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I love this film. Based on the spectacular book by Anne Rice, this is the story of Louis (Brad Pitt) a young colonial man who catches the eye of the beautiful and mysterious vampire Lestat de Lioncourt (played by Tom Cruise.)
The film follows an interview with Louis (hence the name) as he discusses his life with the Machiavellian Lestat, and their young vampire-ling, Claudia. It is with the creation of Claudia that things begin to go spectacularly wrong.
The whole thing is acted sublimely well. It has an 18 cert on account of all the blood and naked people - these are the sexy kind of vampire - and manages to capture the decadent Gothicism of the book while also staying fresh and enthralling.
Rumour has it that Tom Cruise asked for the homoerotic elements of the source material to be played down - but the relationship is still clearly there. Mind you, I did have several friends who believed Antonio Banderas (who plays Armand - a Parisian vampire,) was simply stroking Brad Pitt's face because he was (and I quote) 'being friendly.' Sometimes I think my generation has no innocence, and then they throw something like that at you... although, maybe it was more stupidity than innocence.
Tom Cruise is the heart of this film. He embodies Lestat's nuances and lays them all bare for the world to see - somehow making even the likes of Brad and Antonio play second fiddle (though they too give truly mesmerising performances,) as he delivers an intense and commanding performance.
It's not often that I buy a DVD after seeing the film at the pictures but I knew after watching Interview with the Vampire that I would want to see it again. Having read the book I knew I liked the story but was quite shocked about the scale of the film - the cinematography surrounding the time that Louis was created was amazing. The film runs for 123 minutes and was filmed in dozens of locations over England, America and Paris.
The cast is made up of many of the best known - and incredibly handsome - actors. The main two are Brad Pitt - he plays Louis de Pointe du Lac and is the Vampire in the title and Tom Cruise who is the slightly evil and slightly jaded Lestat De Lioncourt.
Other famous names to appear are Kirsten Dunst - a child that is never given the chance to grow, Stephen Rea - the really dark side of Vampirism is perfectly displayed by him-Armand is Antonia Banderas the often misunderstood and really quite likable leader. The human element is Christian Slater and he is the person who is carrying out the interview. This role was originally meant for River Phoenix, but he died before filming started. There have been reports that Slater gave his fee to charities supported by Phoenix.
The story begins as Louis is telling the tale of his 200 years as a vampire in the present day- or present day for the time the film was made in the 1990s.
We meet Louis as a human at a time when life means nothing to him. He has lost his wife and child and does not see a reason to live. It is at this time that he is made aware of how dearly we want to hold on to our lives when there is the risk of losing them.
As a young man Louis is given a choice and many of us would struggle to decide if it was a good or bad offer. After being attacked he is told that there two options for him. He can die as a result of the attack or live forever - the catch being that he will be a vampire. This is when the story really starts and Louis and Lestat start their journey. Time moves on and Louis and another Vampire Claudia become the main characters and we go with them around the world. They spend a lot of time in Paris meeting some of the Elders as they had thought they were the only Vampires left in America.
The film sticks closely to the book so there were no shocks for me as the story unfolds and while there is clearly a fair amount of blood on show it was nothing that made the film difficult to watch.
Mistakes in the filming and continuity - could be seen as spoilers so may be time to stop reading if you like to look out for these.
In one scene Louis learns to drink blood and uses a glass - the next time the camera cuts to him he has a perfectly clean glass. Another time he is walking along a beach looking as smart as ever and yet he had spent quite a lot of time in the water.
As I bought this many years ago I cannot remember how much I paid for it but to buy it now it will cost from £3 on Amazon.
Interview With The Vampire is one of those rare breeds: a vampire film that is as stylish and beautifully presented as it is violent. Based on Anne Rice's book of the same name, it tells of a young reporter (Christian Slater) who sits down to interview Louis (Brad Pitt) who then professes to be a vampire willing to tell his tale. Through a series of flashbacks we learn how Louis came to be a vampire at the hands of Lestat (Tom Cruise) and how he has spent the last century or so as an immortal, accompanied by Lestat and the young Claudia (Kirsten Dunst).
Really, it's a historical tale that gives us events in a chronological order, and the key element of the film is how the characters change. Physically, of course, they stay the same, as vampires tend to do. No doubt we're all learning more about this through the recent cavalcade of vampire related films, books and TV series. It's how they grow as people that is impressive and what really holds your attention.
