Interview with the Vampire (1994)
Louis (Brad Pitt) tells his story if how he went from one life to the next through is journey with the Vampire Lestat (Tom Cruise). Louis’s wife dies during childbirth and he feels lost and alone, only wishing he could die himself. During an incident in a tavern, the Vampire Lestat feeds on Louis and turns gives him new life, only Louis isn’t fond of his new powers and urges. He doesn’t wish to kill people to feed even though Lestat tries at every turn to get him to feed on humans, instead he kills and drinks the blood of rats. One night Louis finds a young girl crying from the death of her mother and Louis bites her, transforming her into his “daughter,” however she adopts Lestat’s need for blood. When Claudia (Kirsten Dunst) realizes she will never grow older, she is furious and together, her and Louis kill Lestat. To get away from it all, the go to Paris and discover an underground cavern of Vampires, but when the discover they killed one of their own kind, Louis and Claudia are in trouble.
Interview with the Vampire is the first in Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicle series and first to be made into a movie. Starring Brad Pitt (in the movie that made him A-list), and Tom Cruise at top of his prime, these 2 “pretty boys” made being Vampires cool long before that Twilight crap did. Just as Dracula did years ago, this movie turned Vampires from horror icons and made them vulnerable with emotions and sorrows. Louis desperately wants to disassociate himself with the idea of killing humans for blood, but yet he must to live. Because the vampires live so long, the witness many around them die and feel lost and alone, just as Louis did before he was turned. The movie does a great job of bringing the “gothic” aspect to the forefront with the 18th century New Orleans and Paris atmosphere. The Interview with the Vampire is a nice piece of storytelling that paints a world of grief and anguish along with the beautiful settings of the world of Vampires. Co-starring Antonio Banderas, Stephen Rea, Christian Slater and Thandie Newton.
8/10 Stars – Similar in nature to Dracula, paints Vampires as vulnerable, sad and “gothic.”
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