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



11: Training Claudia, Act 2


INT. FLAT - NIGHT

Claudia playing the piano, now like a demonic Liszt. Louis writing.

Lestat appears in the doorway. He has a big box in his arms.

CLAUDIA
Another doll? I have ten, you realize.

FOCUS ON early 19th Century French dolls - wood, glass, wax, bisque - all around the bedroom, on chairs, on the bed. Some newish, some tattered old.

LESTAT
Well, I thought you could use another.

He hands her the box. It is a fine Parisian Jumeau doll. She likes it and stokes its face.

CLAUDIA
Why always on this night?

LESTAT
What night? What do you mean?

CLAUDIA
You always give me the doll on the same night of the year.

LESTAT
I didn't realize.

CLAUDIA
Is this my birthday?

He examines the other dolls.

LESTAT
Some of these are so old and tattered. You should throw them away.

CLAUDIA
I have. Or there would be twice as many.

LESTAT
But you're the fairest by far.

CLAUDIA
You dress me like a doll. You make my hair like a doll. Why?

Lestat doesn't answer. Claudia stands up quickly, and strides out into the -

PARLOUR

Where Louis is reading by the window. She walks to a mirrored cabinet, takes out a scissors and begins cutting her hair.

CLAUDIA
You want me to be a doll forever?

LOUIS
Claudia - don't -

CLAUDIA
Why not?

She continues cutting. She sees Lestat emerge from her bedroom in the mirror behind her then turns to him, an angelic little boy's face now with soft curls around her face.

CLAUDIA
Can't I change, like everybody else?

She walks past him, back into her bedroom and slams the door.

A beat. Louis looks from the mass of blonde hair on the floor to Lestat. Then a HORRID SCREAM pierces the silence. More screams, which become roars.

INT. CLAUDIA'S BEDROOM

She stands before the dressing-table, all her long hair grown back over her shoulders. She holds it with both hands, screaming and screaming. Lestat and Louis come through the door.

CLAUDIA
Which of you did it? Which of you made me the way I am?

LESTAT
What you are? You would be something other than you are?

CLAUDIA
And if I cut my hair again?

LESTAT
It will grow back again!

CLAUDIA
But it wasn't always so! I had a mother once! And Louis - he had a wife! He was mortal the same as she! And so was I!

LOUIS
Claudia -

She turns on Lestat.

CLAUDIA
You made us what we are, didn't you?

LESTAT
Stop her Louis!

CLAUDIA
DID YOU DO IT TO ME????

She runs at him with the scissors, scoring his face. The cut heals. She scores it again. It heals again. She stares at him in horror.

CLAUDIA
(whispering)
How did you do it?

LESTAT
And why should I tell you? It's in my power.

CLAUDIA
Why yours alone? Tell me how it was done!!!!

LESTAT
Be glad I made you what you are! You'd be dead not if I hadn't.

He storms out. Louis goes to Claudia and picks her up in his arms.

LOUIS
(tenderly)
We're immortal. You've always known that.

CLAUDIA
Tell me why... you've got to tell me...

Louis carries her outside, onto the porch. There is an old flower-seller going by.

LOUIS
You see the old woman? That will never happen to you. You'll never grow old. You will never die.

CLAUDIA
And it means something else too, doesn't it? I shall never, ever grow up.

She clutches Louis desperately.

CLAUDIA
I hate him. But I cannot bear to lose you. You're the only companion I have, forever. You taught me everything I know. Please tell me Louis. Tell me how it came to be that I am this... thing...

Louis strokes her beautiful face, her hair.

LOUIS
Come... I've something to show you...

EXT. NEW ORLEANS STREETS - NIGHT

Louis walking, holding Claudia as if he was about to lose her.

LOUIS (V.O.)
Though everything was changed, through the years had warped the contours of the streets, I found my way there, aware that I'd always known where it was and avoided it, not wanting to pass the doorway where I'd first heard Claudia cry.

Louis back in the same street, outside the same house. He stands with Claudia at the window. There is a family inside, a picture of domestic tranquility.

LOUIS
I heard you crying. You were there in a room with your mother. You were hugging her for warmth, crying pitifully as you had been for days. Because your mother was dead...

Claudia stares at him, suddenly very cold, very alert.

LOUIS
I opened the shutters... I came into the room... I felt pity for you. Pity, but something else.

