I’ve mentioned previously that Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) sparked my love for the vampire genre, here. Luckily, I didn’t have long to wait for another epic vampire movie to hit theaters, because Interview with the Vampire came out two years later in 1994. Interview with the Vampire movie was such a huge deal when it premiered. For one thing it stared blockbuster stars Bard Pitt, Tom Cruise and Antonio Banderas. And it was based off the mega bestseller first book in Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles series. Needless to say the film was on everyone’s radar especially all the women in my family who loved the three male stars….
Obviously, I was too young to see the movie when it first came out, but we did have a copy of it on VHS which I watched when I was little older. And let me just say, the movie is a visual feast for the eyes! I love historical movies and the film travels through the end of the 18th century into the 19th century and across the globe, so you get to see some very stylish set pieces and outfits. Lots of rich colors and lush fabrics are worn throughout the film. And the dresses…puts hand to chest…. the dresses are gorgeous!
I digress, the plot of Interview with the Vampire is pretty self explanatory, the film begins in modern day LA with a reporter interviewing a man, Louie (played by Bard Pitt), who claims he is a vampire. Louie proceeds to tell the sad tale of how he became a vampire and the misery it has brought him. Louie is a bit of a shit vampire, he refuses to drink blood from humans and regrets being turned into a vampire by Lestat (played by Tom Cruise) who loves the killing and blood drinking.
Lestat and Louie carry on their eternal lives and eventually Claudia (played by a very young Kristen Dunst) a young girl who Lestat turns into a vampire to force Louie to stay with home become a very odd vampire family together. Side note: I read Interview with the Vampire before I watched the movie, and never liked the character Claudia in the book. The film version is 100% better! She is a bloodthirsty kiddie killing machine and I dig it! The thing is, it is tabboo to turn a child into a vampire. And Claudia is a prefect example why it is a bad idea, because while her mind matures and ages, her body stays that of a child. And she goes a bit insane because of it.
I will admit that I think the third act feels a bit rushed and not as interesting when *spoilers* Lestat is no longer in the film as much. Louie and Claudia end up in Paris where they finally meet other vampires, lead by Armand (played by Antonio Banderas). These vampires live in Paris and masquerade as a theatre trope who perform macabre shows for humans. One of the most chilling scenes in the movie film is when a human woman is killed in front of an unknowing human audience. Some action happens and the film return to modern day with Louis and the reporter. Who finally believes Louie is telling the truth. The film does end on a bit of a to-be-continued, which always bugged me a little.
Even with all it’s faults, Interview with the Vampire is still an iconic film for the genre and I highly recommend watching it. Rumors have been circulating around that a remake or even a complete reboot of the film is in talks. Which could be interesting to see where that leads. I’d especially love to see a more diverse casting. And surprisingly only the first two books in the series have been adapted, the second Queen of the Damned (2002) … shudders … we will discuss some other time, but there’s plenty of source material for a television series as well!
So if your craving some 90’s vampire gothic horror, you can’t go wrong with Interview with the Vampire.
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