Movie - Interview with the Vampire
Release Date: 11 November 1994 (USA)
Tagline: Drink From Me And Live Forever
Runtime: 123 mins
Director: Neil Jordan
Producer: David Geffen, Stephen Woolley
Writer: Anne Rice (screenplay), Anne Rice (novel)
Scripts - Undated draft with possible deleted scenes and changed story
01: San Francisco
INT. ROOM - NIGHT (SAN FRANCISCO)
A small bare room, illuminated only by the streetlight
coming through the window.
A hand presses a cassette into a recorder and fiddles
with a small microphone.
Malloy sits over a table fiddling with the tape. He is
young, half-shaven, dressed in T-shirt and jeans. He
looks too -
LOUIS, who stands by the window, looking out on the
street, with his back to Malloy. Louis is dressed in an
So you want me to tell you the
story of my life...
That's what I do. I interview
people. I collect lives. F.M.
radio. F.F.R.C. I just interviewed
a genuine hero, a cop who -
You'd have to have a lot of tape
for my story. I've had a very
So much the better. I've got a
pocket full of tapes.
You followed me here, didn't you?
Saw you in the street outside. You
seemed interesting. Is this where
It's just a room...
So shall we begin?
What do you do?
I'm a vampire.
See? I knew you were interesting.
You mean this literally, I take it?
Absolutely. I was watching you
watching me. I was waiting for you
in that alleyway. And then you
began to speak.
Well, what a lucky break for me.
Perhaps lucky for both of us.
Still in shadow he turns from the window and approaches
I'll tell you my story. All of it.
I'd like to do that very much.
Malloy is uneasy as he studies the shadowy figure,
fascinated but afraid.
You were going to kill me? Drink my
Yes but you needn't worry about
that now. Things change.
Louis stands opposite, hand on the chair. Malloy is
You believe this, don't you? That
you're a vampire? You really
We can't begin this way. Let me
turn on the light.
But I thought vampires didn't like
We love it. I only wanted to
Louis pulls the chord of the overhead naked light bulb.
Appears inhumanly white, eyes glittering. Inhuman or
not alive. the effect is subtle, beautiful and ghastly.
He struggles to suppress fear and understand.
Don't be frightened. I want this
The light appears to go out by itself and suddenly
Louis is in the chair, dimly lit by the street-light
from the window. The cassette is turning.
How did you do that?
The same way you do it. A series of
simple gestures. Only I moved too
fast for you to see. I'm flesh and
blood, you see. But not human. I
haven't been human for two hundred
Malloy is speechless, frightened yet enthralled.
What can I do to put you at ease?
Shall we begin like David
Copperfield? I am born, I grow up.
Or shall we begin when I was born
to darkness, as I call it. That's
really where we should start, don't
You're not lying to me, are you?
Why should I lie? 1791 was the year
it happened. I was twenty-four -
younger than you are now.
But times were different then. I
was a man at that age. The master
of a large plantation just south of