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 Elaine Kagan
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!
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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 really pleasurable mashup's fundamental flaw is that it's not particularly exciting. It's funny, it's got a stacked cast, it's full of outstanding practical VFX, it's occasionally weirdly pervy, and Landis' patented breezy but not impatient pace is as charming as ever. But it's a little too busy chuckling to itself and lacking some real jeopardy, as opposed to, say AMERICAN WEREWOLF, to which it's both unfair and impossible not to compare this.
Doesn't do for vampires what American Werewolf did for werewolves. Innocent Blood tries hard but comes off as more of an interesting mess than anything else. The film is basically a melding of gangster and vampire genres, though both are done rather basically and the two aspects of the plot never really blend together. There's no real plot as such - with the story just sort of playing out as a result of the lead character. This does make it difficult to predict where it's going to go but it also means the film lacks any real structure. It's overlong too, and there are stretches where nothing particularly interesting happens. On the other hand, the film does have some good…
Spooky Scary Horrorthons 6 - Film #33 (Bonus Film #2)
It's funny how John Landis waited for 11 years after putting out his subgenre-defining werewolf flick An Ameircan Werewolf in London to put out a vampire film that is anything but subgenre-defining for the vampire flick. But that doesn't stop it from being an hilarious romp with a vampiric Robert Loggia who chews the scenery before sucking it dry of any leftover blood.
The setup here is an hilariously generic mobster story that just happens to find itself invaded by a young, attractive vampire with a foreign accent. One of her feeding sessions happens to involve a mobster boss (the earlier mentioned Robert Loggia). That particular feeding session turn out…
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…
What "An American Werewolf in London" is for werewolves, "Innocent Blood" is for bloodsuckers. No joke. Not just because of the determining man in the chair. A better vampire horror comedy has to be shown to me first, more underestimated and forgotten could a top film hardly be, John Landis in best form. "Innocent Blood" is the finest, red sweaty entertainment! Basically "Mafia against sexy female vampire predator", but in perfection. Playful, frivolous, bloody. With one of the best all-time "decay and burn sequences" in the hospital.
The best horror comedies are very funny, but do not neglect the horror, shock and scary aspects in any way, even putting them ahead of the quick laugh. At least the most entertaining…
Lethargic tonal nightmare and hollow farce. A purported send-up of posturing gangsterisms married with vampires that ceaselessly misfires comedy ("What about Italian?") and never even approaches terror. The scariest thing in the film is the skeevy strip club scene near the end, Landis' camera ogling the women sends a chill down your spine. Penned by first (and last) time screenwriter Michael Wolk, his script pulls the movie in eight different directions all of them inert, the police drama operating like an episode of CSI. The disparate genres it flirts with share one trait: the lifeless execution. Innocent Blood's set up imagines a powerful woman taking back the streets of Pittsburgh from mafioso thugs but…
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.
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!
A genuine slobberknocker in every respect, from its melding of undercover cop thriller, mob drama, and vampire horror genres, to its totally outrageous seconds-from-CGI-deluge visual effects. I doubt if John Landis will be on anyone's lists of radical feminist filmmakers, but this is also a pretty interesting twist on gender and power dynamics, placing a powerful female vampire in an extremely macho, male-dominated world - an entire term paper could probably be written about the use of handcuffs in the sex scene alone. Feels a bit like a studio-cut mess (although I have no idea if that's what happened), particularly since Angela Bassett is only in two brief scenes, but it's the kind of ride you just can't get from…
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.
Great premise, decent movie. Definitely overlong - needed an editor to be a bit more brutal with it to give it more energy.
Where else can you see Don Rickles and Dario Argento share a scene? Or Paulie Walnuts and Tom Savini??
I've seen this movie more than two times before.
This is a good horror / action movie with humor. A really must see if you want some fun.
this is like if the sopranos were a supernatural tv show
The film is exactly what you'd get if someone accidentally mixed together the scripts for a mediocre Tales from the Crypt episode and a mediocre The Sopranos episode. Featuring plenty of performances from regulars in crime dramas, as well as a few horror heavy hitters like Tom Savini, Sam Raimi, Dario Argento, and Linnea Quigley. And Don Rickles, for some reason.
I watched 3 John Landis movies in 3 days, preparing for his visit to my AFI class,. Coming to America is quite wonderful. It reminds me of Lubitsch, really.
Innocent Blood was a wonderful surprise moving from Vampires, to Gangsters to broad comedy. I highly recommend this movie which so few saw.
Trading Places has lost some of its charm with a plot that doesn't make much sense and unlikely bonding of characters. But so much of it still makes me laugh and who doesn't like a young Eddie Murphy.
MVPs: Don Rickles, Frank Oz and other director cameos
After Oscar was met with a tepid public (and box office) response, director John Landis sought to make a vampire movie set in a Las Vegas run by the creatures of the night. When Warner Bros. rejected the project, they handed Landis a spec script by writer Michael Wolk called Innocent Blood, which Landis happened to enjoy. Seeing an opportunity to make what he believes is “a Hammer film as if it was directed by Scorsese,” Landis actually made a movie that plays like a collection of some of his films up to that point. There are the bumbling gangsters from Oscar, some Spies Like Us setpiece buffoonery, some Blues Brothers car chase bits, the “horror creature’s nature clashing with its human nature”…
A French vampire named Marie turns a crime lord into a bloodsucking fiend and finds herself caught in a vicious gang war.
Definitely not for all tastes (pun intended), but this is wonderful blend of black comedy and horror film with a captivating central performance from Anne Parillaud (LA FEMME NIKITA).
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This movie sucks...
Fantastic horror comedy, that doesn't allow the comedy to overtake everything else.
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