Louis is the mourning man who has lost his wife and child, and this is why he is grateful to Lestat for 'killing' him. However, it's as he realises his grief will only heighten with time that he begins to resent not only what Lestat has done to him, but also his bloodthirst for humans that results in moral issues for Louis. Pitt is very good indeed as the charismatic vampire who tries to do the right thing despite his body craving blood. The shock is just how good Tom Cruise is at playing such an evil and violent vampire in Lestat. Many had their reservations about him when he was cast, but he showed that he has a whole string of genres and characters he's able to adapt to.
But the biggest scene stealer is a 12 year old Kirsten Dunst. It's not that often a child star comes along who shines so much that she carries it through to her adulthood, but Dunst here gives what I'd argue as being one of her best performances. She is convincing both as an innocent little girl and a bloodthirsty child vampire, and to be able to present an array of talents like that is praiseworthy indeed, especially at such a young age. The main trio of the cast are ably supported by all who appear and then fade as the time goes by, with special mention to a sinister Antonio Banderas and an equally sinister Stephen Rea, who provide some much needed plot developments as the film progresses.
I'm not aware of whether the film follows the book. I am told that Claudia is much younger in the book, but to get a younger child to playu Claudia's part on screen would naturally have posed its problems. What I do know is that there is good use of the camera, flicking back and forth at pace and during slow panning that is mixed throughout the film, even merging the scenes into one another through the present with Louis telling his story and him flashing back to a memory as he recounts specific events which we get the benefit of seeing. There are moment of extreme violence and it's definitely something you may need to prepare for at times, with Cruise in particular having a large hand in the majority of these moments.
But it's about the presentation as much as the violence, and there's an elegance about the film that is shown not only in the costumes and the periods and locations that the characters find themselves in, but also in how the characters hold themselves and how they seem patient throughout the majority of the film, the only occasional moment of rashness and anger overwhelming them to provide anything less than fluidity. What is clever is the use of classical music to accompany these moods, slow string movements in the calmer moments with some more frenetic and intense elements at the relevant times. It's a key part ot an excellent film.
IWTV is a film I highly recommend. One of the better 'modern' vampire films that relies on special effects only when necessary, braving the roles of director and actors to show the film's worth. It works very well, and is majestically presented, and likely to keep you watching throughout, not just the first time you watch, but the inevitable second, third etc times you settle down to indulge. Go on, get your fangs out!
Interview with the Vampire is a fantasy film that was released in 1994 and based on the novel of the same name by Anne Rice. The screenplay for this film was also written by Anne Rice. The film is rated 18 due to bad language, moderate sex/ nudity and strong bloody violence and it has a run time of 122 minutes.
In San Francisco, Daniel Malloy, a reporter, sits down to interview a man names Louis. Louis claims that he is a vampire and begins to tell Daniel how he became a vampire and how he got to where he is today.
The story then goes back to 1871 where Louis lives in Louisiana, aged 24. Although quite a wealthy plantation owner, he is struggling to cope with the death of his wife and child and he decides that he no longer wants to live. The vampire Lestat sees how sad and pathetic Louis is and offers him the chance to choose between life and death although both options turn out to be death in a way. Even though Louis chooses to become a vampire, he still has his morality and cannot bring himself to feed on humans.
Louis is tormented with what he has become and doesn't know how to live with himself or Lestat as they have completely opposite views on life. He begins to tell Daniel just how hard life as a vampire can be.
Tom Cruise as Lestat de Lioncourt
Brad Pitt as Louis de Pointe du Lac
Antonio Banderas as Armand
Kirsten Dunst as Claudia
Christian Slater as Daniel Molloy
Stephen Rea as Santiago
Special Features include:
- Audio commentary by the director
- Special introduction
- Documentary "In the shadow of the vampire"
Brad Pitt plays Louis and after reading the book, I think he was the perfect choice. Even though his performance is quiet and brooding most of the time, you can easily see the pain and torment that Louis experiences and I ended up really feeling for his character because of what he had to deal with.
Tom Cruise was a big surprise as Lestat. Many people, Anne Rice included had doubts about his ability to perform as such an evil and mysterious character but the risk with him definitely paid off. Cruise was charismatic and sleazy but charming, dark and scary at the same time. Interview with the Vampire was a film that showed just how versatile an actor he is.
