Movie - Interview with the Vampire


Release Date: 11 November 1994 (USA)
Genre: Horror
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
04 - Training Louis, Act 1
07 - Training Louis, Act 3
10 - Training Claudia, Act 1
13 - Lestat's Vengence
16 - Teaching By Armand, Act 1
19 - Louis's Vengence
02 - Meeting Lestat
05 - Training Louis, Act 2
08 - Meeting Claudia
11 - Training Claudia, Act 2
14 - Meeting Armand
17 - Madeline Becomes A Vampire
20 - Meeting Lestat
03 - Louis Becomes A Vampire
06 - Louis's Rebellion
09 - Claudia Becomes A Vampire
12 - Claudia's Rebellion
15 - Theatre des Vampires
18 - Lestat's Return



10: Training Claudia, Act 1


EXT. NEW SPANISH TOWNHOUSE - (RUE ROYALE, NEW ORLEANS)
Two husky movers bring in furniture through the back courtyard, past the fountain and the banana trees, up the back stairs and into -

INT. FLAT

Striped wallpaper gives way to flowers in the bedrooms. Huge four-poster beds in the bedrooms, and large chests, as big as coffins standing against the wall. Everywhere there are candles and pretty Louis XVI furniture. Lestat gives instructions to the movers.

WE MOVE INTO A DIMLY LIT PARLOUR

We see Claudia draped in lace standing on a petit point chair as a DRESSMAKER measure out a garment.

Louis can be seen, in an inner room.

DRESSMAKER
Monsieur, I need more light. I shall go slind if you do not bring me a lamp, or let me fit this child during the day. Ouch!

She has pricked her hand. A spot of blood appears on her finger Claudia takes her hand.

CLAUDIA
Let me kiss it better...

Claudia brings the hand to her lips. The dressmaker abruptly pulls her finger away, in pain again.

CLOSEUP - her finger, two holes showing.

LOUIS (V.O.)
A little child she was, but also a fierce killer, now capable of the ruthless pursuit of blood with all a child's demanding.

Lestat walks through - sees the dressmaker lying dead at Claudia's feet, Claudia still on the chair in the half-finished dress.

LESTAT
Claudia, Claudia, will you never learn? Who will we get now to finish your dress? A little practicality, cherie...

INT. LOUIS' BEDROOM - NIGHT

LOUIS (V.O.)
She would sleep in my coffin, daily, curl her child's fingers round my hair as she dreamt of I know not what...

Claudia and Louis, sleeping in a coffin together, Claudia's fingers curling his hair.

INT. CLAUDIA'S BEDROOM
Claudia playing with dolls, each as perfect and beautifully dressed as she is.

LOUIS (V.O.)
Mute and beautiful, she played with dolls, dressing them and undressing them by the hour.

INT. PARLOUR - NIGHT

Claudia tinkling with her child's hands on the piano, picking out a hesitant tune.

LOUIS (V.O.)
Mute and beautiful, she killed. And to watch her kill was chilling.

EXT. SQUARE - NIGHT
The tinkling of Claudia's piano is heard, over -

A well-dressed lady, walking through a square lit by gaslight. The lady hears a child's sobbing and stops, turns.

POV
Claudia, the picture of lost innocence, sitting on a bench and crying.

WOMAN
Why are you crying, child?

The woman, all solicitude, goes to Claudia.

WOMAN
Are you lost, my love?

CLAUDIA
Mama...

WOMAN
Hush now, don't cry, We'll find her...

CLAUDIA
Mama...

The woman takes Claudia in her arms. Claudia nestles her head in her shoulder, her teeth near her neck.

LOUIS (V.O.)
They found death fast in those days, before she learnt to play with the, to delay the moment till she had taken what she wanted...

INT. PARLOUR - NIGHT

A stern, stiff PIANO-TEACHER (male) beating time with a ruler as Claudia picks out scales on the piano. He raps her on the knuckles.

PIANO-TEACHER
The thumb girl! Mind the thumb!

Claudia glares at him, then returns to playing, improving rapidly.

INT. DOLL-SHOP - NIGHT

Piano music over. Mozart, now well played.

Claudia staring at a glass case, inside of which are an array of eighteenth century dolls. An old DOLLMAKER looks down on her.

DOLLMAKER
They are expensive, my dear. Maybe too expensive for a young girl like you...

EXT. STREET - NIGHT
Claudia walking along, clutching the doll.

INT. DOLL-SHOP - NIGHT

The dollmaker lying dead, two puncture marks in his throat, his dolls scattered all around him.

EXT. UNDERTAKER'S - NIGHT

Claudia and Louis looking through the window at a display of coffins. Claudia point at the smallest one.

LOUIS (V.O.)
She grew, yet stayed the same. She wanted a bed of her own, yet would climb back into mine.

