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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>

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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?


Stephen Dorff was considered for the role of Daniel Malloy before Christian Slater was cast. Both would go on to co-star in Uwe Boll's video game adaptation Alone in the Dark (2005). See more »


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[first lines]
Louis: So you want me to tell you the story of my life?
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In Memory of River Phoenix 1970-1993 See more »


Referenced in A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King (2011) 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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Tom Cruise IS Lestat
26 December 1999 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

I, like Anne Rice, was initially dismayed that Tom Cruise had been cast as Lestat. But when I saw the film, I had to admit that he absolutely nailed the role. I had always thought of Cruise as a pretty boy, and not really a serious actor, especially since he failed in his attempt at a Streepian accent in "Far and Away". However, he perfectly portrayed Lestat for what he is, a monster with a monstrous ego. I think that this was the first film I had seen with Brad Pitt, followed shortly by "Legends of the Fall" so to me his acting credentials were impeccable, in spite of my female friends swooning over him. The rest of the cast was excellent as well, with the only minor quibble that Antonio Banderas was too old for the part of Armand. Kirsten Dunst was adorably evil. The cinematography was beautiful, considering that almost all of the film (of course) takes place at night. One note on the supposed "homo-eroticism" in the film. I have the advantage, having read Rice's books, so here is the deal on that. In Rice's world, the vampires are absolutely sexless. Therefore, gender has no meaning to them. When a vampire loves another, or a mortal, it is truly from the heart, as no sexuality of any kind ever enters into it. The only thing to them that is close, is the kill. Killing is highly "erotic" to vampires. However, this too is really asexual, and so again, gender has no bearing on the eroticism of the kill. I think that some elements of this, which apparently came across as homo-eroticism, were included in the screenplay just to emphasize how different, how non-human, that vampires are.

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Interview with A vampire ??? Anyone remember this as the real title? TodayIsTheDay94
Didn't it used to be Interview With "A" Vampire? A instead of THE? kati_hathor
Gotta do it! Cast Lestat and Louis CandeeCass22
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