There are some minor differences from the book and while these things normally really annoy me, I don't think they were don't badly this time. One of the most notable changes is in Claudia, the young vampire played by Kirsten Dunst. In the book, she is about 5 years old but in the film version, she is around 10 to 11. I understand that for a character as complex as Claudia that a child so young could not have played her well at all or understood anything about the character. While every other cast member were fantastic, Dunst clearly outshone them all. She played the part with such maturity and passion that it is hard to believe that she was just 11 at the time. I think that this has been her best film ever and unfortunately, nothing else she has done can compare to this.
Character development is something that Anne Rice took very seriously. Each main character goes through so many changes, whether it be physical, biological or mental. Neither Lestat, Louis or Claudia stay the same throughout (even though their physical appearance does after a while) and some of the changes they experience are life altering for all three of them.
The difference in locations were so perfectly done. Every little detail seems to have been paid attention to and whether in Louisiana or Paris, it really felt like you was there. As the mood changes quite a lot throughout the film, the atmosphere changes too. It is quite easy to distinguish times of happiness from times of pain and suffering and this had a lot to do with where the characters were and how lighting and effects were used. Even though the story is dark and mysterious, it is also visually beautiful. Each scene is extremely atmospheric which adds to the eerie feel that you are supposed to get.
The story itself is exciting and thrilling throughout. The changes of location add to the excitement levels as you never really know what is going to happen or what surprises await. As I hadn't read the book when I saw this film, I didn't see a fair amount of the story before it happened and I loved each shock as it came.
A classic vampire film and highly recommended.
Interview with the vampire is based on the book that was written by Ann Rice, the screenplay for thins film has also been written by the same author. This film is about the character Louis de Point du Lac (Brad Pitt) and we first meet Louis in a hotel room where Daniel Malloy (Christian Slater) is interviewing him giving him the chance to tell his story.
His story begins 300 previously when Louis is adjusting to life without his wife and child. Louis is quite well off, being a plantation owner and his life starts to spiral out of control. Following the depression of losing his family he decides that he cannot bring himself to live anymore.
We soon meet Lestadt (Tom Cruise) who is a vampire, seeing Louis like this he decides to attack him; he gives him the choice of life and death. But live not as he knows it, the possibility of living the darkest of lives as a vampire. He decides to live but because of his conscience, even as a vampire he decides that he cannot bring himself to take the life of humans so that he can fill the deep wanting for blood. Instead he decides to take the life of rodents and small animals and using their blood instead.
After finding a young child and comforting her after the death of her mother he decides that he cannot ignore this craving for human blood any more. And after drinking Claudias (Kirsten Dunst) blood he still cannot bring himself to kill her, meaning that she is to live the same dark life that he is as well.
Claudia becomes part of the family, as their daughter and they seem to be a happy family until she finds out that she can never grow up. She's not happy being stuck in the body of a young girl when she has been alive for hundreds of years as a vampire, something that she can't seem to deal with.
I really enjoyed this movie, now in the days of the popular twilight books and films (Which I despise) I had gone off vampire stories, with most of them being aimed at young children and having rubbish storylines this film has actually restored my faith in good vampire films. I know that this one is quite an old film but it is amazing!
I think that both Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt did really well in the lead roles in this film, I really liked the characters and I felt that they played them really well. Kirsten Dunst was exceptionally good in the role of Claudia, even as a child you can see what a talented actress she is.
I really loved the costumes that Claudia and the guys get to wear in this film. Their costumes spanning the 300 years in which the story is told the fashions change quite a bit, but still the costumes are of high quality and look amazing!
Interview With A Vampire is based on the Ann Rice best seller by the same name.
The story follows moody vampire Louis (Brad Pitt) as he recounts his long and tragic life which is haunted by his sire Lestat (Tom Cruise).
The story of "Interview with a vampire" and its characters has become as much a staple of vampire mythology as Dracula. One of the main locations New Orleans is now as often associated with vampire stories as Transylvania and most people when thinking of the "perfect" vampire would think of Lestat. This in itself is enough to argue that this is a great movie.