INT. CLAUDIA'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
The child's coffin on the floor. The lid lifts. Claudia emerges, yawning, wanders through the flat into -

LOUIS' BEDROOM
Where his coffin sits. She slides the lid off, and curls in beside him.

INT. PARLOUR - NIGHT
Claudia playing the piano, now with remarkable dexterity. The piano-teacher sits mute beside her. As she plays, he topples over and falls to the ground. We see the puncture-marks in his neck. Lestat, hearing the noise, comes in.

LESTAT
Claudia, Claudia! Didn't I tell you, never in the house!

Claudia smiles to herself, keeps playing.

INT. CLAUDIA'S BEDROOM - NIGHT

CANARIES sing in a cage, above a child's coffin.

Claudia is writing at a secretaire. She is writing in a diary with a quill pen in an adult hand. She murmurs the date as she writes.

CLAUDIA
September 21st, one hour after sunset. The sky is still violet, the way Louis loves and as always Lestat was gone when we rose.

She looks up and sees Louis in the doorway, watching her.

LOUIS
How did you learn to write, Claudia?

CLAUDIA
The way I learn everything. By watching you.

She closes the diary.

CLAUDIA
But you never let me see you kill, Louis.

LOUIS
Lestat taught you all you need to know about that.

CLAUDIA
Infant death, he calls me. Sweet daughter death. You know what he calls you? Merciful death.

LOUIS
He jests.

CLAUDIA
Why does he call you that?

LOUIS
Hush, Claudia don't talk about such things. Show me your book.

She opens it. Inside there is a beautiful pen and ink portrait of Louis.

LOUIS
Claudia! You did that?

CLAUDIA
Sit still. It's not finished -

She begins to fill in the sketch.

LOUIS (V.O.)
Time can pass fast for mortals when they're happy. With us it was the same.

EXT. RUE ROYALE - NIGHT (1800'S)
Street lamps are oil at this period. Houses are now tall two-story Spanish style. Streets are flagstone. Passing carriages are black.

LOUIS (V.O.)
It was a very different life. And a new century was beginning. what had once been a small godforsaken French colony was growing into a great port, giving us an endless train of magnificent strangers...

Claudia, Louis and Lestat, dressed in the same clothes walking through a raucous carnival with sideshows. Crowd milling around, sailors, whores, children, thieves, freed slaves, Indians.

LESTAT
Ah. What I wouldn't give for a drop of good old-fashioned Creole blood.

LOUIS
Yankees are not your taste?

LESTAT
Their democratic flavor doesn't suit my palate, Louie.

CREOLE
(Singing)

LESTAT
Now that is pure Creole, trust Claudie to have found her. What, don't you want her?

CLAUDIA
I want to be her. Can I Louie? Be like her one day.

LESTAT
Oh, Mon Dieu! More melancholy nonsense, I swear you grow more like Louie every day. Soon you'll be eating rats.

CLAUDIA
Rats? When did you eat rat's Louie?

LOUIS
It was a long long time ago, before you where born (Slurp) And I don't recommend them.

They pass a Wild West display, jugglers, fire-eaters, three-card tricksters...

LOUIS (V.O.)
All human life was here, for the taking. And we took, all three of us, in our different ways...

They come to a raised platform where a troupe of perfectly-formed midgets do a burlesque show.

Claudia stops. She stares, at these small, perfect creatures like herself, intrigued and troubled.

Louis and Lestat walk on, not noticing as -

CLAUDIA
Circles the troupe. She comes to a small tent, behind it. At the entrance stands a midget youth.

YOUTH
You want to come inside, lovely?

Claudia walks up to him.

YOUTH
Ever been kissed?

Claudia shakes her head. He kisses her. Claudia allow her to be kissed, then bites his tongue. he youth struggles, as Claudia holds him and drains him. She lets him go as Louis appears behind her.

CLAUDIA
She's like me, Louis. Small and yet not small at all. Like me.

Louis hurriedly draws her away.
LOUIS (V.O.)
I watched her grow yet stay the same, her doll-like face possessed of adult eyes, eerie, powerful, seductive...




01 - San Francisco
04 - Training Louis, Act 1
07 - Training Louis, Act 3
10 - Training Claudia, Act 1
13 - Lestat's Vengence
16 - Teaching By Armand, Act 1
19 - Louis's Vengence
02 - Meeting Lestat
05 - Training Louis, Act 2
08 - Meeting Claudia
11 - Training Claudia, Act 2
14 - Meeting Armand
17 - Madeline Becomes A Vampire
20 - Meeting Lestat
03 - Louis Becomes A Vampire
06 - Louis's Rebellion
09 - Claudia Becomes A Vampire
12 - Claudia's Rebellion
15 - Theatre des Vampires
18 - Lestat's Return