Michael Delahoyde, PhD

Professor of English

Interview With the Vampire

INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE (1994)

Notes:
Starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Christian Slater, Kirsten Dunst,Antonio Banderas.


Summary: Louis, a vampire with a conscience, tells hisundead life story to a San Francisco reporter. He chronicleshis exploits with the hedonistic Lestat and the tragic woman-childClaudia. Will Louis ever find peace as a member of the eternallyundead?


Commentary:
Dialogue: Lots of touchy-feely soul-searching injectslifeblood into the story.
Vampires: Traditional or Not? These vampires are as Victorianas they come. While most of their characteristics follow thetraditional Bram Stoker mold, each of these vampires has a distinctpersonality.
Vampires: Physical appeal? YES, YES, YES!!!! Louis’ssoulful gaze and sensitive lower lip attract many appealinglybuxom female victims.
Gore Factor: Lots of blood, slayings, and burnings makethis movie a slasher with brains. Interesting note: vampiresdo indeed possess internal organs.
Scariness/Suspense: This movie is more a bloody vampiresoap opera than a horror flick.
Target Audience: Brad Pitt and Anne Rice fans, line up!


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