As with any book to movie adaptations there is a lot of nuances of the story left out. I personally found that Claudia's character was far too innocent compared to the book in which she was extremely manipulative and evil, handling Louis and bending him to her well like a puppeteer. However on the whole the movie does a good job of portraying the gothic feel of Ann's 1976 novel. The story keeps you on your toes and the imagery is both beautiful and gruesome. The main characters keep the essence of their written counterparts and I particularly liked Lestat's character which was fun, sexy and criminally insane. In other words exactly what I would expect from the perfect vampire.
As a movie in its own right Interview With A Vampire is in my opinion the definitive vampire movie from which all modern vampire stories such as Buffy and True Blood take their cue. Purely as a book adaptation I have to admit that I would have liked to have seen some small additions but overall the movie still does a better than fair job.
This is one of my all time favourite movies, let me tell you why.
The film starts off with a young and very very good looking man (Brad Pitt) Loui, telling a story about how his wife and child had died and that he longed to lose everything he had, his wealth, his plantation and his life. He said he longed for death. He was watched by a vampire who gets him and decides to turn him into a vampire. He teaches him the do's and don'ts about being a vampire then we follow Loui and Lestat (Tom Cruise) as they move from city to city. They come accross an orphaned young girl and turn her into a vampire too (young Kirsten Dunst) and we watch as her and Loui become close and Lestat gets pushed out. Later on in the film we meet a big group of other vampires lead by Armand (Banderas) and there are some sinister punishments dished out from them. All the time, Loui is telling this story to an interviewer played by Christian Slater. So we're flitting from past to present in a non confusing way which is interesting. I can't say too much about the plot without giving anything away but it is brilliant.
It's an interetsing and exciting film. All the time whilst watching you're interested in what will happen next which makes you want to keep watching. It isn't too scary really, Possibly because it is quite old, there's not all that much blood in it. I think the slight lack of special effects and exaggerated make-up makes the film more realistic and better though!There are some bloody nice men in it too! You've got Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Antonio Banderas all in one movie!
The acting by all of the characters is fantastic, including Kirsten Dunst who is very young in this flim. I absoloutely love the ending of this film, I won't ruin it for you incase you haven't watched it yet, but I completely wasn't expecting this ending and was suprised and pleased by it.
I love everything about this film. It is in so much detail and everything is explained so you're not left asking questions. The way it is done is different to a normal vampire film because of the interview and the way Brad Pitt tells the story. If you haven't seen this film, what are you waiting for?!
note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room
Interview with the Vampire is based on the book of the same name by Anne Rice. It opens as a San Francisco news reporter named Daniel Malloy (Christian Slater) is interviewing a man named Louis (Brad Pitt) who claims to be a vampire. The man tells Daniel his story, spanning many centuries, from when he loses family and wishes to die, to when he is offered a choice by the lead vampire Lestat (Tom Cruise) to be turned into one of the vampire horde. Louis is the film's emotional core, because at first he hates the idea of hurting humans, but ultimately, his vampiric instincts do take over, and he kills people, but hates himself for doing so, and on one occasion actually attempts to kill himself, but Lestat saves him from himself.
Things get more complicated, though, when Louis bites a young girl, Claudia (Kirsten Dunst, in a very, very early role), and Lestat then uses her to make sure that Louis never leaves him by using her as leverage essentially. Things get more complicated as Louis begins to ponder the nature of being a vampire, and is offered a chance to find the answers he is looking for by Santiago (Stephen Rea) and Armand (Antonio Banderas).
This is quite a postmodern vampire film in many respects - it is inverse and has the vampires looking in at themselves and looking at their own legend as they have never done before. It in many ways also brings the vampire story into a new age, as Slater's character bridges the gap between the 200-year legacy of Louis's story.
It's a decent film with impressive set design and an intruiging plot, but it just didn't grip me in any huge way. Nevertheless, I do admire the immense craft involved and therefore do praise it.
i love this film. when my friend first showed it me i really didnt want to watch it, as a rule i hate tom cruise and brad pitt. this is the only film i've ever seen where they actually make it look really good. the story line is a bit hard to understand at 3 am but after i watched it the second time i was hooked for life, bought my own dvd of it and now i watch it religiously at every opportunity. ive never met somebody who doesnt like this film. its made for every one, vampires for the ones who enjoy horror, the love between louis n the little girl for the ones who like romance and an awesome fire for the ones who like action. personally it appeals to me on every level and i reccommend it to every one i know that hasn't seen it. the best part is, because it's so old it really cheap aswell, so its definately, completely worth every single penny you pay for it.
