Timothy B. (bat115) from BAKERSFIELD, CA Reviewed on 2/5/2014...
An underrated Horror comedy! I always wondered why this movie was never given it's due credit. Perhaps if it was released maybe 5 years earlier, it would be considered a classic today.
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Dawnmarie L. (Dacaria) Reviewed on 1/25/2010...
This is the ONLY horror movie that my friends and I have been to where the attendant asked us to leave because we were Laughing too loudly. I practically choked on my drink when one female character ran onto the scene screaming, "he ate my Manny, he ate my Manny!" If you're looking for a laugh, rent this, if you're looking for a true horror or just a decent movie, look somewhere else.
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Theo Logos | Pittsburgh, PA | 01/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Innocent Blood is a most unorthodox cinematic stew of mobsters, vampires, eroticism, gore, and outrageous, sometimes campy humor. All of these elements mesh together to create a stylish, original, completely unlikely and fun B movie, which despite its gore, is heavier on humor than on horror. Marie (played by the beautiful Anne Parillaud) is the sexy vampire whose picky eating starts the mayhem. Mob boss Sal the Shark Macelli (played wonderfully over the top by Robert Loggia) is her prey when her feeding is interrupted before she can finish him off, allowing him to revive and become a vampire as well. Marie must join forces with an undercover cop, (Anthony LaPaglia) to stop Macelli before he turns his whole crew into an unstoppable force of undead made men . Innocent Blood is at its most outrageous hilarity when Macelli is attempting to discover what has happened to him. Reviving on a table at the morgue looking like bloody death warmed over, he gets up and runs off, pursued by a security guard and befuddled medical examiner (Frank Oz) who don't want to loose such an important corpse. He gets away and heads for his lawyer's house, where the situation becomes more gruesomely funny by the minute as he and his lawyer (Don Rickles) try to discover what has happened to him. The humor is irreverent, sometimes gross, and always sidesplitting. The movie was filmed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and if you are unfamiliar with the town, you will be amazed at the stunning beauty of the urban landscapes that are used so effectively here. Someone has said about modern Pittsburgh that if it were a European city, people would go hours out of their way to see it, and in the gorgeous cinematography of Innocent Blood, you will see why. With a great cast of character actors, plenty of sex, gore, vampires and mobsters, all seasoned liberally with ribald humor, Innocent Blood is as entertaining of a guilty pleasure as you could ask for. I highly recommend it.
Rule number One: Don't play with your food
Schtinky | California | 09/14/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Rule number two: Always finish your food.
Innocent Blood is one of my favorite movies, combining vampires, mobsters, detectives, and a fresh supply of blood, all for your entertainment. What will surprise you about the movie is how well the cast performs, there is some very underrated acting in this low budget sleeper film.
Marie (played by stunningly beautiful Anne Parillaud) is a vampire, she takes lives; but not innocent ones. She carefully selects her food from the smorgasbord of human monsters available.
Joe Gennaro (Anthony LaPaglia) is a detective, deep undercover with the Pittsburgh mob, when Marie picks one of his mob associates to feast on. When Joe shows up at the crime scene, the US Attorney assigned to his undercover operation pulls him off the case and exposes him as a cop. (Angela Bassett plays the attorney, Sinclair)
Marie is always careful to "finish her food", meaning that when she is done with dinner, she shoots them in the head to ensure they do not return undead. Marie has her eye on the mafia Kingpin, Sallie "the Shark" Macelli (Robert Loggia does an amazing performance as Sal) for her next meal, but when she gets him alone and feeds, his minions manage to chase her away before she can finish off her meal.
Of course, Sal returns to the living on the slab in the morgue, and discovers that although his looks have suffered, he is more powerful than ever before. Sal sets to the job of "converting" his staff, including his number one henchman Manny Bergman(played by Don Rickles, no joke!) with plans of taking over Pittsburgh completely.
Joe is after Sallie to make an arrest, and Marie is after Sallie to finish her dinner, and the two of them eventually clash in a very sexy motel room scene as they team up to destroy the monster that Sal has become.
Innocent Blood is a movie for all of us Vampire Purists, even though there winds out being a little vampire/human romance, Marie never denies what she is, or tries to find a cure. In her own words, "I take lives," she stands firm on who and what she is.
Of particular note here, one of my favorite scenes is Don Rickles as a vampire. Now I know, it's not designed to be funny, but I laugh my hinder off every time I watch it. This scene alone makes the movie worth a rent; and if you like vampire movies you will wind out buying it. Also, look for some great performances from Luis Guzman (as fellow cop Morales) and Elaine Kagan (Manny's wife Frannie).
All in all, Innocent Blood is a fast paced action flick with vampires and mobsters and lots of killing and biting; with some exceptional acting thrown on top for flavor. You can't go wrong. Enjoy! "
Great vamp film with some "biting" humor added.
Bruce E. Munck | Gaston, SC United States | 10/11/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is not your typical vampire movie. No old castles or haunted houses, just Pittsburgh! It doesn't qualify as scary (actually it's more of an action/adventure film than horror) and you won't need to leave the lights on while watching it. What it does offer is a change of pace from the more conventional movies about the undead (or should I say the unliving??) The vampire is the hero in this flick, not the mean, fearful creature depicted in most films of this genre. The plot and action are centered around the head mafia family in Pitt and the inevitable run-in with the vampire. This is good stuff...funny, too; not side-splitting funny but comical. The language gets a bit rough and would not be suitable for younger ears, but, hey, this IS about the mafia. There is a generous amount of gore ... mostly humorous rather than offensive. There is also a bit of nudity (I told you this was good stuff!) I won't spoil the movie by telling you everything about it; instead, you can see it for yourself. The only complaint I have, and it's a minor one, is that the tape and dvd are only available in fullscreen. It would be nice to have both fullscreen and widescreen versions on the dvd since there aren't any special features taking up space. Overall, I give it an "A"."
Truly delightful vampire black comedy.
Bruce E. Munck | 03/01/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Innocent Blood is one of my top five favorite vampire movies. Definitely not run of the mill, it ranks with The Lost Boys; Near Dark and The Hunger as a vampire tale with a difference. Starring the visually stunning Anne Parillaud as a vampire with a conscience and a little bit more on her mind than biting every neck in the neighborhood. Pittsburgh, PA does the catering for her particular tastes. Anne is supported by Anthony LaPaglia as the cop who doesn't know whether to love her or run for cover, not being sure what part of her menu he's on, the main course or an extended dessert. Innocent Blood contains, in my opinion, one of the steamiest love scenes on film between these two. The cast is enhanced further by Robert Loggia as the gritty mob boss whose appetite for garlic is not shared by our lissome vapire and Don Rickles, the mob's lawyer who learns a whole new meaning for steak tartare. Definitely not for the kiddies, Innocent Blood is a vampiric romp with all the gore and mayhem any bloodsucker could desire with an ending that will leave you all asking the question, "Will love find a way?""