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Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)

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A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger.



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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 22 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Virginia McCollam ...
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Lee E. Scharfstein ...
Widow's Lover (as Lee Emery)
Indra Ové ...
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 | 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 USA:

$36,389,705, 13 November 1994

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lestat tells Louis that eating rats is a good way to stay alive if you're "in a ship for a month at sea." This is a reference to Bram Stoker's novel Dracula, in which Dracula hides on a ship belowdecks and survives by eating rats until he can arrive in London. See more »


After Louis becomes a vampire, his reflection is visible in a puddle of water in the cemetery: Although in Vampire mythology it is said that a Vampire cannot see his/her reflection, it is clear that in this adaptation a Vampire can see his/her reflection (In addition to the puddle, Claudia looks in the mirror after she has cut her hair and sees her reflection) See more »


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

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Sonata in E Flat Adagio E Cantabile
Written by Franz Joseph Haydn
Adapted by George Fenton
Performed by Joanna Leach
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User Reviews

Ornate, lushly filmed horror, with erotic overtones
22 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

Now that some time has passed, Neil Jordon's beautiful work can be watched without obsessing so much over the stars who were involved. 'Interview' is an extravagant assault on the senses, filled with beauty, erotic and graphic violence, and wonderful, at times poetic dialog. To be sure, this is a Hollywood production, but with director Neil Jordon in charge, the film possesses that special "arthouse" film look, with many scenes being too strange and dark to come across as typical Hollywood. Pitt is fine as Louis, the centuries-old vampire who recounts his sad and fascinating history to a nameless "interviewer", played a bit too light by Christian Slater. If you dislike Tom Cruise and his films, as i do, you should not let his participation in the film dissuade you from seeing this; As the sinister Lestat, Cruise is barely recognizable, and gives here, what might be his finest performance. Obviously due to the subject matter, 'Interview' is a relentlessly dark film. There are a few short scenes of daylight in the beginning, until Louis is transformed. Then begins his life of eternal darkness. When I saw this in the theater, the effect of sitting in a darkened room watching a film that takes place entirely at night, really felt strange. Coming out of the theater I felt as though I had been away from the real world for a long time. Jordon's aesthetic vision, supported for once by the huge Hollywood budget, insured that "Interview" looks gorgeous. The plantation that is Louis' first home, and then the Paris apartment are filled with exquisite antiques, ornate furnishings, gold framed mirrors, lace and velvet four-poster beds, etc, transporting the viewer into the 18th and 19th centuries, and lends an extra level of decadence to the lifestyle of these vampires. The costumes as well are breath-taking, and accurate to the time. The finest thing about this production though, is the beautiful, doll-like Claudia, the child-vampire, played by Kirsten Dunst. It is always terrifying and strange when a child is cast in such an evil role. Claudia's thirst for blood exceeds that of Lestat himself, and her total lack of remorse for the people she kills is the most haunting and disturbing thing about this. The approach to her character was very un-Hollywood, thankfully. Anne Rice's book evokes feelings of loneliness and a profound sadness, and those feelings translate well into Jordans film. "Interview With the Vampire" is a very special, and at times superb cinematic delight, that was not ruined by it's over-exposed stars and commercialism. And those that love Gothic horror and period films should see this, and ignore it's Hollywood origins.

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