Vampires! The fictional creatures that impress and scare us at the same time. Thats one of the reason why we have so many movies about them. Interview with the Vampire is probably the best of all these movies.
It doesn't have the action of Blade or the violence of Dracula but its still stylish in its own way. First good thing about the movie is its cast. Tom cruise, Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas and Kristen Dunst, all the super stars of today are gathered in one movie.
The movie makes good use to vampires' immortality for it own benefits. Showing the sophisticated sets and clothes of Europe a few centuries back and then at the same time, the story progresses to the modern day America. Thus the story is spans on a time period of centuries!
Every actor has delivered the best possible performance. No one could have played the role of seductive hungry manipulative vampire better than Tom Cruise while Brad Pitt totally fits the profile of a vampire with a soft part to himself. Kristen Dunst totally surprised me! Even though she is very young in the movie but her performance is simply outstanding.
Interview with the vampire is the first vampire movie which has made me stick in where I was seated in the whole movie. This was one of the greatest vampire movie I have ever watched. The movie was about the two vampires with two different view about the world and the self, how they see love and friendship and their life.
This is where you would be able to see Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt acted in the same scene as two handsome vampires. You would also be able to see Kristen Dunst when she was so much younger than now. Yes, it was indeed a quite old movie but I believe it was still a great one to be seen celebrating the Halloween.
But what makes me love the movie which was adapted from the novel with the same title by Anne Rice, Interview With The Vampire, was not the actors, but the scenes/the storyline itself. I love how the movie makers made this movie beautiful by taking the scene from the best angle.
I believe even though this was an old movie, people who loves the horror and vampire movies would like this one. I recommended this movie to all horror and vampire movies lover who wouldn't mind with a little bit of drama in the movie.
When my mum brought me this on dvd i thought twice about watching it as all the main characters i wasnt really fans off...this changed my point of view from start to finish. What a great movie, and i am desperate to read the books!!! It haas a very deep story line, and the actors are great in thsi film, play the part perfectly!!
It is based on the story by anne rice 'interview with the vampire: the vampire chronicles.' The film starts in present day when a man named daniel is about to interview the vampire louis, who tells him about his life, and the life of the vampire.
1791, Louis is alone in the world and depressed over the loss of his wife and child. Lestat soon offers him the choice of life and death after attacking him, louis goes for life thus lestat turns him into a vampire. When lestat show louis how to be a vampire he is not happy with it and louis feeds of animals. Eventually he gives in and feeds of his housemaid and burns down his manor, hoping to kill his self but lestat saves him and they both become homeless.
Living in new orleans louis still refuses to feed of humans, but eventually again feeds from a young girl who lestat later turns into a vampire to make louis stand by him and now claudia.
Claudia soon grows a bond with louis and begins to hate lestat, she attempts to kill him and louis and herself flee to paris.
Whilst in paris louis meets other vampires in the Theatre des Vampires adn the vampire Armand. Armand convinces louis to leave claudia as it is forbidden for a vampire to kill other vampires.
Members of the theatre kidnap them and lock claudia and her new servant who earlier louis turned. They lock louis in a metal coffin and claudia and the woman in an air shaft with an open roof. Once the sun comes up claudia and the woman are burnt to ashes and louis is saved by armand. Armand invites him to join him but he refuses as he knows that he had part in claudias death.
decades now pass and louis travels the world alone, he later returns to new orleans and finds lestat still alive but weak.
After this louis ends the interview and leaves. Daniel leaves in his car, and lestat has been hiding in the back seat. He then offers daniel 'The choice he never had'
Title: interview with the vampire
Tom Cruise as Lestat de Lioncourt
Brad Pitt as Louis Pointe du Lac
Antonio Banderas as Armand
Christian Slater as Daniel Malloy--The Interviewer
Kirsten Dunst as Claudia
Stephen Rea as Santiago
I absolutely LOVE Vampire films and this is definitely one of my favourites within the huge collection I own!
"Drink from me and live forever"
I have the Special Edition version of the DVD which has lots of special features which I'll tell you about later.
The DVD cover has a picture of Tom Cruise doing his best scary vampire face; this fades down into a scene from a dark street with a person sat on a bench (looks like Brad Pitt but only a tiny picture so not sure) and a cloaked girl stood at the side of him.
