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RICE: I found what the characters in the vampire novels were looking for. They were groping in the darkness. They lived in a world without God. I found God. But that doesn't mean I have to be a supporting member of any organized religion.

Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire felirat ...

Although one of the characters in "Interview with the Vampire" begs to be transformed into a vampire, and eagerly awaits the doom of immortality, the movie never makes vampirism look like anything but an endless sadness. That is its greatest strength. Vampires throughout movie history have often chortled as if they'd gotten away with something. But the first great vampire movie, "Nosferatu" (1922), knew better, and so does this one.

The movie is true to the detailed vision that has informed all of Anne Rice's novels, and which owes much to the greater taste for realism which has crept into modern horror fiction. It is a film about what it might really be like to be a vampire. The title sets the tone, and in the opening scenes, set in San Francisco, the 200-year-old vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac (Brad Pitt) submits to an interview by a modern journalist (Christian Slater), just as any serial killer or terrorist bomber might sit down to talk to "60 Minutes." His story begins in the late 1700s, in New Orleans, that peculiar city where even today all things seem possible, and where, after losing his wife and daughter, he threw himself into a life of grief and debauchery. His path crossed that of the vampire Lestat (Tom Cruise), who transformed him into a vampire, and ever since he has wandered the world's great cities, feeding on the blood of his victims.

One of the creepier aspects of the story is the creation of the child vampire, Claudia, played by Kirsten Dunst, who is about 12 years old. The character was six in the novel, but even twice as old she is disturbing, trapped in her child's body as she ages, decade after decade. Dunst, perhaps with the help of Stan Winston's subtle makeup, is somehow able to convey the notion of great age inside apparent youth.

In Paris, Louis meets the vampires Armand (Antonio Banderas) and Santiago (Stephen Rea), and begins to understand he is a member of an international clandestine society. Vampires of course need regular supplies of fresh blood, and the details involving its procurement are dismaying to the creatures, who, to live, must constantly feed off the lives of others. Their sadness is manifest in Rice's screenplay and the moody direction by Neil Jordan ("The Crying Game"). Both Rice and Jordan take this subject, with its abundant possibilities for looking ridiculous, and play it as tragedy.

As was true with Cronos earlier this year, Interview with the Vampire makes some modifications to common vampire mythology (as made popular in Dracula and perpetuated in countless horror books and films). The fangs are still present, as are the insatiable bloodlust and fear of daylight, but no longer will religious trappings hold the undead at bay, and a stake through the heart has lost its effectiveness.

The film begins and ends in present-day San Francisco, with Louis (Brad Pitt), a two-century old vampire, telling his story to a fascinated interviewer (Christian Slater). His tale opens in 1791 Louisiana, just south of New Orleans, where Louis falls victim to the vampire Lestat (Tom Cruise). Given a choice between death and eternal life as one of the undead, Louis chooses the latter, a decision he will forever regret.

When Interview with the Vampire works, it's as compelling and engrossing a piece of entertainment as is available on film today. When it falters, the weaknesses seem magnified. Fortunately, under the care of director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game), instances of the former are more frequent that those of the latter, although the film noticeably stumbles during two key sequences (a needlessly drawn-out exploration of life as a vampire in Paris and the illogical, dumb conclusion). Despite the ups and downs of the second half, however, the first hour is classic horror at its most grotesque. In the best tradition of the Grand Guignol, Interview with the Vampire revels in its graphic and horrifying bloodiness.

Anne Rice's classic gothic horror novel, Interview with the Vampire tells how Louis de Pointe du Lac was turned into a vampire by the charismatic Lestat de Lioncourt in 19th-century New Orleans. While the plot for the new AMC series based on the book is still under wraps, given the source material, it's not difficult to speculate on specific plot points given the popularity of the source material.

Jacob Anderson is set to play Lestat's vampire fledgling and companion Louis de Pointe du Lac. Fans of HBO's popular fantasy series Game of Thrones will recognize Anderson as Grey Worm, the commander of the Unsullied; the army that Daenarys Targarayn enlists to help her in her quest to take the Iron Throne. Anderson's Grey Worm quickly became a fan favorite after he first appeared in Season 3 of Game of Thrones. Anderson became a series regular and stayed with HBO's hit series until the end.

Dracula haunts the streets of New Orleans during Mardi Gras, seeking Van Helsing's daughter, Mary, with whom he shares a telepathic link. Dracula 2000 features classic tropes from the Dracula tale, such as the Brides, vampire hunters, and a modern version of Lucy.

New Orleans is an old city known for jazz, delicious food, and a long history with close ties to the supernatural. The CW paranormal investigation show Mysteries Decoded traveled to New Orleans to explore one of the city's most infamous urban legends. In Season 1, Episode 8, "Vampires of New Orleans," the story of Jacques St. Germain, the alleged Vampire of New Orleans, is investigated. This episode of Mysteries Decoded also explores the vampire sub-culture and any scientific evidence that could prove vampires do exist.

After spending centuries in a sleep-like state, Lestat (Stuart Townsend) is awakened by the sound of modern rock music. Believing this is the way to get the attention he has always craved, Lestat soon becomes one of the most famous rock stars in the world; however, his music awakens Akasha, the mother of all vampires. Akasha (Aaliyah) seeks to make Lestat her king so that she can rebuild the empire she once ruled over in Ancient Egypt, with vampires having dominion over mortals.

Neil Jordan's 1994 film Interview with the Vampire took Anne Rice's classic novel and brought it to the big screen. Starring Tom Cruise as Lestat de Lioncourt and Brad Pitt as Louis de Pointe du Lac, Interview with the Vampire is told from Louis's point of view, just like in the novel, covering his mortal days through the years he spent with Lestat and their child turned vampire, Claudia (Kristen Dunst), in 18th-19th centuries.

Outside of the US, this one is unfortunately not available at the time of writing. Usually AMC originals show up via the AMC Channel with BT but Interview With The Vampire is not on the roster of shows making its jump across the pond. 041b061a72


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