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Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)

R  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Horror  |  11 November 1994 (USA)
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A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Virginia McCollam ...
John McConnell ...
Mike Seelig ...
Tavern Girl
Lyla Hay Owen ...
Widow St. Clair
Lee E. Scharfstein ...
Widow's Lover (as Lee Emery)
New Orleans Whore (as Indra Ove)
2nd Whore
Monte Montague ...
Plague Victim Bearer
Nathalie Bloch-Lainé ...
Maid (as Nathalie Bloch)


It hasn't even been a year since a plantation owner named Louis 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 <VincentVga@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Drink From Me And Live Forever


Drama | Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for vampire violence and gore, and for sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 November 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Interview with the Vampire  »

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,334,399 (UK) (20 January 1995)


$186,287 (Czech Republic)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Author Anne Rice met with Tom Hanks to take the part of Lestat after seeing his performance in "Philadelphia" (1993), but Hanks turned down the part in order to star in "Forrest Gump" (1994). See more »


In the scene where Lestat is filling the wine glass with a rat, it is obvious that the rat is fake. See more »


[first lines]
Louis: So you want me to tell you the story of my life?
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Crazy Credits

In Memory of River Phoenix 1970-1993 See more »


Referenced in Bowfinger (1999) See more »


Sympathy for the Devil
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Published by ABKCO Music, Inc.
Performed by Guns N' Roses
Courtesy of Geffen Records
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User Reviews

highly underrated, often over-looked
23 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When you ask someone to name the best movies to come out of the early-mid 90's, not many people would mention this movie. That's too bad.

It isn't American Beauty deep, but the film presents real human emotions through the surreal notion of vampires. Cinematography, set design, and score are top notch. It doesn't look dated at all, particularly in this day in age of CG, blue screen galore.

The acting....i hate to admit, because i'm not by any means a brad pitt or tom cruise fan....is pretty darn good. This was the first film I saw tom cruise in and thought (gee...the pretty boy can act), the other coming to mind being Magnolia. Brad Pitt isn't as great, but holds his own and it's a quiet, somber Brad Pitt, which is a good change to the normally twitchy, over-the- top characters he portrays (fight club, 12 monkeys, ocean's 11....even se7en to a certain extent). and of course.....kirsten dunst....who's best role in her career is this film.

I haven't read the book, so i am writing purely on the film. Apparent by the other reviews here, there are people who really like this movie. It's a shame that more people haven't given this movie a chance.

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