Interview with the Vampire

Critics 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

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Cast

Tom Cruise
as Lestat
Brad Pitt
as Louis
Stephen Rea
as Santiago
Virginia McCollam
as Prostitute on Waterfront
Indra Ove
as New Orleans Whore
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
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Audience Reviews for Interview with the Vampire

  • 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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