Interview with the Vampire

Interview with the Vampire

4.5 105
Director: Neil Jordan

Cast: Neil Jordan, Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas

     
 

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Anne Rice's best-selling romantic horror tale about the origins of a centuries-old vampire inspired this popular, atmospheric chiller. One of director Neil Jordan's major Hollywood productions, the film stays close to its source material, retaining the frame of a young reporter (Christian Slater) interviewing a man who claims to be a 200-year-old vampire. The man,… See more details below

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Anne Rice's best-selling romantic horror tale about the origins of a centuries-old vampire inspired this popular, atmospheric chiller. One of director Neil Jordan's major Hollywood productions, the film stays close to its source material, retaining the frame of a young reporter (Christian Slater) interviewing a man who claims to be a 200-year-old vampire. The man, Louis (Brad Pitt), shares his story, beginning in 18th-century New Orleans with his first encounters with the charismatic and decadent vampire Lestat (Tom Cruise). Lestat converts Louis to blood-sucking and immortality, but Louis fails to adopt Lestat's cavalier attitude, instead tormenting himself with guilt over his new nature. The two vampires remain deeply, if reluctantly, connected over the years, while becoming intimately involved with others of their kind, including Claudia (Kirsten Dunst), a mature immortal in a young child's body. Fans of the novel raised numerous objections, particularly after Rice initially spoke out against the casting of Cruise as Lestat; further casting difficulties followed the death of River Phoenix, whose role as the interviewer was assumed by Christian Slater. Rice later recanted her objections, and the combination of thrills and gothic romance proved popular with audiences.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This sumptuously mounted adaptation of Anne Rice's bestselling novel brings her most intriguing character, the vampire Lestat, to life in the person of matinee idol Tom Cruise. Rice partisans initially balked upon hearing that Cruise had been cast, but his charismatic presence strengthened the picture and disarmed most of his critics. Brad Pitt plays Louis, a sensitive young man who reveals to a reporter (Christian Slater) the story of his troubled, 200-year existence as a vampire, beginning with his induction into that unnatural fraternity by the courtly Lestat. The film, which travels to Europe and back over the course of centuries, is most compelling in its exploration of the alternative family formed by Lestat, Louis, and child vampire, Claudia (Kirsten Dunst in an impressive performance). As directed by Neil Jordan (The Crying Game), Interview is slow going at times, but it features a terrific cast and possesses an eerily hypnotic quality that will appeal to horror-movie lovers in general and Rice fans in particular.
All Movie Guide
The flap over whether Tom Cruise could pull off a blonde, long-haired vampire, about as far afield from anything he'd done as you can get, proved to be justified, but the miscasting is only one of the flaws of this intermittently pleasurable, but ultimately frustrating film. Cruise can't be blamed for giving anything less than his all, but a more European, Victorian actor (Daniel Day-Lewis had been mentioned) would have been a smarter translation of Anne Rice's seductive antihero. Brad Pitt compounds things by moping for much of the movie, bringing the number of charismatic actors misused by director Neil Jordan to two. What Jordan gets right is the gothic wantonness and moldering grandeur of old-world New Orleans, which becomes a character in itself through the Oscar-nominated art direction. The subculture of blood-sucking socialites is truly eerie, and the violence is more raw and grisly than was permissible in a stylized outing like Bram Stoker's Dracula. Making as big an impact as anything is 11-year-old Kirsten Dunst, in her Golden Globe-nominated breakthrough, thirstier for blood than most movie children get to be. Because of such heavy R-rated subject matter, audiences were divided on Interview With the Vampire depending on what they could tolerate. The only mediocre success of what could have been a franchise suggests that there is something untranslatable about Rice's stylish prose, which may also shed light on the slow crawl of her other novels toward the big screen.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/27/2010
UPC:
0883929146017
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:02:00
Sales rank:
13,515

Special Features

Behind-the-scenes documentary In the Shadow of the Vampire, featuring interviews with the film's stars and creators; Audio commentary by director Neil Jordan; Introduction by Anne Rice, Neil Jordan and Antonio Banderas; Production notes; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Cruise Lestat
Brad Pitt Louis
Antonio Banderas Armand
Stephen Rea Santiago
Christian Slater Malloy
Kirsten Dunst Claudia
Domiziana Giordano Madeleine
Thandie Newton Yvette
Indra Ové New Orleans Whore
Laure Marsac Mortal Woman on Stage
Micha Bergese Paris Vampire
Katia Caballero Woman in Audience
Susie Figgis Actor
Marcel Iures Paris Vampire
George Kelly Dollmaker
Jeanette Kontomitras Woman in Square
Bellina Logan Tavern Girl
Susan Lynch Paris Vampire
John McConnell Gambler
Helen McCrory 2nd New Orleans Whore
Monte Montague Plague Victim Bearer
Lyla Kay Owen Widow St. Clair
Roger Lloyd Pack Piano Teacher
Miranda Richardson Actor
Sarah Stockbridge Estelle
Juliet Taylor Actor
Andrew Tiernan Paris Vampire

Technical Credits
Neil Jordan Director,Screenwriter
Mick Audsley Editor
Michele Burke Makeup
Joseph R. Burns Asst. Director
Patrick Clayton Asst. Director
Michael Cristofer Screenwriter
Yves de Bono Special Effects
Nick Dudman Makeup
George Fenton Score Composer
Dante Ferretti Production Designer
Susie Figgis Casting
Stella Furner Set Decoration/Design
David Geffen Producer
Elliot Goldenthal Score Composer
Jean-Michel Hugon Art Director
Monroe Kelly Set Decoration/Design
Rob Legato Special Effects
Malcolm Middleton Art Director
Sarah Monzani Makeup
Redmond Morris Co-producer
Sandy Powell Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephen Woolley Producer
Anne Rice Screenwriter
Morag Ross Makeup
Philippe Rousselot Cinematographer
Francesca Lo Schiavo Set Decoration/Design
Michael Stevenson Asst. Director
Juliet Taylor Casting
Jim Tocci Art Director
Alan Tomkins Art Director
Joke Van Wijk Editor
Stan Winston Makeup
Clive Winter Sound/Sound Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Interview with the Vampire
1. Credits [3:00]
2. Another Life [2:49]
3. Invitation to Death [3:39]
4. Louis' Last Sunrise [1:53]
5. Goodbye to the Light [4:53]
6. Getting Used to Killing [4:15]
7. A Cursed Place Burns [3:48]
8. "Take Her, Louis!" [6:29]
9. Claudia [5:23]
10. Lestat's Gift [4:35]
11. "You Make Us..." [4:48]
12. "Good Night..." [4:36]
13. Trail of Vulgar... [6:23]
14. Alive Again in Paris [7:26]
15. Santiago and Armand [2:34]
16. Stage Spectacle of Death [2:12]
17. The Source of Evil [1:33]
18. Crime Among Us Vampires [1:02]
19. Letting Go? [:47]
20. Stamina For Immortality [1:51]
21. A Mother For Claudia [5:32]
22. A Mob of the Undead [4:11]
23. Burned by the Light [:35]
24. Merciless Revenge [1:19]
25. A Lesson... [4:17]
26. Back to the World [4:04]
27. The Scent of Death [2:10]
28. "Do You Like Dying?" [2:11]
29. Interviewer's Passenger [1:57]

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