Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
Director: Neil Jordan
Screenwriter: Annie Rice
Cast: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst, Christian Slater, Thandie Newton, Antonio Banderas, Helen McCrory, Roger Lowe Ed Peck/ Stephen Rea/ Marcel Iures/ Bellina Logan/ Susan Lynch/ Andrew Timans/ John McConnell/ Loel Marthaco/ Domeziana Giordano / …
Genre: Drama / Fantasy / Thriller
Region: United States
Length: 123 minutes
Also known as: Vampire Love (Hong Kong)
Rating: IMDB 7.5 / Rotten Tomatoes 64%
In Louisiana in the 18th century, the manor owner Louis (played by Brad Pitt) met the vampire Lestat (played by Tom Cruise) and was turned into a vampire by his spell. Louis has humanity in his heart, he is unwilling to suck blood to kill people, and lives by sucking the blood of animals, while Lestat is determined to teach Louis to be a real blood-sucking kind.
In New Orleans, Louis couldn’t resist the temptation to suck the blood of the little girl Claudia (Kirsten Dunst), while Lestat ignored Louis’ objection and turned Claudia into a vampire too. The three formed a peculiar family.
Decades have passed, and Claudia began to resent Lestat for depriving him of his real life. She designed to kill Lestat, and traveled around the world with Louis, living a life like a father and daughter and a lover , looking for the same kind, but also looking for the meaning of their own existence.
In Paris, they met a group of vampires headed by Amon (Antonio Banderas), who lived underground in the theater and lived a life completely different from them. For this reason, a rift appeared between Louis and Claudia, which eventually led to an irreparable tragedy.
In 1988, Louis returned to New Orleans and told a young reporter Malloy (Christian Slater) about his experience and the sadness behind the immortality of vampires. Being deeply attracted, a new vampire story will begin from here.
“Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles” is a 1994 horror-drama film based on the novel of the same name by Anne Rice. The film follows the story of a vampire named Louis de Pointe du Lac (played by Brad Pitt), who tells his life story to a journalist named Daniel Molloy (played by Christian Slater).
The film also features Tom Cruise as Lestat de Lioncourt, a vampire who turns Louis into a vampire and becomes his mentor, and Kirsten Dunst as Claudia, a child vampire who becomes Louis and Lestat’s companion.
The film received mixed reviews upon its release, with some critics praising the performances of the cast, particularly Cruise’s performance as Lestat, while others criticized the film’s pacing and structure. However, it has since become a cult classic among vampire enthusiasts and fans of Anne Rice’s novels.
“Interview with the Vampire” was followed by a sequel, “Queen of the Damned” in 2002, which was based on Rice’s third novel in the Vampire Chronicles series.