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Flesh and Blood: “INNOCENT BLOOD” [NSFW]

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As any fright fan knows, the horror genre has a particularly salacious relationship with sexually explicit content. And while nudity so often goes side by side with decapitated heads and brutal bloodletting, there are also horror filmmakers throughout the years who made an art form out of the human body with an appreciation of our most lurid and lucid desires. And it’s with that macabre mentality in mind that FANGORIA is proud to announce our partnership with Mr. Skin for a brand new NSFW column that looks to provoke our minds as well as our more physical impulses, FLESH AND BLOOD!

While he may be known as a proper Master of Horror, John Landis only has four feature horror efforts to his name. And while SCHLOCK and BURKE AND HARE definitely fall on the fringes of horror, and AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON being a legitimate classic of the genre, Landis’ other feature-length film is the cult classic INNOCENT BLOOD. Known for its black humor, wonderfully committed performances and bloody gore, INNOCENT BLOOD is beloved among horror hounds, but the film is also noted among the horror community for showcasing one of the most desirable, gorgeous and exceptionally complicated vampire vixens: Anne Parillaud’s “Marie.”

Sexy, predatory and exotic, Marie is one of the more interesting leads in the vampire subgenre as, despite her vampiric ways, she is still ultimately human. She had a moral code that allows her to feed off those in organized crime, she never chose to be a vampire by nature and she finds herself attracted to a human despite knowing the complications at hand. In fact, the juxtaposition between Marie’s feeding habits, which are often driven by lust and the weakness of bad men, and her true nature, which is driven by necessity and emotion, is rather brilliant and fascinating to watch unfold.

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Parillaud plays the character with utter perfection, deliberately and carefully changing her physicality to match her intentions. In spite of her captivating beauty and undeniable sexual presence, Parillaud also embraces the monstrous aspects of her performances and dedicates herself to the bloodier, scarier elements just as strongly as she does the lead romantic narrative. She also cleverly portrays the guilt of her actions, even if they are necessary to her survival and targeting unrepentant criminals; just because she might be causing the least collateral damage doesn’t make her proud of her vampirism. In fact, the whole plot is driven by her taking responsibility for her deeds, and the seeing that unfold behind her eyes as well as in her relationship with Anthony LaPaglia’s Gennaro is rather fascinating.

But beyond Parillaud’s powerful performance is how well she owns her nudity and sexuality as a part of her character, controlling her environment even in a genre that so uses nude women as set dressing. In fact, there’s a very interesting choice Parillaud makes during her love scene with Gennaro, choosing to make Marie go from sexually domineering to willingly vulnerable, which she had not been the entire film. Not only does that give more dimension past that of the traditional vampire character but it shows that Parillaud has her mind on her internal struggle even when literally baring all on the outside.

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Ken W. Hanley

Ken W. Hanley is the Managing Web Editor for FANGORIA and STARLOG, as well as the former Web Editor for Diabolique Magazine and a contributing writer to YouWonCannes.com. He’s a graduate from Montclair State University, where he received an award for Excellence in Screenwriting. He’s currently working on screenplays, his debut novel “THE I IN EVIL”, and various other projects, and can be followed on Twitter: @movieguyiguess.

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