Sunday, October 27, 2013

Interview with the Vampire

1994 American Feature
Alternate Title: Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles

Cast: Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas, Stephen Rea, Christian Slater, Thandie Newton, Domiziana Giordano and Kirsten Dunst
Director: Neil Jordan
Writer: Anne Rice, based on her novel

200-year old vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac relates his life story to a reporter, beginning with his transformation by the vampire Lestat. Together, the two create their own ersatz family, complete with their own blood-sucking "daughter".


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.5/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 62% / Audience: 83%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 59% / Audience: 8.0%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available


  • Academy Award nominations for Best Art Direction and Original Score.
  • Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress (Dunst) and Original Score.
  • BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography and Production Design; also nominated for Best Costume Design and Makeup/Hair.
  • Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Awards for Best Horror Film, Younger Actor (Dunst), Costumes and Makeup.
  • Razzie Award for Worst Screen Couple (Cruise and Pitt).

  • Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice's debut novel and the first of her 10-part "Vampire Chronicles" series, was first published in 1976.
  • At one point, author-turned-screenwriter Anne Rice rewrote the part of Louis, changing him into a female, in order to specifically heterosexualyze his relationship with Lestat. At the time, Rice felt it was the only way to get the film made. Cher and Angelica Huston were considered for the part. While the final screenplay didn't go that far, several of the novel's overt references to the story's gay subtext were eliminated. 
  • Queen of the Damned, Anne Rice's third novel in her "Vampire Chronicles" series, was adapted for film in 2002, with Stuart Townsend playing Lestat. 
  • Lestat, a stage musical inspired by Anne Rice's books, premiered on Broadway in 2006. With music by Elton John, the show was a flop, closing after only a month of performances.

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