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5.0 out of 5 stars
A story to get you teeth into., 19 Jun 2001
I read the Vampire Chronicles during the early 90's and watched 'Interview with the Vampire' fully expecting to be disappointed by another book to film. Thankfully the atmosphere, which was so crucial to the storytelling in the book has continued in the movie largely due to Anne Rice's screenplay and Neil Jordon's direction.
Although Brad Pitt is somwhat flat as Louis, the movie is driven by Tom Cruise as Lestat and the introduction of the excellent Kirsten Dunst as Claudia.
The story moves from San Francisco to New Orleans, and to Paris as Louis and Claudia travel in search of other kindred spirits. The movie is filled with action, humour and violence which results in it becoming more thriller than horror,a pleasant change from previous starchy Vampire films.
Armand (Antonio Banderas) is introduced in one of the more disturbing scenes in the film, at the Theatre of Vampires in Paris, and acts as the teacher Louis desparately needs, but one that Claudia immediately fears. The story moves back to San Francisco with an ending significantly different from the books, but leaving options open for a sequel.
The film is a beautiful and atmospheric conversion from the book and is acted expertly by the majority of the actors. I hope in time the same production team can unite to work on a film version of 'The Vampire Lestat'