Innocent Blood (1992) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski) and Tuna

The Citizen Kane of vampire mobster movies.

Oh, it's a long story. The female vampire needs to kill without attracting any attention, so she decides to seduce and kill mobsters in the middle of a gang war. Then she blasts them with a shotgun to make it look like a mob hit. One cop, however, is not very satisfied with the apparent mob slayings, showing a razor-sharp mind by noticing that the bodies were completely drained of blood before the shotgun blast.


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Unfortunately, in the process of her mob reclamation project, the vampire ends up turning one of the key mobsters into a vampire instead of killing him, and he then uses his newfound powers to assume complete control over the rackets.

Meanwhile, the female vampire falls in love with the investigating officer. Together they must find a way to deal with the mobster-vampire.

Sound a little gimmicky? Well, it is, but it isn't intended to be taken seriously. It is a gruesome horror-comedy in the tradition of, and from the same director as, an American Werewolf in London. It could easily have been called a French Vampire in Pittsburgh.

Anne Parillaud starts off the movie stark naked in the first scene, but the clothed highlight of the film was veteran character actor Robert Loggia.

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  • very dark DVD, no widescreen, no features, not recommended

Before he became a vampire, Loggia was a sadistic and megalomaniacal bad-boy mob boss. So imagine how badly he behaved when he became immortal and nearly all-powerful. Loggia must have smiled broadly when he got this part, because it is an actor's wet dream. How many years do you have to do Charlie's Aunt in community theater before you get a leading role as a crazed, omnipotent, mobster-vampire? Well, Loggia paid his dues in years of "third thug in bar" roles, and he obviously enjoyed chewing the scenery (literally!) and everything else in sight in this, his reward for years of faithful service.

The concept is probably too convoluted to work correctly. It's a nudie film. It's a tender romance. It's a grotesque body-parts comedy. It's a violent cops-and-robbers flick. Kind of a When Harry Met Quentin Tarantino vibe. But it has its moments. 


Innocent Blood (1992) is a vampire comedy starring Anne Parillaud as a moral vampire  she only eats bad guys. When she reads in a paper that wise guys are killing each other, she decides she is in the mood to eat Italian. What a way to take a bite out of crime. While munching on a major crime boss, Robert Loggia, she is interrupted, and can't kill him. It turns out to be a dream come true for him, because he becomes a nearly indestructible vampire.

Anne must find a way to finish him off, but is hampered, then helped, by detective Anthony LaPaglia.

Parillaud shows everything, including a full frontal in the opening scene, while dressing for dinner. She also shows breasts and buns in a sex scene with LaPaglia. There is full frontal from an anonymous corpse in a morgue scene. The final showdown takes place in a strip club, The following women are credited as dancers:

Teri Weigel
Lisa Ann Baker
Christina Jiménez
Christina Bowers
Kim Currow
Christina Diaz
Kim Melton
Robin Place
Regina Poole
Tracy Rolen
Tammy Ulm
Katrina Witt
Maribe Zolli

The Critics Vote

  • General consensus: one star. Ebert 2/4.

The People Vote ...

  • with their dollars: $5m (USA)


IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, Scoop says, "this film is a C. Offbeat, to say the least. Not consistently good, but inspired at times.". Tuna says, "C-. Parillaud's accent was distracting, but the biggest problem was that the gags were just not that funny. There were some good special effects, and Loggia was insane in the role, but it was still a slow watch for me."

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