Retro Play: Interview With The Vampire
Anne Rice dominated the adult paranormal world in the 80’s and 90’s. She helped mold the ideal vampire tales (at least until Twilight) and so it was a no brainier for the movie adaptation of Interview With The Vampire to come in at some point.
Before brooding Edward, we had truly sad vampires. We say that with a strange sense of nostalgia and happiness. Why? Because that’s what the movie did. It didn’t glorify the life of a vampire, but showed just how utterly depressing and sorrowful it is. Sure, we get that vampires are “wicked” cool, and they are, but being immortal isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Part of this vampire template that Anne Rice helped to create, which is still very adamant in today’s vampire literature, is a strong impulse to go for realism.
What would it be like, truly, to be a vampire? That question is answered in San Francisco when a 200 year old vampire named Louis de Pointe du Lac is interviewed by a journalist. This realistic element feels like watching Dateline.
The backstory starts in New Orleans in the 1700s. The vampire had lost his wife and child and therefore he hurled himself into immortality after he was transformed by the Vampire Lestat.
Although it’s now more common, one of the aspects that made Interview with the Vampire interesting was its unflinching portrayal of the sexual fluid nature of vampires. Lestat seduces du Lac in this nature and thus starts the story imbued with the turmoil of immortality and intrigue.
Interview with the Vampire contains grade A performances from Christian Slater, Tom Cruise, and Brad Pitt. The one who steals the show however is Kirsten Dunst who convincingly played a twelve year old vampire — well a vampire trapped in a twelve year old body.
With such a stellar cast, one would wonder why it seems like Hollywood would want to make a reboot of the movie, but that’s exactly what’s going on.
Writer and director Josh Boone posted a photo of the new script’s cover page on his Instagram not too long ago. The questions to how it will come to fruition are still in the air. Can it outdo the previous movie? Should we be excited or mortified? What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.