Interview With a Vampire (1994)

Directed by: Neil Jordan

Written by:
Anne Rice


Brad Pitt .... Louis de Pointe du Lac
Tom Cruise .... Lestat de Lioncourt
Kirsten Dunst .... Claudia
Antonio Banderas .... Armand
Stephen Rea .... Santagio
Christian Slater .... Daniel Mallow

Release Dates: Theatrical: November 11, 1994; Cherbourg-Octeville Festival of Irish and British Film: October 17, 1997 (France)

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A young journalist during present day named Daniel Mallow (Christian Slater) is interviewing a man who claims to be a vampire living for over 200 years named Louis de Pointe du Lac (Brad Pitt) about his history as he discusses his first encounter way back in New Orleans, 1791 as he discusses his family loss and his will to live until he meets up with a vampire named Lestat de Lioncourt (Tom Cruise) who takes interest in him and turns him into a vampire.
Lestat tries to tell him on how to live by feasting on human blood but he feasts on rats and other animals as he refuses to kill but they run into a little girl named Claudia (Kirsten Dunst) who's mother became a victim to Lestat and Louis drinks her blood as she becomes a vampiress and are a family for centuries but however, Claudia doesn't seem to take a liking to her new lifestyle as she's always hungry for blood nor does she care for Lestat either and tries to kill him but he seems to haunt them as the two of them try to burn him alive and then travel to France where they meet up with a theatre of people that are vampires led by two men named Armand (Antonio Banderas) and Santagio (Stephen Rea) as they don't make their welcoming to well as Louis discusses that he had to fight for his life there when he thought that things were getting better for him and Claudia by trying to start a new vampire family.


A good shot on Daniel Mallow trying to interview Louis de Pointe du Lac in a room with him having his body faced at a window. Slater does well by asking him what he thinks of crucifix's etc. and Pitt reacts very well to his questions.
We spot a nice scene with Lestat de Lioncourt picking up Louis in a ship and flying him up which was a nice effect.
There's a nice setting with a sun and Louis watching it as well as his conversation with Lestat about a discussion of the last time with him encountering the sun again. We have a surprise show on Lestat suddenly attacking Louis with a good shot on him biting his neck and watching Louis with wide eyes and his skin going pale.
There's a nice setting with the two of them dining in a mansion as well.
We spot a perfect setting with Louis walking along with Widow St. Clair and suddenly kissing her with a nice reaction on her being aroused by this as well as perfect close up shots on two poodles barking. During this same time we have a good close up shot on Lestat staring coldly at the Widow's lover with his blunt and evil speaking to him.
A good shot on Louis losing it and pushing Lestat to a tree with lots of rage and energy.
We have a nice discussion between Louis and supporting character Yvette in the mansion as we have a good shot on him biting her arm.
We have a good shot on Louis holding her lifeless body and shouting that the mansion is cursed to the locals holding torches. We also have lots of good shots on Louis lighting up the mansion on fire as well as a perfect shot on the front of the mansion burning in flames.
We spot a good setting with Lestat and a whore with him caressing her as well as a good shot on him biting her wrist and her not being able to take it.
There's a good and disturbing moment with Lestat trying to train Louis on killing her off and this whore crying intensely and begging them not to.
A good shot on Louis hugging a young girl as well as him biting her neck and a good expression on her looking uncomfortable.
There are many good scene's with Lestat chastising Claudia when she kills someone for blood.
A good peaceful setting with Claudia wrapping her arms around Lestat while he's playing the piano and talking to him.
A good shot on Louis opening a door to outside and a surprise attack by Lestat which makes you jump.
Nice dark moment with Lestat at the piano looking dark and gloomy with his cold words.
A good presence by Santagio approaching Louis miming and doing all sorts of crazy tricks.
Nice setting on a theatre act mainly performed by Santiago with a mortal woman on stage doing a vampire play as well as Armand approaching the stage too.
There are nice discussions between Louis and Armand in a coven area as it seems dark and mystifying.
A nice shot on Paris Vampires dragging Louis away as he screams in a rage.
There's a good battle between Louis and Santiago during a raging fire in the theatre which fits the scene too.
A good shot on Louis grabbing Daniel by the neck and holding him in the air with vicious expressions on his face.
Bottom line is that this is a terrific vampire movie without the typical scheme of a vampire turning into a bat or anything. It has a real feel to it showing the 1700's as it looked very convincing with the costumes and styles too like you'd see in a Shakespearean setting.
All sorts of good vampire effects along with a good story on a vampire family which really almost looks like a labour of love too. There's good intense moments too as some viewers might find hard to watch with the victims being killed or ready to be killed.

