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Interview with the Vampire (1994)

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Critic Consensus: Despite lacking some of the book's subtler shadings, and suffering from some clumsy casting, Interview with a Vampire benefits from Neil Jordan's atmospheric direction and a surfeit of gothic thrills.

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Anne Rice's best-selling romantic horror tale about the origins of a centuries-old vampire inspired this popular, atmospheric chiller. One of director Neil Jordan's major Hollywood productions, the film stays close to its source material, retaining the frame of a young reporter (Christian Slater) interviewing a man who claims to be a 200-year-old vampire. The man, Louis (Brad Pitt), shares his story, beginning in 18th-century New Orleans with his first encounters with the charismatic and decadent vampire Lestat (Tom Cruise). Lestat converts Louis to blood-sucking and immortality, but Louis fails to adopt Lestat's cavalier attitude, instead tormenting himself with guilt over his new nature. The two vampires remain deeply, if reluctantly, connected over the years, while becoming intimately involved with others of their kind, including Claudia (Kirsten Dunst), a mature immortal in a young child's body. Fans of the novel raised numerous objections, particularly after Rice initially spoke out against the casting of Cruise as Lestat; further casting difficulties followed the death of River Phoenix, whose role as the interviewer was assumed by Christian Slater. Rice later recanted her objections, and the combination of thrills and gothic romance proved popular with audiences. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi
Rating:
R (for vampire violence and gore, and for sexuality)
Genre:
Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Romance
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Warner Home Video

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Cast

Tom Cruise
as Lestat
Brad Pitt
as Louis
Kirsten Dunst
as Claudia
Stephen Rea
as Santiago
Indra Ove
as New Orleans Whore
Virginia McCollam
as Prostitute on Waterfront
John McConnell
as Gambler
Bellina Logan
as Tavern Girl
Lyla Hay Owen
as Widow St. Clair
Lee Emery
as Widow's Lover
Monte Montague
as Plague Victim Bearer
Lyla Kay Owen
as Widow St. Clair
Helen McCrory
as 2nd New Orleans Whore
Jeanette Kontomitras
as Woman in Square
Roger Lloyd-Pack
as Piano Teacher
George Kelly
as Dollmaker
Nicole Dubois
as Creole Woman
Micha Bergese
as Paris Vampire
Rory Edwards
as Paris Vampire
Marcel Iures
as Paris Vampire
Susan Lynch
as Paris Vampire
Louise Salter
as Paris Vampire
Matthew Sim
as Paris Vampire
Francois Testory
as Paris Vampire
Andrew Tiernan
as Paris Vampire
Simon Tyrrell
as Paris Vampire
George Yiasoumi
as Paris Vampire
Laure Marsac
as Mortal Woman on Stage
Katia Caballero
as Woman in Audience
Louis Lewis-Smith
as Mortal Boy
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Critic Reviews for Interview with the Vampire

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (11)

It's about seduction, and either you succumb to its inky entrapments or you resist. When its mojo was working, I was happy to be had.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Newsweek
Top Critic

Why would Tom Cruise be playing Lestat, a gaunt, suave European vampire with a taste for young men? Because a big movie star can do whatever he wants.

Full Review… | August 24, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

The leading performances, if acceptable, are not everything they needed to be to fully flesh out these elegant immortals.

Full Review… | August 24, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

The major problem lies with Rice's own script, which is dramatically repetitive and philosophically banal.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Interview with the Vampire promises a constantly surprising vampire story, and it keeps that promise.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

For all its visionary brilliance, the movie version of Interview never lets us close enough to see ourselves in Louis. We're dazzled but unmoved.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Interview with the Vampire

½

A gloomy, romantic vampire story with an elegant dialogue and a sensual Gothic atmosphere that makes us want to know more and more about those dark creatures. Still, the film suffers from some serious miscasting - except for Dunst, who is pretty good.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

Action-packed from first to last. Tom Cruise is so good at being a psycho. How did we not see this earlier??

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

Super Reviewer

½

A vampire from born in New Orleans in the 18th century tells the tale of his life to an incredulous reporter. Anne Rice's own adaptation of her novel is quite literary which tempers the melodrama to give it quite a theatrical feel, added to by a good supporting cast; Tom Cruise actually gives one of his more characterful performances and is clearly enjoying himself as the rakish Lestat. It's obviously mainly about the eye candy and gothic romanticism for the benefit of the ladies, but there is also some great period detail and interesting themes running through it; particularly the eternal child and links between voyeurism and violence. A VERY young Kirsten Dunst gives a mature performance as Louie's unwilling child/love although I felt Banderas' character was underused. It's brooding, atmospheric and has a nice line in black but playful humour and is far superior to the vast majority of it's many, many copycats.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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