JT Film Review

33 – Interview With the Vampire (1994)

Interview With the Vampire REVIEW

3.5/5 stars

Director – Neil Jordan

Cast – Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas, Kirsten Dunst, Christian Slater, Stephen Rae


interview_with_the_vampireAnn Rice’s best selling book comes to the big screen with Interview With The Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles. Controversy surrounded this movie, from Ann Rice herself denouncing the casting of Tom Cruise, then coming around after actually seeing the movie; to Oprah Winfrey blasting the film for it’s blood and gore (she left after only a few minutes.) And this is certainly a movie that would attract controversy, it features many gruesome scenes involving neck biting, and has a young girl (a vampire, so technically not young) in some fairly disturbing scenes. Yet despite that it managed to win me over.

Which is not to say that this movie does not contain some bad things. This was early in his career so Brad Pitt is well, awful. He does some of the worst acting I’ve seen outside of a Star Wars movie. Antonio Banderas isn’t that great either. The middle of the movie tends to get a bit muddled; and at some points, the movie gets a bit too melodramatic for its own good. However

Having said all that, the tone and atmosphere in this movie is pitch perfect. We get a grimy, gritty, beautiful New Orleans and Paris, both places that are perfect for the story. Tom Cruise as Lestat is perfect casting, though maybe once or twice he hams it up a bit. However, compared to Brad Pitt his performance is Oscar worthy. A young Kirsten Dunst is wonderful here, and offers up probably the best acting in the film. Christian Slater was cast in the role River Phoenix was originally going to take; he does a decent job playing the reporter interviewing Brad Pitts vampire.

interviewwiththevampireLestatandLouisThe story is very interesting, Brad Pitt’s Louis is cursed to walk the Earth eternally as a vampire; while most vampires seem to have a lack of human emotion and sympathy, he is different. He feels guilty when he kills humans, while his “mentor” Lestat feels positively orgasmic when he kills. The movie centers upon this relationship. It is a movie about the dilema of being a vampire, not a vampire love story or horror film. It takes a different approach, and that is ultimately what saves the movie from its bad acting and melodrama.


Its certainly a different movie, but one that is worth a watch. Try to ignore the bad acting and the occasional descent into gothic camp if you can. It would be worth it.



“Interview With the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles” on other websites:

IMDB —– Rotten Tomatoes —– Wikipedia



August 3, 2009 - Posted by | 3.5 Stars, Film Review, Genre - Fantasy, Year - 1990-1999 | , , , ,

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