Across the top of the cover is a gold band which states it is a 'Special Edition'.
The writing on the cover says:
Interview with the Vampire
The Vampire Chronicles
I've included this info as it is written on the DVD to show how clear they make it that Tom Cruise is the star of this film! His name even appears before the film name whereas as the rest of the cast are listed below (in smaller writing too, may I add)
"The spellbinding screen adaptation of Anne Rice's best seller"
The Vampire, Louis has decided to tell his life story to writer Daniel Malloy...starting with how he became a vampire in 1791 at the age of 24 and what it's been like 'living' for 200 years. This film is Louis' story.
In the beginning we are in New Orleans, Lestat is a very old vampire, dead a long time. He wants a companion and finds Louis; a heartbroken young man who has just lost his wife, who he then lures into his immortal vampire world.
Louis then has to live with the fact he must kill to survive in this new 'life'. He refuses to take a life and tries to survive drinking just the blood of rats and any other animals he can find on the streets.
Lestat leaves a path of destruction behind him wherever he goes, killing more than he needs and arousing suspicion within the people of the town.
They are driven out of Louis' plantation mansion where they have lived together thus far.
The plague hits New Orleans and Louis finds a little girl whose mother has died and thinking he is giving her merciful death, he feeds from her. As a gift to Louis; Lestat offers his wrist to the dying little girl (Claudia) so Louis can have a playmate forvever!
The three of them become a very dysfunctional family!
Claudia begins to despise Lestat for making her into this creature and tortures him eventually 'killing' him, Claudia and Louis escape on a ship to Europe to try and find more vampires and end up in Paris.
I won't tell any more of the story as it may turn into a spoiler. Lots of twists and turns, sadness, hunger and loneliness follow.
A lot of the film is shot at night in darkness (for obvious reasons) and this really adds to the eerie loneliness you can believe a vampire lives with.
* Tom Cruise: Lestat de Lioncourt
Before I watched this film I doubted Tom Cruises ability to play such a bad guy but his performance really proves how great and versatile he is. He carries the part off perfectly, scary yet still managing to be sexy! (Anne Rice was also worried at first about this casting but after seeing the film, publicly apologised to Cruise for her doubts)
* Brad Pitt: Louis de Pointe du Lac
Plays the young, heartbroken guy very well. I really feel for Louis as he is a good guy deep down!
Just about the sexiest vampire I ever saw! Great acting too, I've always been a fan of Brad Pitt and this is a great role for him.
* Kirsten Dunst: Claudia
A very young Kirsten carries off this part well.
It can at times be a bit disturbing watching her part as she looks so young and innocent then she's sucking blood from people!
Kirsten Dunst has spoken out about growing u too fast and I'm sure her part in this comes into that.
These three are the main charactors but they are supported by some equally big names including:
Christian Slater as the writer who interviews Louis,
Antonio Banderas as the vampire Armand,
Thandi Newton (little known at the time) as Yvette.
Stephen Rea as Santiago.
All in all, a fantastic cast!
Of course the film couldn't be this amazing without the special effects, make up artists etc.
The make up of Tom Cruise alone took 3 hours to perfect before filiming every day.
As extra testament to the brilliance of this film; Anne Rice was so pleased with this adaptation that she took out a two page ad in both Vanity Fair and the New York Times endorsing it as "a masterpiece".
Interview with the Vampire was released in 1995 (for some reason the film seems much older than that to me!)
The film is rated 18 for the strong language, sex, nudity and bloody violence!
Running time: 118 minutes
On this special edition these are the extras:
Audio commentary by the director
Documentary 'In the shadow of a Vampire'- a full length documentary!
Vampire films can sometimes be a bit hit or miss, this is a big hit!
They took a risk with the two main actors and it paid off, neither one had played this kind of part before but they both excelled!
A great story bringing together all the emotions Louis has felt throughout his life, his epic life story is amazing and spellbinding. The way the story is being told to the writer also adds an original twist to the film.
There are some quite graphic scenes as you would expect from blood suckers! Not one for the squeamish. I don't find the film scary as there were no jumpy bits, just gore really.
The film is almost 2 hours but I could easily have watched an hour more, the time flies by as it does when you're really enjoying something!
Oh and of course a superb ending to this amazing film!
