Innocent Blood (film)
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Theatrical release poster
designed by John Alvin.
|Directed by||John Landis|
|Produced by||Leslie Belzberg
|Written by||Michael Wolk|
|Music by||Ira Newborn|
|Editing by||Dale Beldin|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Running time||112 minutes|
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.
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.
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.
- Anne Parillaud as Marie
- Robert Loggia as Salvatore "Sal" "The Shark" Macelli
- Anthony LaPaglia as Joseph Gennaro
- Don Rickles as Manny Bergman
- David Proval as Lenny
- Rocco Sisto as Gilly
- Chazz Palminteri as Tony
- Kim Coates as Ray
- Marshall Bell as Marsh
- Linnea Quigley as The Nurse
- Tony Sirico as Jacko
- Tony Lip as Frank
- Luis Guzmán as Morales
- Angela Bassett as U.S. Attorney Sinclair
- Leo Burmester as Dave Finton
- Frank Oz as Pathologist
- Tom Savini as News Photographer
- Sam Raimi as Roma Meats Man
- Dario Argento as Paramedic
Innocent Blood opened on September 25, 1992 and grossed $1,857,658 in its opening weekend, earning the #7 spot at the box office. 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.
- "Weekend Box Office Results for September 25-27, 1992". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2011-01-18.
- "Innocent Blood (1992)". Box Office Mojo. 1992-10-20. Retrieved 2011-01-18.
- Innocent Blood at the Internet Movie Database
- Innocent Blood at allmovie
- Innocent Blood at Box Office Mojo
- Innocent Blood at Rotten Tomatoes