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



12: Claudia's Rebellion


EXT. DOCKLANDS - NEW ORLEANS - NIGHT

A sailing ship, by the docks. Louis and Claudia talking to a shipping-clerk.

LOUIS (V.O.)
So we made plans. She was convinced there were others of our kind in Europe, that they would have the answers Lestat couldn't provide. Lestat whom she now hated, who she thought she could be free of. I doubted, but then she had a surprise in store...

INT. FLAT - NIGHT

Lestat playing the piano. Louis reading. Claudia enters, wearing a cape and hat. She walks to the piano, sits at the end of the piano and stares at him as he plays.

LESTAT
What is it now? You irritate me! Your very presence irritates me!

CLAUDIA
(sweetly)
Does it?

LESTAT
Yes. And I'll tell you something else! I've met someone who will make a better vampire than both of you.

CLAUDIA
Is that supposed to frighten me?

LESTAT
You're spoilt because you're an only child. You need a brother. Or I do. I'm weary of you both.

CLAUDIA
I suppose we could people the world with vampires, the three of us.

LESTAT
Not you my dear.

CLAUDIA
You're a liar. But you upset my plans.

LESTAT
What plans?

CLAUDIA
I came to make peace with you, even if you're the father of lies. I want things to be as they were.

Louis perks up, puzzled.

LESTAT
Stop pestering me then!

CLAUDIA
Oh, Lestat. I must do more than that. I've brought a present for you.

LESTAT
Then I hope its a beautiful woman with endowments you will never possess.

Claudia stares at him for a moment.

CLAUDIA
Better than that.

She takes his hand and leads him into an inner room. Louis follows behind.

CLAUDIA
You haven't fed enough. I can tell by your color.

INT. DINING ROOM - NIGHT

Two beautiful youths, lying asleep on a couch, by a table full with a half-eaten meal. Lestat sighs.

LESTAT
Oh, Claudia, you've outdone yourself. Where did you find them?

CLAUDIA
Drunk on brandy wine. A thimbleful. I thought of you when I saw them.

LESTAT
We forgive each other then?

Claudia stares at him, sitting. She nods.

Lestat bites into the neck of one of the youths, sucks greedily and horribly. Claudia watches him without expression. He finished one, is about to take the other when he staggers. He looks at Claudia.

LESTAT
Absinthe? You gave them absinthe?

CLAUDIA
No. Laudanum.

Lestat stares wildly at her, tries to move towards her, then slips to the floor.

LESTAT
Laudanum!

CLAUDIA
Yes. It killed them, unfortunately. But it keeps the blood warm.

Lestat tries to rise.

LESTAT
Ah Louis, Louis, she killed them... and let me drink...

Louis watches, appalled. He goes to move.

CLAUDIA
Don't Louis -

LESTAT
Louis, put me in my coffin...

CLAUDIA
I'll put you in your coffin.
Forever.

She pulls a knife out from under her shawl, walks rapidly to him and slashes his throat. Blood explodes from it.

LOUIS
Claudia! Don't do this thing!!!

LESTAT
Louis, Louis, I gave you the gift - help me -

Claudia lacerates his face. Blood pours from everywhere. She plunges the knife in his chest. He falls back, fangs bared, clutching the knife. Claudia leaps on him then, bites deep into his neck as he dies. Louis screams, runs forward, pulls her away.

LOUIS
What have you done, Claudia -

He drags her off Lestat, tries to pull her out of the room. She hisses at him.

CLAUDIA
Louis! Look what's happening to him!!

Louis looks. The floor is a sea of blood. Lestat has begun to shrivel, as if he'd been a bag of blood. His skin is shriveling against his bones like parchment, his eyes are slipping back into his skull-like face. His lush, beautiful hair remains unchanged. But his clothes are virtually being emptied of the body. It is no more than bones, wrapped in paper and the pupils of the eyes suddenly roll up into the papered skull.

LOUIS
Lestat. Oh, God forgive us.

CLAUDIA
Don't mock me, Louis. Help me.

She stares at the shriveled skeleton in its skin wrapping. She is fascinated. She sees the vampiric blood flow all over the floor. She touches it and brings her finger to her lips.

CLAUDIA
Goodnight, sweet prince, may flights of devils wing you to your rest.

Louis walks forward, touches the skeleton, the blonde hair.

LOUIS
He's dead, Claudia, dead.

CLAUDIA
The one good lesson he taught me, Louis. Never drink from the dead.

She stands up, all business suddenly.

CLAUDIA
Help me. We must get rid of him.

She drags the coverlet from the table, knocking the crockery over the dead youths, and wraps Lestat's skeleton in it. She takes a bunch of chrysanthemums and places them in his skeleton hands.

CLAUDIA
Should we burn him? Bury him? What would he have liked, Louis?

LOUIS
Don't mock, Claudia...

CLAUDIA
The swamp...

EXT. CARRIAGE - NIGHT

Louis whipping the horses. Claudia beside him. Lestat's skeleton in the back, with the bodies of the two dead youths.

CLAUDIA
In Europe, Louis. We shall meet our own kind. Find the one who made him. Learn what it means.

LOUIS
And suppose the one who made him knows nothing and the vampire who made him knows nothing, and it goes back, nothing proceeding from nothing, until there is nothing! And we must live with the knowledge that there is no knowledge.

The carriage pulls up by a swamp. Mist everywhere. Overhanging creepers.

LOUIS
And if we find the one who made him? Do we tell him we destroyed his own creation? The vampire Lestat?

Louis drags out the bodies of the boys. He slides them into the waters of the swamp. We see ripples in the water and the churning of alligators, as they attack the corpses. Louis takes Lestat's skeleton in his arms. He slides it into the waters. The alligators speed towards it.

CLAUDIA
He belongs with those reptiles, Louis. He deserved to die.

LOUIS
Then maybe so do we. Every night of our lives. He was my brother. My maker. He gave me this life, whatever it is.

CLAUDIA
I did it for us, Louis. So we could be free.

He stands there, saying nothing.

CLAUDIA
Louis, look at me.

LOUIS
(bitterly)
I can't. Go away from me.

Claudia is shocked to her core. She steps back. Louis stares at the rippling waters. Gradually the movement of alligators stops. Then he hears a sound he hasn't heard in years. Soft, choking. He turns, sees Claudia sitting by a cypress tree, like a little girl for the first time in years. She is weeping copiously.

LOUIS
Claudia - You're crying -

We see her face, tears of blood running down it. She is heartbroken, lost.

CLAUDIA
You never talked to me like that - in all these years.

LOUIS
And you never cried -

CLAUDIA
I can't bear it when you do - I would die rather than lose you Louis. I would die the way he died.

Louis gathers her in his arms.

LOUIS
Hush, Claudia, hush now my dear -

CLAUDIA
Tell me you don't hate me Louis. I did it for you -

Louis walks her towards the carriage.

LOUIS
I love you Claudia. Always. And we are free now, Claudia. No Lestat. Just the two of us, beginning the great adventure of our lives.

He lifts her into the carriage and drives off, leaving the silent waters of the swamp.




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