Innocent Blood (film)
Independent Films, Film Profiles
Innocent Blood is a 1992 horror-crime film directed by John Landis. The film stars Anne Parillaud as a vampire who finds herself against a blood-sucking legion of mobsters after biting a notorious crime boss played by Robert Loggia.The film is set and was filmed in and around the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. The "Little Italy" of Pittsburgh, a portion of the Bloomfield, Pittsburgh neighborhood, clustered around Liberty Avenue, is recognizable in many of the film's outdoor urban scenes. Actors Tony Sirico and David Proval have supporting parts as gangsters, foreshadowing their roles in The Sopranos.Anne Parillaud plays Marie, a very appealing modern-day vampire in Pittsburgh, with a moral code that limits her bloodsucking to the criminal elements of society. However, when she feasts on vicious gang boss Salvatore 'The Shark' Macelli (Robert Loggia) and fails to complete the job properly (by not severing his spinal cord), he too becomes one of the undead and begins to pass his new-found powers on to his henchmen. With the help (and eventual love interest) of undercover cop Joseph Gennaro (Anthony LaPaglia), Marie sets out to put things right.In typical Landis fashion, this movie balances plenty of slickly directed thrills and gore with some moments of humour. Loggia's bewilderment at waking in the morgue to find a thermometer protruding from his stomach and the reaction of the wife of crooked lawyer Manny Bergman (Don Rickles) to the bizarre mayhem that ensues are good examples.
Year of Production: 1992
Length: 112 min.
Country: United States
- John Landis
- Leslie Belzberg, Lee Rich
- Anne Parillaud, David Proval, Rocco Sisto, Chazz Palminteri, Anthony LaPaglia, Robert Loggia, Tony Sirico, Tony Lip, Kim Coates, Marshall Bell, Leo Burmester, Rohn Thomas, Angela Bassett, Frank Oz, Luis Guzmán, Don Rickles