Utterly spellbinding, a fantastic film.
I only wish I could have seen it at the cinema, what an experience I'm sure!
In great contrast to its horrendous *sequel* "Interview with the Vampire" is a beautiful portrayal of the Anne Rice bestseller.
Directed by Neil Jordan, and written by Anne Rice, IWTV (I have to abbreviate, or my fingers will bleed) was released in 1994.
The film was based upon the 1976 Anne Rice novel.
Plot (ill try and keep this brief)
Its San Francisco, present day.
Louis(Brad Pitt), a bloke that claims to be a vampire is telling his story to a reporter (Christian Slater).Reporter bloke is not convinced, until Louis proves his vampirism by demonstrating his super human speedyness.
Eager for a story, reporter bloke listens to his tale.
In 1791 (so tells Louis) Louis was suicidal. His wife and child had both died, leaving him alone on his plantation. He is attacked by Lestat(Tom Cruise) a vampire, but is given the chance to become undead.
Louis, not so completely suicidal afterall, accepts, and is turned.
Lestat shows Louis all the vampire ropes.Coffins, blood, daylight etc.
Louis doesnt fancy eating people though, and chooses to drink animal blood instead. This doesnt impress Lestat.
Lestat keeps on at him, and eventually Louis relents, killing one of his servants. He then sets about killing himself, by setting his house on fire. Lestat saves him though, and they flee to New Orleans proper.
Although he tries to be a good boy, Louis has a moment of madness, and bites a young girl, motherless due to the plague. Too weak, or disgusted to turn her, Lestat finishes the job.
They called her Claudia(Kirsten Dunst).
Claudia is a bit naughty. She kills people happily.Despite this, her and Louis become best buds, whilst a gap opens up between her and Lestat.
Claudia grows more and more angry with her situation, when she realises she will never grow up. She begins to hate Lestat for turning her.
Sneakily, trying to get rid of him, Claudia tricks Lestat into drinking the blood of two dead children.Dead blood is poison to vampires.
Whilst he is all weak and poisoned and kittenlike, Claudia slahses her throat, revealing what she has done to Louis, and coercing him to help her dump Lestats dead body in the swamp.
Lestat is a clever chap though, and regains his strength from feeding on crocodiles. Vampires like Lestat are not so easy to kill.
He returns to Louis and Claudia, attacking them, before they escape from his on a boat to Europe.
Claudia and Louis go to Paris, and have a merry old time until they meet a couple of Vampires.
Santiago, and Armand (Antonio Banderas). Armand runs a theatre, a vampire theatre, that lets his coven feed on people in public, whilst its mistaken for show.
Armand vampires have found out about Claudia *killing* Lestat, and are not happy about it.
Armand tries to warn Claudia to leave, but Louis wont be parted from her.
Claudia is worried about her and Louis relationship though, and knows he will leave her soon for Armand.
She brings home a lady, and begs Louis to turn her, so that Claudia has a companion. Louis is conflicted, but Claudia is persuasive.
Unfortunatly though, after the deed is done, the nasty vampires from the theatre break in, and take Claudia, her new pal, and Louis.
They trap Louis is a metal coffin, and throw Claudia and her lady friend outside in a shaft with an open roof.
When the sun comes up, Claudia and her friend are burned to ashes.
Armand finally rescues Louis, but its too late for Claudia.
Hell bent on revenge, Louis burns the theatre to the ground.
Years and years pass, and Louis wanders the world.
He eventually meets up with Lestat again, finding him a complete wreck, who hasnt come to terms with modern technology, and is holed up like a frightened hermit.
Louis leaves him be.
And there ends the interview.
Jornalist boy isnt satisfied though, and begs Louis to turn him into a vampire. Louis is mad that journalist boy hasnt understood the point of the story, and leaves.
Journalist boy drives away, replaying the tape of the conversation.
At that point, Louis swoops in, and promises to give him "The choice I never had".
There are a few differences between the book and the film.
In the book, Louis is devestated over the death of his brother, whilst in the film, he is grieving his wife and child.
When Lestat drinks the blood of the twin boys that Claudia gives him, he is weakened from drinking their *dead blood* in the book, its the absynth and laudanum in their blood that weakens him, not their being dead.
At the end of the film, Lestat is on the brink of turning Daniel, journalist boy. In the books, Daniel is turned by Armand, in "Queen of the Damned".