The acting is terrific with lots of great style involved with the whole cast. Tom Cruise (Lestat de Lioncourt) really knew how to pull of his part as a charmingly evil like vampire with a strong attitude and a great powerful accent. Great evil looks to him too to top it off. shows a nice rage after encountering at what he's done during a scene where he burns a mansion in flames. A nice suffocating reaction on him after drinking blood from a corpse.
Brad Pitt
(Louis de Pointe du Lac) was another actor who had the right looks to be a vampire and nice seriousness to his role as well. He is great by being hesitant about his training on sacrificing a whore.
Kirsten Dunst
(Claudia) does terrifically well as a bratty little vampiress showing terrific aggression to her character and looked perfect for her role too.
She is terrific going into a screaming rage wanting her hair to be short and looking older. A nice nasty reaction in a certain part of the movie. Nice blocking on her slitting someone's throat.
Antonio Banderas
(Armand) has a nice silent attitude to his part as a French vampire who has nice chemistry to his part in this film as well as the right looks too.
Stephen Rea
(Santiago) has the perfect comedic type to his part as well as an evil side to him to top it all off.
Christian Slater
(Daniel Mallow) however didn't appeal to me too well as the interviewer but still did a fine job nonetheless.
Supporting actress
Domiziana Giordano (Madeleine) seemed to look like a good motherly vampiress and does the trick with her performance which was a shame her role wasn't too big.

A brief butt and breast shot by a woman near a cracked doorway
Laure Marsac
has her top taken off on stage exposing her breasts eventually being stripped down to expose her full naked body.

People's neck are being bitten with blood oozing out
Some slaughtered animals
A throat is openly slashed with blood pouring out leading to a pool of it
A head is chopped off
A body is sliced in half

Elliot Goldenthal composed alot of strong orchestral classical music for the film making it sounds perfect for the type of film that it is. Lots of trumpet and horn playing sounding perfectly adventureous with the odd dark music too.

I loved the songtrack of Guns N Roses cover of the Rolling Stones classic hit "Sympathy for the Devil" as they do it in their own original style and it's about time GNR did a Stones cover song since the band is eavily influenced by the bad boy image.

Louis: So you want me to tell you the story of my life?

Louis: That morning I was not yet a vampire, and I saw my last sunrise. I remember it completely, and yet I can't recall any sunrise before it. I watched its whole magnificence for the last time as if it were the first. And then I said farewell to sun light, and set out to become what I became.

Lestat: Perfect! Just perfect! Just burn the place! Burn everything we own! Have us sleeping in the field like cattle!
Louis: You thought you could have it all...
Lestat: Oh, shut up,Louis! Mon Dieu! Come here.

Claudia: Where's mama?
Lestat: Mama... mama has gone to heaven, Chérie, like that sweet lady right there. They all go to heaven.
Louis: All but us.
Lestat: Shh. Do you want to frighten our little daughter?
Claudia: I'm not your daughter.
Lestat: Oh, yes, you are. You're mine and Louis' daughter now. You see, Louis was going to leave us, he was going to go away, but now he's not. Now, he's going to stay and make you happy.
Claudia: Louis.
Louis: You fiend.
Lestat: One happy family.

Lestat: Mon dieu, what melancholy nonsense. I swear you grow more like Louis each day. Soon you'll be eating rats!
Claudia: Rats? When did you eat rats Louis?
Louis: It was a long, long time ago. Before you were born, and I don't recommend them.

Claudia: Which one of you did it? One of you did it! Which on of you made me the way I am?
Lestat: What you are? A vampire gone insane that pollutes its own bed?
Claudia: And if I cut my hair again?
Lestat: It will grow back again.
Claudia: But it wasn't always so. I had a mother once, and Louis, he had a wife. He was mortal the same as she and so was I.
Louis: Claudia!
Claudia: You made us what we are, didn't you?
Lestat: Stop her, Louis.
Claudia: Did you do it to me?
[slashes Lestat's face, and it heals immediately]
Claudia: How did you do it?
Lestat: Why should I tell you? It's in my power.
Claudia: Why yours alone? Tell me how it was done.
Lestat: Be glad I made you what you are. You'd be dead now if I hadn't, just like that damned corpse. Now, get rid of it!
Claudia: You get rid of it.

Louis: Claudia, don't!
Claudia: [Beginning to cut her hair] Why not? Can't I change, like everybody else?

Louis: Vampires pretending to be humans, pretending to be vampires.
Claudia: How avant-garde.