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
11: Training Claudia, Act 2
INT. FLAT - NIGHT
Claudia playing the piano, now like a demonic Liszt.
Lestat appears in the doorway. He has a big box in his
Another doll? I have ten, you
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.
Well, I thought you could use
He hands her the box. It is a fine Parisian Jumeau
doll. She likes it and stokes its face.
Why always on this night?
What night? What do you mean?
You always give me the doll on the
same night of the year.
I didn't realize.
Is this my birthday?
He examines the other dolls.
Some of these are so old and
tattered. You should throw them
I have. Or there would be twice as
But you're the fairest by far.
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 -
Where Louis is reading by the window. She walks to a
mirrored cabinet, takes out a scissors and begins
cutting her hair.
You want me to be a doll forever?
Claudia - don't -
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
Can't I change, like everybody
She walks past him, back into her bedroom and slams the
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.
Which of you did it? Which of you
made me the way I am?
What you are? You would be
something other than you are?
And if I cut my hair again?
It will grow back again!
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!
She turns on Lestat.
You made us what we are, didn't
Stop her Louis!
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.
How did you do it?
And why should I tell you? It's in
Why yours alone? Tell me how it was
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.
We're immortal. You've always known
Tell me why... you've got to tell
Louis carries her outside, onto the porch. There is an
old flower-seller going by.
You see the old woman? That will
never happen to you. You'll never
grow old. You will never die.
And it means something else too,
doesn't it? I shall never, ever
She clutches Louis desperately.
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.
Come... I've something to show
EXT. NEW ORLEANS STREETS - NIGHT
Louis walking, holding Claudia as if he was about to
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.
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.
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.
You... fed on me?
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
You both did it?
I took your life. He gave you
Claudia speaks through indrawn breath.
And here it is. And I hate you
INT. ROOM SAN FRANCISCO
Malloy and Louis.
But why did you tell her?
How could I not? She had to know.
And did you lose her? Did she go?
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.
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
A cathedral rising out of the mist, the doors open.
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
I had no fear. If anything I longed
for something to happen, for the
stones to tremble as I entered the
Louis walking down the nave of the church. He stops by
I almost genuflected from old
habit. I almost prayed.
Louis sits in a pew.
And then it struck me.
The cross, the statues, the tabernacle.
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
You wish to go to confession? I was
about to lock up the church.
Louis stares at him, tears in his eyes.
You are troubled, aren't you? Can I
It's too late, too late -
No, it's never too late. Come...
The priest gestures to the confessional. Louis rises,
Louis, kneeling in the darkness. The hatch slides back.
Bless me father for I have sinned
so often and so long, I don't know
how to change nor beg for
Son, God is infinite in his
capacity to forgive. Tell him from
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
The hatch slams down. Louis rises, confused, and the
door is flung open, the priest stands there.
Do you know the meaning of
Louis rises. Walks out.
Then there is no mercy.
His face comes into the light. The priest steps back,
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
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
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.
But I can't hate you Louis.
She sprays perfume over her body as she comes nearer.
Is this the aroma of a mortal
She kisses his cheek.
I was mortal to you. You gave me
your immortal kiss. You became my
mother and my father. And so I'm
She takes his face in her hands.
But now's the time to end it,
Louis. Now's the time to leave him.
He'll never let us go.