Innocent Blood (Full Screen) [Import]
John Landis was the perfect director for Innocent Blood, a horror-comedy hybrid that does for French vampires in Pittsburgh what Landis's An American Werewolf in London did for hungry lycanthropes in Picadilly Square. Anne Parillaud, the sexy star of La Femme Nikita, is perfectly cast as a beguiling vampire who must feed regularly on human blood, and when she spots a local Mafia kingpin (Robert Loggia), she says to herself, "I think I'll try Italian!" But once the Mafioso realizes he's now an undead vampire, he goes on a rampant crusade of bloodthirsty vengeance, biting his soldiers and consigliere (Don Rickles, no less!) to recruit an army of undead henchmen. Pretty soon Parillaud's teamed up with an undercover cop (Anthony LaPaglia) in an attempt to stop her victims from proliferating throughout the Pittsburgh underworld. (Disconnecting the central nervous system will kill a bloodsucker, and the powerful Parillaud can snap necks as efficiently as she bites them.)
Landis keeps it all moving at a raucous pace, favoring humor without sacrificing intelligent plotting and interesting characters. Parillaud evokes sympathy even when her eyes glow fiery red and she's ripping the throats out of her victims--hey, she's only trying to survive, right? And Loggia takes one of his best-ever roles and runs with it, spouting lines of Mafioso dialogue made hilarious by the fact that he's a walking, blood-soaked corpse. Morbid humor and gruesome makeup are abundant here, as well as Landis's trademark inclusion of cameos by such horror-movie icons as Dario Argento, Sam Raimi, and monster-fan extraordinaire Forrest J. Ackerman. With tenderness, toughness, a dash of kink, and plenty of laughs, this is the kind of guilty pleasure that includes "I've Got You Under My Skin" on the soundtrack, just for the sheer enjoyment of a campy double-entendre. How can you resist? --Jeff Shannon
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The film opens with a beautiful nude vampire Marie (Anne Parillaud) strutting about her apartment and planning her next meal. She has a conscience and is looking through the papers for real criminals to taste. She lives by a strict code (never play with the food, always finish the food, etc.). But things take a turn when she targets some local gangsters.
Her first target doesn't seem right . In reality he is a cop in deep cover. But she quickly finds a true gangster. Then, when she is really annoyed by Sallie, the head of the family, she goes after him (Robert Loggia) but is interrupted before she can finish him and ensure he does not rise. Sal, street-smart man that he is, quickly sees the advantages of being a vampire and sets out to convert the whole organization.
Now Marie must try and put a stop to what she created. To do this she needs the help of the man who lived with the family for two years. Her knowledge of what Sallie is combines with his knowledge of what Sallie was and a new type of turf war begins.
This is a wonderful film. Marie really is a sympathetic character although she can use a smile in extremely manipulative ways. Romance and an amazing handcuff scene round out the crime, vampires and killing. Landis could not have done better.
The detective is played by Anthony LaPaglia, and when he initially discovers Maries' true identity, he is very repulsed. However, she convinces him that she isn't such a monster, and eventually they become quite close.Read more ›
Anne Parillaud is great in this movie: funny, sexy, seductive, vulnerable, powerful, wise, and innocent. Yes, there are a few contradictory traits in her character - but there are in all people. With Anne's acting, you hardly notice the wonderful paradoxes of the movie's heroine.
Her sexy french accent does not hurt either!
She is the vampire and the action revolves around her and the consequences of her actions. One in particular: she bit the Wrong Guy. And then she fell for the Right Guy. The poor girl! Everything has consequences.
Whether she is the Right Girl for Him or not is a question the film keeps you guessing at right until the end.
This is not a low-quality B movie. Like "American Werewolf In London" it has its camp moments. But they are few and far between.
The writing is very good, the storyline is great, the actors top-notch. The film races, stalks, teases, taunts, tickles, and finally strikes its way to victory as a really good piece of entertainment.
If this sounds good to you then what are you waiting for?!!
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I am not particularly into the Vampire genre, but this one caught my attention over 15 years ago. It is filmed in Pittsburg, in winter and at night. Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2011 by rossuk
The packing house used in this movie was actually right down the street from my old house, and I remember that for about a week, everyone on the street would stand outside and... Read morePublished on March 15 2004 by Kate
MISS PARILUND HAS THE SWEETEST LITTLE BODY I'VE EVER SEEN OUTSIDE OF A PORNAGRAPHIC MOVIE AND SEEMS TO ENJOY SHOWING IT OFF,THE PLOT FEATURED HER SENSE OF HUMOR AS WELL,TOO BAD... Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2004 by Douglas J. Berry
I have never heard so may profanities thrown around in my life. Now about the plot, wait, there wasn't one. I expected more from such big name actors and the director. Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2003
An INCREDIBLY sexy vampire, Soprano's style gangsters, and an inventive and witty script. What more could you want on a do- nuttin Saturday night? Read morePublished on Sept. 23 2002 by Richard
From the director of "American Werewolf in London", John Landis comes the vampire equivalent in "Innocent Blood". It stars Anne Parillaud and Anthony LaPaglia. Read morePublished on July 15 2002 by Antoinette Avalon
A great film,more humour than horror! Good cast with witty dialogue and good script.Unfortunately the DVD has no extras,but that will not stop me from getting this film,as it is... Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2002 by Umbrella
Excellent horror/black comedy/gangster flick. Anne Parillaud is awesome! This movie BEGS for a sequel. QUICK! BEFORE THE ACTORS GET TO OLD!Published on Jan. 29 2002
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