The movie that goes straight for the jugular.
A beautiful vampire turns a crime lord into a creature of the night.
A beautiful vampire turns a crime lord into a creature of the night.
Anne Parillaud Anthony LaPaglia Robert Loggia Chazz Palminteri David Proval Rocco Sisto Tony Sirico Tony Lip Kim Coates Marshall Bell Leo Burmester Angela Bassett Luis Guzmán Don Rickles Rohn Thomas Tom Savini Gil Cates Jr. Charlie Gomorra Frank Oz David Early Forrest J. Ackerman Sam Raimi Dario Argento Linnea Quigley
Have I got a Vampire film for you!
What you're not interested...
What if I throw in the femme fatale Anne Parillaud from the film La Femme Nikita as the demure blood sucking vamp Marie!
Still not convinced eh...
What if I throw some Gangster mayhem into the mix!
Man oh man you are one tough customer..
What if I throw in some gratuitous nudity, gore and the best death by sunlight scene ever!
Still not enough eh...
Ok I'm going for broke here..
Cameo appearances by horror icons Dario Argento, Sam Raimi, and Tom Savini!
Watched the German DVD of Innocent Blood [released as Bloody Marie] because it's the only version that has all of the gore intact [on DVD, apparently the new bluray is also uncut], it had been at least 15 years since the last time I saw this and it held up, I remembered more cameos than what appeared here [Frank Oz, Dario Argento, Tom Savini], I must have mixed up some of the cameos in Garris' film from the same year, Sleepwalkers.
I enjoyed the cold & snowy Pittsburgh setting for mob activity over the usual NYC/New Jersey-setting, it made me wonder if that's why Landis' vampire mythos included a fatal gunshot to the brain, was this a nod to Romero's Pittsburgh-set…
This is a film that has the privledge of not only being one of the best mob flicks you've probably never heard of, but one of the best vampire flicks you've probably never heard of. That's a badass combination if you ask me.
It's the story of a vampire (played by La Femme Nikita) who has only two rules: don't get emotionally involved with "her food" and always finish the food, meaning don't make new vampires. In one night, she manages to break both rules and it puts her on a collison course with the mafia. What I liked was how the film never takes itself TOO seriously. It's pretty fun and every now and then it's played for cheesy…
aka Badass Bloodsucking Superbitch
Tempted to bump this higher due to the circumstances in which I saw it (<brag>three seats down from director John Landis, watching his personal 35mm print with an audience full of rabid Drafthouse fans</brag>), but while it really works as a comedy, some structural peculiarities (the sudden shift in perspective from Anne Parillaud as the central protagonist to the far less interesting Anthony LaPaglia-Donnie Brasco. She kind of disappears from the story and comes back only to support LaPaglia!) Quibbling, I guess, because the mob vampire story is a total lark stacked to the brim with great character actors (Loggia is on fire!) and fun cameos. Safely in the era of practical effects too, most of which are stunning. It's feels more like a Tales from the Crypt movie than Bordello of Blood!
i doubt much of anything can be as fun as a vampire mob movie, especially with robert loggia climbing the walls the entire way through. it's actually so fucking demented watching him run around.
27. Today we should watch a movie with an 80s scream queen made in the 90s.
I picked this because it has Linnea Quigley in it, but I honestly don’t even remember seeing her lol. It’s still a fun vampire movie though, with some cool effects to boot.
Middling horror-comedy that falls down due to spinning too many plates and having a muddled pace. Bad scenes go on too long and good scenes end too abruptly. An interesting journey culminating in a terrible final fifteen minutes.
The film remains worth a watch for Anne Parillaud's magnetism and, more importantly, Robert Loggia's amazing turn as one of the undead, which is the glue that holds the film together
A very, very John Landis film, in that there's lots of bombast and squealing tires but only the occasional joke that actually lands (even Don Rickles fails to get any good lines). Parillaud is good, as are the vampire death fx on the rare occasions that normal bullets (boringly) don't suffice; the movie not so much.
There's a lot to like here, but it's also deeply flawed. The premise of a vampire mob boss is pretty much squandered until the final act, and then clumsily disposed of. The pacing is off throughout, with extended time given to scenes that don't need it and short shrift to character development and action. No rules are established, leaving the viewer confused about the nature of vampirism in this story (sunlight bad, headshots kill, immolation doesn't, nobody thinks about a staking). Vamps can move in the blink of an eye (and possibly fly) but never take advantage of these powers. Scrappy stuff.
Landis crams the movie with buddy cameos and references as per his M.O. at this point. Italian American…
A very weird erotic gangster-themed vampire movie. Yes, that's right. A who's who of gangster film actors in a kinky vampire flick.
A fun twist on the vampire genre. The mobster characters and Don Rickles as the lawyer were a lot more interesting to me than the main character and her romance with the cop, which I didn't give a shit about. The make up and effects were great, with Don Rickles burning alive when he is exposed to sunlight being the highlight.
Happy Halloween everybody! Here is a gift from me to you. Watch it before you end the night.
While a major studio film, it still plays like a midrange exploitation pic, albeit with great special effects and cinematography. Landis buffs will find his usual trademarks: walk-ons by film directors (such as, appropriately, Dario Argento), characters watching old movies on TV, and even an auto wreck or two.
The cast is well chosen. Parrilaud was hot off LA FEMME NIKITA and displays remarkable physicality in action scenes, and uh, during other moments. LaPaglia seems to be sleepwalking and apathetic but the solid supporting cast adds zest, especially Loggia, born to play the vicious Sal, a brutal killer who becomes superhumanly brutal. Character actor Luis Guzman and none other than Don Rickles have funny scenes. B-queen Linnea Quigley plays a…
A follow-up of sorts to AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, but director John Landis was not able to blend humor and horror as effectively this time out. INNOCENT BLOOD does have some enjoyable and sexy moments and offers a very entertaining turn by Robert Loggia, but it's ultimately too long and too uneven to work. Landis' requisite cameos and in-jokes also consistently land with a thud. Warner Archive's Blu-ray is the most complete version available to date and looks very nice.
From the father of Hollywood degenerate Max Landis, the director of Animal House, Michael Jackson’s Thriller video, and American Werewolf in London, and the killer of two young Asian children, comes a 90’s erotic thriller that’s also a gangster movie, but with vampires. It stars the blandest possible love child of Billy Baldwin and Bill Pullman, Don Rickles, Luis Guzman, and has cameos from the director of Evil Dead and the guy that voices Miss Piggy.
Need I say more?
Robert Loggia does crack for the first time and REALLY enjoys it.
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As it reads on the tin.