The successful series of books called “The Vampire Chronicles,” authored by best-selling novelist Anne Rice, helped start the vampire renaissance. One of these books is “Interview with the Vampire,” which was made into a film in 1994. Like so many of the other films reviewed during this countdown to Halloween, it aimed to satisfy the larger movie-going public, not just fans of the horror genre.
The movie stars Brad Pitt as a cynical vampire, Louis. It begins in present day San Francisco when Louis meets a young interviewer played by Christian Slater, who wants to hear Louis’s life story. He first became a vampire in the late 1700s in Louisiana when he met Lestat, a vampire played by Tom Cruise. Louis soon finds he hates being a vampire. While Lestat has no problem drinking blood from humans, Louis does not like killing people, so he drinks blood from rats. One evening, Louis meets a pretty young orphan, Claudia, played by Kirsten Dunst. Soon after, Lestat turns her into a vampire, and the three of them become an unconventional family.
Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise are typically strong in the lead roles. But Kirsten Dunst steals the movie as Claudia. Her character is a memorable one because she has to live her whole life in the body of a little girl, which she hates.
The look of the movie is also great, creating Louisiana of the late 1700s/early 1800s. The houses, the roads, and everything else all seem very authentic.
All in all, this is a great vampire film, and it is appropriate to watch at Halloween time.
As mentioned in an earlier review, vampire costumes are a good choice for Halloween costumes. They would be good costumes for both men and women. Details can be found here.