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Interview with the Vampire: the Vampire Chronicles

  • Fantasy
  • Horror
  • 1994
  • Neil Jordan
  • 117 mins
  • 18


Horror based on the novel by Anne Rice, starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Antonio Banderas. Present-day San Francisco: while being interviewed by journalist Daniel Malloy, vampire Louis tells of his life as a plantation owner in the 18th century, when, falling into depression after his wife and child die, he meets vampire Lestat who offers him the chance of eternal life.

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A star rating of 3 out of 5.

John Travolta hoped to star in it to shatter his Grease image, and Elton John was even asked to turn it into a Broadway musical, but when this highly anticipated movie version of Anne Rice's cult novel finally came to the screen it was a decidedly anaemic affair. All sumptuously dressed up with nowhere really interesting to go, director Neil Jordan's lavish adaptation is a stylised horror tale that lacks the emotional depth and jet-black darkness of the doom-laden tome. Too many other similar ideas have since come down the undead path, seriously undermining this stark vision of the hellish torture of being cursed to live for ever. Still, Tom Cruise is fine as the vampire Lestat, whose close relationship with handsome Brad Pitt forms an erotic twist on the Dracula legend. Kirsten Dunst impresses as the child adopted by the pair, but it's Antonio Banderas who gives the most full-blooded performance as the bisexual Armand. This is a beautifully mounted production that's low on divine decadence and Rice's celebrated charnel house morbidity, but high on glossy Grand Guignol and evocative elegance.



Lestat de LioncourtTom Cruise
Louis Pointe du LacBrad Pitt
ArmandAntonio Banderas
SantiagoStephen Rea
Daniel MalloyChristian Slater
ClaudiaKirsten Dunst
MadeleineDomiziana Giordano
YvetteThandiwe Newton
Prostitute on waterfrontVirginia McCollam
GamblerJohn McConnell
PimpMike Seelig
Tavern girlBellina Logan
Widow St ClairLyla Hay Owen
Widow's loverLee Emery
New Orleans prostituteIndra Ove
New Orleans prostituteHelen McCrory


DirectorNeil Jordan


Theatrical distributor
Warner Brothers
Released on
English | French
Contains violence and nudity.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray

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