Interview With The Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1994.  Geffen Pictures.Screenplay by , based on her novel.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Marvelous vampire horror film adapted by Anne Rice from her popular novel. A modern-day reporter () in San Francisco sits down with a 400 year-old vampire (Brad Pitt) and finds out about his entire life history, starting from when he was turned to the world of the undead by a villainous companion (Tom Cruise), through to his relationship with their vampire child () and the terrible secret that nearly doomed him to eternal damnation on earth. Neil Jordan’s lush direction is the highlight of this exciting melodrama, aided by a sturdy performance by Pitt as the lonely, charismatic Louis and Dunst’s preternatural intelligence as Claudia, the girl who ages without physical change. Despite marketing him as the film’s star, Cruise’s role is less weighty than you’d be led to believe; considering the amount of derision voiced by Rice at casting him in the role, he fares a lot better than one might expect. Sandy Powell contributes beautiful costumes. Followed in 2002 by Queen of the Damned.

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Art Direction; Best Original Score

Golden Globe Award Nominations:  Best Supporting Actress (Kirsten Dunst); Best Original Score

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