Innocent Blood (film)

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Innocent Blood
Innocent blood ver1.jpg
Theatrical release poster
designed by John Alvin.
Directed by John Landis
Produced by Leslie Belzberg
Lee Rich
Written by Michael Wolk
Starring 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
Music by Ira Newborn
Cinematography Mac Ahlberg
Edited by Dale Beldin
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s)
  • September 25, 1992 (1992-09-25)
Running time 112 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $4,972,818

Innocent Blood is a 1992 American horror-crime film directed by John Landis. The film stars Anne Parillaud as a beautiful French vampire who finds herself pitted against a gang of vicious mobsters led by Robert Loggia who eventually becomes a vampire himself.

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. It also features early appearances by Anthony LaPaglia, Angela Bassett, and Chazz Palminteri.

The film balances plenty of slickly directed thrills and gore with some moments of humor. 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. A gorier unrated version was released on DVD in Germany.

Plot[edit]

Marie (Anne Parillaud) is 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 a vicious gang boss, Salvatore 'The Shark' Macelli (Robert Loggia), and is interrupted before finishing him off (by severing his spinal cord), he too becomes one of the undead and begins to pass his newfound 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.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Innocent Blood opened on September 25, 1992 and grossed $1,857,658 in its opening weekend, earning the #7 spot at the box office.[1] By the end of its run, the film had grossed merely $4,943,279 domestically. It has received mixed reviews and currently holds a 38% score on Rotten Tomatoes.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results for September 25-27, 1992". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  2. ^ "Innocent Blood (1992)". Box Office Mojo. 1992-10-20. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 

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