From the director of An American Werewolf in London this is a shockingly inept film. When it tries for comedy Landis seems to make every wrong decision possible, and the action seems all wrong for a vampire film. There are way too many car chases and crashes. This is a movie that could have used more gore, but all too often our vampire heroine dispatches bad guys with the cliche neck-snap you got from every action hero in those days. This approach reminds Wendigo of Lon Chaney Jr.'s kills in the Wolf Man movies; he'd shake someone a few times and drop them, and you'd find out later that the victim had his throat torn out. Universal could barely get away with that in the 1940s (admittedly, they had to), but in 1992 you expect better from a monster movie. It's more frustrating because there are some good effects. Parillaud's first kill (of Chazz Palmintieri) is a nasty bit of work, while a vampirized Don Rickles has an awesome death by daylight disintegration. But the film never maintains that level of viciousness.
"Landis, I know they call me Mr. Warmth but this is ridiculous!" Don Rickles makes his exit (above), while Loggia's stuntman tries to top him (below).
She's a "bloodsucking superbitch" and she's packing heat!
Innocent Blood is pointlessly self-indulgent, loaded with film clips of dubious relevance and the usual list of cameos, including the inevitable Forrest J. Ackerman. I could believe that Landis was more interested in these bits of trivia than the story he had to tell. But even though it looks like the once-mighty director has hit bottom, Wendigo finds moments and concepts that make him fell even more guilty about liking the film, because he knows that Landis could have done so much better. At the time of American Werewolf the director said that he'd wanted to do a vampire movie but felt that the concept had been done to death already. If it hadn't been, Landis did his best to drive a stake through it here.
Wendigo has a crappy fullscreen DVD that won't even play on his Blu-Ray player. It doesn't even come with a trailer, but NakedBrotha2007 has posted it to Dailymotion.
Innocent Blood (Theatrical Trailer)
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