Thursday, October 4, 2018

Interview with the Vampire (1994 Film) Review

 In 1994, I was six years old, so a scary vampire movie wasn't exactly something I put into my VCR. I can't recall exactly when I learned of the movie. I think it was during some kind of reflection thing on media, where someone mentioned Kirsten Dunst's role in the movie was well acted for someone so young (she was only like 11) at the time. It also has some pretty big names (probably not as big back in 1994 except Tom Cruise) with Brad Pitt in one of the first roles that made him a household name.
 The movie starts in the present day (well...1994) in San Francisco. A journalist named Daniel Molloy is asked by a mysterious man to know his story. Alone in a room, Daniel Molloy realizes that this man really is what he claims to be. One of the darkest creatures of legend, this man is a vampire. He explains that his name is Louis, and that Daniel should not have any fear from him. He starts his story right before he turned into one of the darkest creatures of "myth".  
 Louis wasn't always a vampire, two centuries prior he was human until a vampire named Lestat de Lioncourt saw a glorious potential. Near the end of his mortal life, Louis was deeply depressed and longed for the Grim Reaper. His wife and infant had died, and all the joy he had was gone from the world. Lestat gives him the choice to become a vampire, and Louis decides to accept his offer. Lestat becomes angry when Louis refuses to feed on mortal humans. He takes advantage of Lestat's knowledge that vampires can survive off of animals like rats, and while his vampire body doesn't like it, his soul becomes resistant to "evil". 
 In a moment of weakness, Louis almost kills a little girl whose mother had just died of plague. Overwhelmed with guilt and blinded from better logic by it, he lets Lestat turn her into a vampire too. The girl Claudia soon becomes ruthless towards humans like Lestat, and many ways she's worse because she often has no rules that dictate her methods. Louis becomes concerned as Claudia realizes that she will never grow up. 
Like I expected, I loved Interview with the Vampire. Most critics seemed to like it back in the day, minus some considerable naysayers. I do find it hilarious that Oprah Winfrey in 1994 walked out of the movie after ten minutes because the movie was "part of the forces of darkness" or something like that. It's not really a horror film in the Jason Voorhees or Freddy Krueger way, or even a Stephen King way. It's a well-done and interesting drama (based on a popular novel series) set in a very spooky setting. If you need such a movie for your Halloween time, you can't really go wrong here either.  

Score: A-


  1. I'm probably one of the few people who haven't seen this.
    It is a classic in its genre.

  2. I grew up watching this movie with my older siblings and I loved it! Such great memories.


  3. ughhhh...I was 30:) I saw this in the theatre and enjoyed it even thought it is not as good as the book but few films are. Oprah walked out?...Hahaaaa. I found all the characters quite compelling and thought Cruise was good as Lestat. I also really like Antonio Bandares. Yes, Little Claudia is one bad ass kid

  4. LOL didn't know that about Oprah! I always liked this movie.

  5. My husband and I are both huge fans of the book series of these vampire chronicles, and we've seen this movie. We've read many of Anne Rice's books. The novels are amazing and the vampire Lestat is a favourite character. That being said, I never would have chosen Tom Cruise for Lestat's character. In my opinion, he wasn't the right actor for it. That was a huge disappointment with the movie.

  6. I haven't seen the movie, but I read Anne Rice's novel many years ago. I'll watch for this as a free movie on my cable feed. Thanks for the memories of a great book!

  7. I remember liking the movie when it first came out, but like others have said, I enjoyed the books much more.

  8. Anne Rice's vampire novels and this movie have a cult following among gay men of a certain age. Louis and Lestat are seen as a gay male couple with their child, Claudia. They certainly spend much of the movie bickering together like an old married couple. Any vampire story is really about repressed and forbidden sexuality. That's why the Victorians loved vampire stories so much.

  9. Like most people who've seen it, I was very impressed with Dunst's performance. Tom Cruise pleasantly surprised me as Lestat. Nothing against him as an actor, but having read the novel first, Cruise seemed more like a Louis to me, but he nailed Lestat, the vampire who ended up being the star of all the subsequent books in the series.

    Adding to what Debra just said, Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula, is now thought to have been gay. And maybe it's just acting on Cruise's part, but he really does seem like he's drooling over Pitt in that movie.