In this adaptation of the Thomas Mann novel, avant-garde composer Gustave Aschenbach (loosely based on Gustav Mahler) travels to a Venetian seaside resort in search of repose after a period... See full summary »
It hadn't even been a year since a plantation owner named Louis had lost his wife in childbirth. Both his wife and the infant died, and now he has lost his will to live. A vampire named Lestat takes a liking to Louis and offers him the chance to become a creature of the night: a vampire. Louis accepts, and Lestat drains Louis' mortal blood and then replaces it with his own, turning Louis into a vampire. Louis must learn from Lestat the ways of the vampire. Written by
Louis is 200 years old in the film, but in the novel he's 185 years old. The age difference was to tie in with when the film was set. See more »
Louis tells his interviewer that he saw the sun rise for the first time in 200 years when he watched his first movie. It is implied that Louis saw the movie when it was new, or almost new, in the late 1920s, when he had been a vampire for less than 140 years. See more »
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Every friend of stylish Gothic vampire stories should love this!
Although Neil Jordan's "Interview with the vampire: The Vampire chronicles" definitely has its own devoted fans (7.0 out of 10 can't be a bad average...) it's still unfortunately maybe a slightly underrated movie - at least among professional critics. I haven't read Anne Rice's famous novel but it doesn't seem like the most logical vampire book to start with since I still haven't read Bram Stoker's "Dracula" either.
I've seen this movie couple of times and I have to admit that I enjoyed it very, very much. And why not? Tom Cruise was quite excellent as his rather unusual role of Lestat de Lioncourt and Brad Pitt was just brilliant like he normally is as Louis de Pointe du Lac. Antonio Banderas and Christian Slater were good too, can't deny it either. The story was dark, peculiar and it had some really twisted humor.
This hasn't got much to do with the actual film but being a big Guns n' roses fan "Interview with the vampire: The Vampire chronicles" has a special place in my heart. The Rolling stones cover we hear during the end credits ("Sympathy for the devil") was the last single Gn'R released with its good old line-up. This movie is one of the best vampire flicks. Not the best, though. Nothing can beat Roman Polanski's "Fearless vampire killers". But like I said, one of the finest of this genre.
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