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!