He can't go on. Claudia's eyes are remorseless.

CLAUDIA
You... fed on me?

LOUIS
And he found me with you. I ran, sickened at what I'd done. Then he cut his wrist and fed you from him. I tried to stop him, but you were a vampire then. And have been every night hereafter.

CLAUDIA
You both did it?

LOUIS
I took your life. He gave you another one.

Claudia speaks through indrawn breath.

CLAUDIA
And here it is. And I hate you both.

She runs.

INT. ROOM SAN FRANCISCO

Malloy and Louis.

MALLOY
But why did you tell her?

LOUIS
How could I not? She had to know.

MALLOY
And did you lose her? Did she go?

LOUIS
Where would she have gone? She was a child, and beautiful, heartbreaking merciless child. And I had made her that...

EXT. STREETS - NIGHT

Louis, walking the streets, shivering.

LOUIS
I walked all night. I walked as I walked years before when my mind swam with guilt at the thought of killing. I found myself at the Cathedral.

A cathedral rising out of the mist, the doors open.

LOUIS
I thought of all the things I had done and couldn't undo. And I longed for one second's peace...

Louis walks towards the doors, inside.

INT. CATHEDRAL - NIGHT

Louis enters. The dim lights of candles. A sacristan tending the altar, an old woman praying - otherwise empty.

LOUIS
I had no fear. If anything I longed for something to happen, for the stones to tremble as I entered the foyer.

Louis walking down the nave of the church. He stops by the alter.

LOUIS
I almost genuflected from old habit. I almost prayed.

Louis sits in a pew.

LOUIS
And then it struck me.

LOUIS' POV

The cross, the statues, the tabernacle.

LOUIS
What if the statues gave an image to nothing? What if I was the supernatural in this cathedral? The only immortal under this roof. And I felt nothing but loneliness. Loneliness to the point of madness.

Suddenly a hand is laid on his shoulder. Louis almost jumps. He turns and sees the face of a grey-haired priest.

PRIEST
You wish to go to confession? I was about to lock up the church.

Louis stares at him, tears in his eyes.

PRIEST
You are troubled, aren't you? Can I help?

LOUIS
It's too late, too late -

PREIST
No, it's never too late. Come...

The priest gestures to the confessional. Louis rises, slowly.

INT. CONFESSIONAL

Louis, kneeling in the darkness. The hatch slides back.

LOUIS
Bless me father for I have sinned so often and so long, I don't know how to change nor beg for forgiveness.

PRIEST
Son, God is infinite in his capacity to forgive. Tell him from your heart.

LOUIS
Murders, father, death after death. The woman who died two nights ago in Jackson Square, I killed her. And thousands of others before her. I have walked the streets of New Orleans like the Grim reaper. And fed on human life for my own. I am a vampire, father, and have turned the one I love most of all into on too -

The hatch slams down. Louis rises, confused, and the door is flung open, the priest stands there.

PRIEST
Do you know the meaning of sacrilege?

Louis rises. Walks out.

LOUIS
Then there is no mercy.

His face comes into the light. The priest steps back, open-mouthed.

LOUIS
You talk of sacrilege. Why if God exists does he suffer me to exist?

He bares his fangs. The priest runs, screaming. Gets to the bellrope, begins to ring the bell. Louis swoops on him.

LOUIS
Why does he suffer me to live?

Louis takes him, lifting him from the floor, till his feet stop kicking.

INT. FLAT - NIGHT

Louis enters, silently, like a corpse. He hears a voice behind him.

CLAUDIA
Locked together in hatred -

He turns, sees her sitting in the darkness. She is wearing a tiny nightgown of stitched lace and pearls, weirdly adult and seductive. She comes towards him.

CLAUDIA
But I can't hate you Louis.

She sprays perfume over her body as she comes nearer.

CLAUDIA
Is this the aroma of a mortal child?

She whispers.

CLAUDIA
Louis. Lover.

She kisses his cheek.

CLAUDIA
I was mortal to you. You gave me your immortal kiss. You became my mother and my father. And so I'm yours. Forever.

She takes his face in her hands.

CLAUDIA
But now's the time to end it, Louis. Now's the time to leave him.

LOUIS
He'll never let us go.

Claudia smiles.

CLAUDIA
Oh... really?




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