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Innocent Blood (1992)

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Marie is a vampire with a thirst for bad guys. When she fails to properly dispose of one of her victims, a violent mob boss, she bites off more than she can chew and faces a new, immortal danger.

Director:

John Landis

Writer:

Michael Wolk
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Parillaud ... Marie
David Proval ... Lenny
Rocco Sisto ... Gilly
Chazz Palminteri ... Tony
Anthony LaPaglia ... Joe Gennaro
Robert Loggia ... Sallie (The Shark) Macelli
Tony Sirico ... Jacko
Tony Lip ... Frank
Kim Coates ... Ray
Marshall Bell ... Marsh
Leo Burmester ... Dave Flinton
Rohn Thomas ... Coroner
Angela Bassett ... U.S. Attorney Sinclair
Luis Guzmán ... Morales
Don Rickles ... Emmanuel 'Manny' Bergman
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Storyline

Marie has two appetites, sex and blood. Her career as a vampire is going along fine until two problems come up, she is interrupted while feeding on Sal (The Shark) Macelli and she begins to develop a relationship with the policeman who has been trying to put Sal away. Sal wakes up in the morgue very confused and very thirsty. He goes back to his old haunts and begins to create an organized crime family of vampires while Marie and her policeman lover hunt him. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Horror meets humor, humor meets dead-on special effects, and boy meets ghoul in "Innocent Blood". See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for vampire violence, and for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A French Vampire in America See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,972,818
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The distributors re-titled this film "A French Vampire in America" for international release without informing director John Landis, angering him and causing some confusion when the film was promoted outside the U.S. See more »

Goofs

When Manny (in hospital) dies and becomes a vampire, his heart briefly stops, causing the EKG to sound an alarm before it starts beating again. He then wakes up and detaches the EKG leads, which ought to trigger another alarm but does not. See more »

Quotes

Gus: [holding a baseball bat] I'll swing on you!
Marie: [smiles] I'm a girl.
[Gus swings the bat at Marie, who catches it and knocks Gus out with the handle]
Joe: Some girl.
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Crazy Credits

The story, all names, characters and incidents portrayed in this production are fictitious. No identification with actual persons, vampires, places, buildings and products is intended or should be inferred. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 2016 DVD edition in Spain edited by "Llamentol" miss a couple of shots:
  • When Manny throws the doctor to the wall in the hospital sequence.
  • In Macelli's last monologue the line "I am the light! I am Macelli!". Also the movie is presented in "open matte" with 1.33:1 aspect ratio.
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Connections

Features Horror of Dracula (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

That Old Black Magic
Written by Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen
Performed by Frank Sinatra
Courtesy of Capitol Records
By Arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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Vampired to the Mob
10 March 2006 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

It's about time John Landis delivered a worthy follow-up to "An American Werewolf in London"! That particular classic was one of the only films ever to successfully blend gross horror situations with likable black humor. "Innocent Blood" does the same, albeit less impressively. The crime-congested streets of Pittsburgh form an excellent setting for this light-headed and often cheesy crossover between vampire horror and mafia action that also has a great cast and terrific make-up effects. Marie is an incredibly sexy but not exactly cheerful vampire with a strong appetite for human blood, yet she only feeds on criminals and other scum that doesn't deserve to live. With the large number of Italian gangsters ruling the city, Marie can easily still her hunger and simultaneously improve the safety on the streets. However, when she fails to properly eliminate mob boss Sal Macelli, he turns into a vampire as well, and his bloody intentions are far more dangerous to the world. Marie will require the help of undercover cop Joe Gennaro in order to destroy Macelli for good. The screenplay of "Innocent Blood" is rather exciting and Landis effectively gets rid of some ancient vampire clichés. Wooden stakes are no longer required to kill them, Marie does have a reflection in the mirror and the eyes of vampires suddenly take on all the bright colors of the rainbow. Natural sunlight is still pretty painful, apparently, and that's illustrated in a fantastic sequence with class actor Don Rickles. Talking about the cast, "Innocent Blood" assembles some of the best actors for a modest horror production ever. Anne Parrilaud was already famous for her role of female assassin Nikita and especially the male casting choices were splendid, with Robert Loggia, Anthony LaPlagia and Chazz Palminteri. The most exhilarating aspect about this film (for horror fans, at least) is John Landis over-enthusiast dedication to the genre! There's always some classic horror film playing on TV in the background and numerous prominent filmmakers appear in small roles or cameos. Most memorable are Sam Raimi (creator of "The Evil Dead") as the meat truck guy and Frank Oz as the pathologist. Highly recommended!


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