Interview With the Vampire

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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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Born as an 18th-century lord, Louis (Brad Pitt) is now a bicentennial vampire, telling his story to an eager biographer (Christian Slater). Suicidal after the death of his family, he meets Lestat (Tom Cruise), a vampire who persuades him to choose immortality over death and become his companion. Eventually, gentle Louis resolves to leave his violent maker, but Lestat guilts him into staying by turning a young girl (Kirsten Dunst) -- whose addition to the "family" breeds even more conflict.

Cast & Crew

Tom Cruise
Lestat de Lioncourt
Brad Pitt
Louis de Pointe du Lac
Christian Slater
Daniel Malloy
Indra Ové
New Orleans Whore
Laure Marsac
Mortal Woman on Stage
Elliot Goldenthal
Original Music
Philippe Rousselot
Cinematographer
Mick Audsley
Film Editor
Joke van Wijk
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  • Oct 16, 2016
    I'm always down for a horror film that switches up the conventional tropes of the genre. Interview with the Vampire certainly does that, but it also fails to capture one's undivided attention for a full 2 hours. Coming out in 1994, this was the very beginnings of Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt's rise to fame, and that plays into a lot of the fun with the film. Cruise plays a seasoned vampire, Lestat, who seeks out a partner in crime, Brad Pitt, to be the next vampire along his side. Pitt had dealt with plenty of loss in his life and so a step away from his normal life and into the immortal life isn't the worst thing. But Lestat's harsher ways of living prove to be too much for Pitt's 'Louis' character. And there you have much of the first half of the film. It's pretty weird watching these established actors back when they were obviously taking on more risky roles such as these. I can't see either of the two taking on a vampire film now, so I guess that adds to the uniqueness of this film. There's plenty of bloody fun to be had with the film. There aren't a ton of scares, which is disappointing, but there's no shortage of obscure Cruise monologues and slasher twists. With that said, the film takes an unexpected turn about half way through, and the rest of the story falls of the rails because of it. So much so that the first and second hour feel like completely different stories. Mixed in you get a touching arc about Louis taking in a young Kirsten Dunst, who is surprisingly great (at only 12 years of age), but it's not enough to overcome a really weak second half. To me, the film is at its best when it explores the dynamic between Louis and Lestat, and lets Cruise and Pitt go crazy with dialogue and peculiar actions. Once we dive deep into why there are vampires and Antonio Banderas' character, the film falls flat. +Cruise & Pitt playing strange/creepy vampires +Bloody fun first half -Flat second half 5.8/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Aug 08, 2015
    A very unique take on the life and ideas of vampires. A great historical perspective to the story of the characters. Great acting and a great cast.
    Ian I Super Reviewer
  • Jun 15, 2014
    Action-packed from first to last. Tom Cruise is so good at being a psycho. How did we not see this earlier??
    Letitia L Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2013
    "Wait a minute ... OMG the whole movie's about being gay!" That was pretty much my thinking as I watched Interview with the Vampire quietly unravel itself to me. Louis and Lestat embrace and float skyward as one man drinks another mans blood. The two will never be the same after this "awakening" or "turning". Louis is a little confused about his new "orientation", he is disgusted and rejects the whole situation. Once he realizes what he is and that there is no way back he is enraged and hates Lestat for bestowing "the dark gift" upon him. The audience watch on as Louis is now a social outcast and that there is a relationship of sorts between the two main characters. The couple cannot have children but Lastat brings a daughter into the equation to stop Louis from leaving - one taking the role of the Mother, the other the role of the Father. The story continues, as do the frilly shirts, long hair, men being beautiful and attempting to seduce one another - be it by beauty or power perhaps. Whether you buy into this line of thought or not you must at least agree that there is a strong homosexual undertone; "No one could resist me, not even you, Louis". "I tried". "...And the more you tried, the more I wanted you". Undertones aside I enjoyed the movie, it's very cool and has a quality soundtrack. Tom Cruise is fun and entertaining as Lestat and he and Pitt complement each other in their roles. Although my two favourite screen performances came from neither the above but from Kirsten Dunst (who plays her part in just the right tone and leaves me with wonder) and Antonio "You asked the wrong questions" Banderas. Although I feel its a movie that showcases stars, rather than actors. For me it did seem a little long and could have perhaps been 20 - 30 minutes shorter. After 90 minutes you may feel that it's starting to lose it's edge and by 122 minutes you are glad it's over. I feel Interview with the Vampire is enjoyable, fun and entertaining. It's an above average movie and is a product of its time but I don't feel its strong enough or has enough substance to be considered great.
    James C Super Reviewer

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