In the film, Louis leaves Armand, and travels the world alone, whilst in the novel, Armand goes with Louis.
In the film, Claudia is about 11 years old, whilst in the novel, she is only about 5.
These small changes however, seem essential to the film to me.
For example, it wouldnt have been practical for Claudia to be played by a five year old. The character was too complex for someone that young.
All the little changes make sense, and bring an extra richness to the film.
Tom Cruise, although the complete opposite of Anne Rice's original vision of Lestat, played the part wonderfully, eventually winning even Rice over.
Tom Cruise had never played a part like this before, and showed the world what a versatile actor he could be.He completely embodied the character of Lestat, from his lazy elegance, slightly french accent, and bucket loads of sensual charisma.
Brad Pitt is equally as stunning as the tortured Louis,although his performance is quieter, less flashy than that of Cruise.
The real star of the film though, is Kirsten Dunst as Claudia.
Only 11 at the time of filming, her performance equals the maturity of any of cast member, often outshining them.
Her turn as vampire child Claudia is chilling, her untimely death tragic.
(yes. I cried).
This film has everything. Its thrilling, scary, tragic, and at times, incredibly funny.
The dialogue is beautifully scripted, the relationships between characters realistic, and at times uncomfortable in both their passion, and hatred.
There are occasional gory moments, although far less than your average horror flick. The chills come from the situations, rather than any gratuitous gross outs (although, the eating of rats, the slit throats, and the dead bodies are not too pleasent).
The plot is incredibly compelling, and remains incredibly close to the book.
There are a few homoerotic moments in the film, but not in comparison to the book. The only lust involved in the film is blood lust....although its clear there is something going on with Louis/Lestat, Louis/Armand.
This is a truly beautiful, classic vampire film. It is visually elegant and haunting. The cast is tremendously talented.
If you havent seen this, then please do.
This is pretty much one of the only films that I will ever say equals the book....and considering how much I love the book, thats a massive compliment.
Some interesting bits.
*In 1972, Anne Rice lost her daughter to Leukemia. The creation of the character Claudia, a vampire child, helped her through this.
*River Phoeni was originally cast as the journalist, but died four weeks before filming began. Christian Slater took up the role.
*Johnny Depp turned down the role of Lestat.
Tom Cruise as Lestat de Lioncourt
Brad Pitt as Louis Pointe du Lac
Antonio Banderas as Armand
Christian Slater as Daniel Malloy--The Interviewer
Kirsten Dunst as Claudia
Stephen Rea as Santiago
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Interview With The Vampire is a film adaptation of Anne Rice's best seller. The film tells the life story, in first person, of Louis (Brad Pitt), a man with nothing to life for, who is seduced into darkness and the life of a vampire by Lestat (Tom Cruise). Louis is tormented by his now undead life, and the fact that he must now kill others in order to survive himself. The film is based mainly in the nineteenth century and every detail of that aspect such as the history, costumes, and scenery are displayed in perfect detail. Interview With The Vampire is a very involving film that draws you in too the point that you fall in love with the characters, and feel each of their triumphs and failures. The relationships between the characters are almost unequalled in complexity and realism, especially the hate between Louis and Lestat, and the love between Louis and his vampire daughter who is played by Kirsten Dunst. Also the loneliness portrayed by Tom Cruise is stunning. The film has some strong bloody violence that is normally associated with vampire, and horror films, but this simply makes the film more powerful as it is not over the top or inappropriate. This is really one to watch and enjoy.
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When it was announced that Tom Cruise would play the vampire Lestat in this adaptation of Anne Rice's bestselling novel, even Rice chimed in with a highly publicised objection. The author wisely and justifiably recanted her negative opinion when she saw Cruise's excellent performance, which perceptively addresses the pain and chronic melancholy that plagues anyone cursed with immortal bloodlust. Brad Pitt and Kirsten Dunst are equally good at maintaining the dark and brooding tone of Rice's novel. And in this rare mainstream project for a major studio, director Neil Jordan compensates for a lumbering plot by honouring the literate, Romantic qualities of Rice's screenplay. Considered a disappointment while being embraced by Rice's loyal followers, Interview with the Vampire is too slow to be a satisfying thriller, but it is definitely one of the most lavish, intelligent horror films ever made. --Jeff Shannon