1992. Directed by John Landis
Widely panned upon release, the legendary John Landis couldn't quite decide what type of film he wanted to make, and that is perhaps the film's best quality.
Part gangster parody, part vampire schlock, and all comedy, Innocent Blood tells the story of Marie, a lonely vampire who only feeds on criminals. When one of her kills goes awry, a plague of vampire mafioso is unleashed on the city.
Filmed in Pittsburgh's little Italy district, Mac Alhberg's camera focuses on the city's historic beauty as a backdrop to the sexy, violent, and comedic tableau on display.
Anthony LaPlagia is the hero cop who predictably captures Marie's heart. Marie is played with scene stealing sexual power by the amazing Anne Parillaud. However, it is the mobsters who steal the show.
A veritable who's who of mafia actors fill the ranks of the soon to be 3 pieced suited undead: Robert Loggia, Chaz Palminteri, David Proval, Tony Sirico, Kim Coates, and Rocco Sisto. The icon Don Rickles has a hilarious turn as Loggia's shady, but lovable legal counsel.
One of the film's strengths is in the presentation of the vampires. They're frenzied, jackal like screams are only bested by the neon kaleidoscope of their eyes, a truly unique addition to vampire cinema.
In the end, the concept of the vampire's victims becoming the monkey on it's back is not something often explored, and in the case of Innocent Blood, it's done remarkably well. Even in death, these characters can't rise above their hysterical cliche's and it's thing of crimson beauty.
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