audience Reviews for Innocent Blood

  • Aug 07, 2011
    unsuccessful film from the mind of an american werewolf in london. same concept just never works
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Apr 04, 2011
    Innocent Blood is a movie I just can't stand. I know it's not trying to be great, but it's so bad I had trouble making it through the whole thing. John Landis has made good movies that I've really liked, so it's weird I hate this so much. The whole vampires-mob plot was just a little too much.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 29, 2010
    An uneven but entertaining blend of graphic horror and black comedy from John Landis, very much in the mode of the director's successful An American Werewolf in London. French actress Anne Parillaud -- star of Luc Besson's acclaimed thriller La Femme Nikita -- plays Marie, a lithe and lovely vampire with a conscience who will not take "innocent blood" and maintains a low profile by dining exclusively on criminals and lowlifes. She finds a virtual smorgasbord in Pittsburgh's criminal underworld, arriving in the thick of a bloody mob war sparked by ruthless kingpin Sal Macelli (Robert Loggia). After preying on one of Macelli's hoods (Chazz Palminteri), Marie fumbles her attack on the boss himself and he manages to escape, eventually transforming into a vampire himself. Macelli soon comes to appreciate his new superhuman condition and hatches a diabolical scheme to control the syndicates by turning his underlings into vampires -- including his beleaguered lawyer, Emmanuel Bergman (Don Rickles). Marie, faced with a new and powerful undead enemy, is forced to take matters into her own claws. To this end she enlists the reluctant aid (and eventual affection) of undercover cop Joe Gennaro (Anthony LaPaglia), whose cover has just been leaked to the press, making him a target for Macelli and his growing army of blood drinkers. Landis has crafted a dark and brooding film, pumped up with bouts of extreme gore and gangland violence -- but where American Werewolf's occasional comic touches helped to ground the story and give the "straight" horror scenes more punch, most attempts at humor here seem jarring and out of place. The film's highlights come from numerous horror in-jokes, including cameos from Sam Raimi, Clive Barker, Dario Argento and Linnea Quigley; Rickles' explosive death scene ranks among the weirdest in cinema history.
    Martin D Super Reviewer
  • Mar 04, 2008
    Saw it on opening day. Was way disappointed.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer

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