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Before the new deal: The two movies based on Anne Rice's vampires

Dunst as "Claudia"
Dunst as "Claudia" Alpha Coders/Warner Bros.

Recently in the news it was said that Anne Rice's "Vampire Chronicles" were being made into movies. This is great news for fans of her and maybe the movies will make new fans especially get people to read the books. It's a beloved vampire series that first started in the late 1970s and now a new one is coming out this October. Well there have been two movies already based off of her Vampire novels, one was based on her first, "Interview with the Vampire," and the other was based on her third book, "Queen of the Damned."

Well this article is going to briefly look at them and how they rate up with critics, who directed them, who starred in the movie, and so on.

Let's begin with the first movie:

"Interview with the Vampire"

  • "Interview with the Vampire" was released in 1994.
  • Based on Anne Rice's debut book and the first of the Chronicles. It was the story of Louis and it introduces two main vampires in the series, Lestat and Armand.
  • The movie starred Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst, Christian Slater, Antonio Banderas, and Stephen Rea.
  • Neil Jordan directed the movie, he's known for such movies as "The Crying Game."
  • Currently the movie has a 7.6 out of 10 on the movie site, IMDb with ‎201,597 votes.
  • Rotten Tomatoes with critics at the moment gave the movie a 61%.
  • The audience on Rotten Tomatoes at the moment gave the movie a 86%.
  • The movie was nominated for two Oscars, Best Art Direction and Best Original Score.
  • Kirsten Dunst was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her role as the child vampire, Claudia.

Now to the second movie:

"Queen of the Damned"

  • "Queen of the Damned" was released in 2002.
  • It was very loosely based on Anne Rice's third book "Queen of the Damned," which it also has some elements from her second book "The Vampire Lestat." Both sources are very loosely based on her works.
  • Stuart Townsend was Lestat in the movie.
  • Others that starred in the movie were international star Vincent Perez, Aaliyah, Paul McGann, and Marguerite Moreau.
  • Michael Rymer directed the movie.
  • The movie holds a 5.2 out of 10 on IMDb at the moment with ‎37,689 votes.
  • Critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave "Queen of the Damned," a 17% and 107 'Rotten' votes.
  • The audience on Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 67% with 259, 102 votes.
  • It made $30.3 million at the box office.

So that's just an overview of the two movies that were already based on Rice's vampire works before the new deal with Universal.