• Publication date: August 4, 2013

Interview with the Vampire

A young reporter seems to have nailed the interview of a lifetime- his subject? Louis, a 200-year-old vampire that is willing to bare all. How he was transformed into a vampire after the death of his wife and child, and how this ancient vampire called Lestat manipulated him to have a 'partner-in-crime' for the countless years of their immortal nocturnal existence. How Lestat created Claudia, a child-vampire to be their daughter and ensure that Louis would never leave. Then how Louis and Claudia crossed the ocean to the 'Old World' in Europe, looking for other vampires that may help them understand the meaning of it all...

Program data

Duration: 120

Production Year: 1994

MBC Max:

August 27, 2014 22:00 (KSA) ~ August 27, 2014 21:00 (CLT)

Staying mostly true to Anne Rice's best-selling novel that was based on a 30-page short story she had written years earlier, director Neil Jordan creates a chilling atmosphere beginning  in 18-th century New Orleans and spanning to the present day.

The young reporter that landed this most-unexpected interview, was set to be played by Hollywood heartthrob River Phoenix, yet his untimely demise saw the character of Malloy played by Christian Slater instead.

The picture starts with an elegant Louis de Pointe du Lac (Brad Pitt) sat opposite Daniel Malloy (Slater), as Malloy turns on his tape-recorder and asks Louis to start at the beginning.

"So you want me to tell you the story of my life?" and so it commences...

It begins in 1971 with Louis 24, and a plantation-owner, wishing for death after his wife passed away during childbirth. Living an endless drunken stupor in a bid to forget his pain, Louis exits a tavern with a prostitute on his arm, who leads him to the docks where her pimp is waiting and threatens Louis with a knife. Lestat (Tom Cruise) who had been watching the suicidal Louis in the tavern, appears out of nowhere and kills both the prostitute and her pimp, and then turning to Louis he offers him death, yet at that instant Louis voices his wish to live. Somehow ailing and inexplicably getting more feeble by the day since his encounter on the docks, Louis is shocked to see Lestat enter his bedroom to offer him immortality by being born as a vampire. Louis accepts, and thus begins a journey of 200 years which will take him through the darkest corners of America, as well as a search for others of his kind in the olden world of Europe...

Throughout his interview Louis hopes to point out to the young reporter what a desolate and dark existence he has chosen by not being brave enough to accept death when his time came. Yet all the young reporter seems to see is the majestic power and limitless potential that comes with the transformation from the perishable mortal body to the immortal consciousness of the vampire.  Will the reporter see the light of sense in Louis' story?

Starring:

  • Brad Pitt
  • Tom Cruise
  • Antonio Banderas
  • Christian Slater
  • Kirsten Dunst
  • Stephen Rea

Directed by:  Neil Jordan

Rating:  R for vampire violence and gore, and some sexuality.