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Interview with the Vampire (full title: Interview With The Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles) is a 1994 film, based on the 1976 novel Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice, the first in her The Vampire Chronicles series. The film was directed by Neil Jordan, and stars Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas, and Kirsten Dunst. It was a box office hit, generating a little over $100 million in domestic receipts.

The movie's framing story centers on a newspaper reporter named Molloy (played by Christian Slater), interviewing a man named Louis (Brad Pitt) who claims to be a vampire. Molloy is unconvinced of Louis' claim until his subject displays feats of inhuman speed. He agrees to interview Louis, who then relates his previous life as a noble, and subsequent unlife as a vampire, turned by Lestat (Tom Cruise[1]).

Although Lestat teaches his pupil the ways of vampires and how to hunt mortals for their blood, at first Louis resists his vampire urges, preferring to prey on rats and other animals rather than biting humans, but finally succumbs to his appetites, biting and killing his housemaid. Afterwards, Louis attempts to kill himself by burning down his estate, but Lestat drags him out and they escape to New Orleans, renting an apartment together.

While Louis continues to be wracked with guilt at his own urges, Lestat has embraced his nature, even taunting Louis by turning a young child named Claudia (Kirsten Dunst) into a vampire so Louis will never leave him. Like any great domestic drama, things only get worse from here...


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  1. who many people suspected might not be the best choice to play Lestat but surprised most viewers when his performance turned out to be one of the best in the film - if not the best
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