Innocent Blood (1992) – Film

“Innocent Blood”

Movie #22 of the 2020 31-Days of Horror.

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Marie is a lonely vampire, very selective, feeding only from bad people. She is always careful to “finish her food”, ensuring that her victims won’t come back to cause trouble. A recent victim, Tony, a Pittsburg mobster, complicates undercover cop, Joe Gennaro’s investigation. Marie’s next victim is Sal “The Shark” Macelli, and through a series of missteps, she is unable to “finish him”. Once he realizes what happened, he decides to give new meaning to the term “made men”.

It had been so long since I’d seen this last, I’d forgotten it was a John Landis flick. This vampire/mobster, horror comedy reads like a who’s who from the organized crime drama and horror genres. Starting with Chaz Palminteri as Tony; Frank Loggia as Sal “the Shark”; Anthony LaPaglia as Joe Gennaro; David Proval as Lenny; Tony Sirico as Jacko; Kim Coates as Ray; it includes a slew of other amazing actors including Angela Bassett, Luis Guzman, Don Rickles, Tom Savini, Frank Oz, Sam Raimi, Dario Argento, Linnea Quigley, and more.

As much as I loved the rest of the cast, I didn’t think that Anne Parillaud was particularly well cast. Her performance felt stilted, her timing was just slightly off in almost every scene. Maybe it was trying to force the voiceover with her thoughts into most of her scenes that made the flow less natural.

It is definitely worth the watch for genre fans, especially observant ones.

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