Interview with the vampire - the Vampire Chronicles
AKA: Interview mit einem Vampire
1994, Color, 118 min
Stephen Wooley / David Geffen
Goldenthal, Joseph Haydn, Georg Friedrich Händel, Ludwig
de Pointe du Lac
in a hotel room an unusual man with long hair gives a young reporter
an interview. He reveals him that he was a vampire and more than
200 years old. He tells him of his eventful past, of his wife who
died in confinement, when he was only 25 and of the death-wish he
felt when he met the vampire Lestat, who made him one of his kind.
But he is disgusted by his existence as a vampire. He refuses to
kill men and lives on the blood of rats. Sometime they meet the
orphan Claudia, turn her into a vampire as well and from that moment
on they live as a kind of family, Claudia being Lestats clever student.
her heart is with Louis. Equipped with the experience of many decades
but imprisoned in the body of a little girl she becomes tired of
Leastat and for him live becomes difficult. Deceived by Claudias
insidiousness he soon goes up in flames. Louis, unsure what to do
but finally, dazzled by his love for Claudia disposes of Lestats
supposed body in a swamp and together with Claudia goes to Europe.
In Paris they meet a colony of Vampires under the leadership of
the strange Armand. In the beginning everything seems to be fine,
until the Paris vampires find out that Louis and Claudia committed
the worst crime possible for blood suckers: they killed one of their
kind. Claudia is burnt by the sunlight and Louis is immured alive.
Armand frees Armand, who driven by an unruly thirst for revenge
burns down the rest of the colony and puts everything into pieces
with a scythe. He parts with Armand.
years later, restlessly and lonely, he returns to New Orleans and
meets Lestat, vegetating in a ruin in reduced circumstances. He
could survive because he drank the blood of alligators in the swamp.
The reporter is fascinated by Louis' unusual live and wants to become
a vampire as well. Louis is disgusted by this idea and refuses....
but Lestat is also still "alive.
novel by Anne Rice, who could be convinced for enormous sums of
money to agree to the film version, and in the end was even responsible
for the screenplay, is the best-known and most popular Vampire novel
at present, nearly as legendary as "Dracula" itself. Neill
Jordans Film turned out somehow melancholic, what fits quite well.
Bratt Pitt and Tom Cruise both show high performances, we expected
from the one, and not at all from the other. Christians Slaters
role as reporter is also well-acted. Antonio Banderas as Armand
plays his part extremely well. But this guard of junior actors (who
are actually not that young anymore) is without any difficulty topped
by Kirsten Dunst, playing the role of Claudia. Looking like an angel
she can appear that evil.
sum it up: put into scene this gorgeously and equipped with great
actors "Interview with the Vampire" is the second important
vampire movie of the 90s. These vampires are different from old
Vlad Tepes. A second film would
be desirable, even if this is not quite probable. Having the same
quality it would surely delight many fans.