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I must say that it is hard for a vampire movie to bring anything new to the table. That well is pretty much dried out. This doesn’t mean that every year, hundreds of film makers do not try. It’s just that so many fail. When I think of a vampire, I think of a monster. A killing machine, if you will. I do not think of a fruity, blouse wearing pretty boy, that seems to be sexually confused, a good vampire. That last comment was leaning towards all vampires Ann Rice.
Look at me. All negative like. Don’t let me steer you away from watching a vampire movie. There are many great ones out there; The Hunger, From Dusk Till Dawn, Lair of the White Worm, to name just a few. They are great ones that are slightly different from your normal Hammer film vampires. Some even have humor, like Once Bitten and Love at First Bite. These of course are not great movies, but still fun none the less.
All ranting aside today we are talking about John Landis’ Innocent Blood. This movie has the killing machine vampires, mixed with humor. Man, this movie is already a plus. Oh, did I forget to mention mobsters? I think I did. Well, this has them also. You may recognize the name John Landis. He’s made a few movies that you might have heard of. Let me hit you with a few titles; Coming to America, The Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf in London. These are just small little pictures that you may, or may not have heard of. Well, John (We’re on a first name basis) now takes a crack at a vampire film. Not just any film, but a humorous, bloody good time.
Marie (Anne Parillaud) is a beautiful vampire, who is very picky about her feedings. She eats men that…well deserve to die. Guess what? There is a mob turf war going on, and she is in the mood for Italian. Joe (Anthony LaPaglia) is an undercover cop, working the inside of the mob. When Joe’s mob friend Tony (Chazz Palminteri) is killed, Joe gets taken off of the case. Soon Marie hooks up with Sal the Shark, head mobster. As she is killing him, she gets shot and cannot kill him completely. You see, to kill a victim that you bite, you have to make sure that the stem cord is severed. (Makes sense) Joe makes it to the scene, and soon tracks down Marie. Together they band together to stop Sal. Why? Because Sal is soon back alive, or dead and walking…a vampire to put it simply. To rule the city, he decides to turn his men into vampire soldiers.
With cameos galore from horror movie legends, and humor running rampant, this is a fun movie to watch. This is a comedy, but don’t get me wrong, this is bloody. It’s a vampire movie. What do you expect? The comedy is smart, the gore is just right, there is a smartly written love story, and this moves at a perfect pace. You may not have heard of the movie, because it originally aired on HBO, before going straight to video. This movie should have had a theatrical release, but se la vi. Check this film out, because like I said above, this is a bloody good time. (Horrible pun count: 2)
Added: Monday, May 16, 2005
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