Blues Brothers director John Landis is responsible for some of the most amiably entertaining and informative commentaries to appear on Joe Dante’s indispensable-for-film-lovers website, Trailers For Hell. But this week, it is one of Landis’ own movies which comes under the microscope as Big Ass Spider! filmmaker Mike Mendez ruminates on his 1992 horror-comedy, Innocent Blood.
“Innocent Blood is one of Landis’ lesser known films, but one that has a lot of merit in its own right,” says Mendez. “The film stars Anthony LaPaglia and La Femme Nikita‘s Anne Parillaud as a vampire named Marie, who justifies her eating habits by only taking out bad guys. Things go awry, however, when she is not able to properly dispose of a mob boss she was feeding off of. The mob boss is played by classic tough guy Robert Loggia, who escapes determined to turn his gangster family into a mob of the undead to become the ultimate crime family…Landis at that time had a very cool habit of having cameos from fellow filmmakers and genre luminaries and this one is chock-full of great cameos: Tom Savini, Frank Oz, Forrest J Ackerman, Michael Ritchie, Sam Raimi, Steve Johnson, Linnea Quigley, and the great Dario Argento all make appearances.”
You can hear Mendez’s complete commentary at the top of this post and, above, listen to Landis himself talk about the time he wound up playing Roddy McDowall’s slave in Battle for the Planet of the Apes.