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
12: Claudia's Rebellion
EXT. DOCKLANDS - NEW ORLEANS - NIGHT
A sailing ship, by the docks. Louis and Claudia talking
to a shipping-clerk.
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
What is it now? You irritate me!
Your very presence irritates me!
Yes. And I'll tell you something
else! I've met someone who will
make a better vampire than both of
Is that supposed to frighten me?
You're spoilt because you're an
only child. You need a brother. Or
I do. I'm weary of you both.
I suppose we could people the world
with vampires, the three of us.
Not you my dear.
You're a liar. But you upset my
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.
Stop pestering me then!
Oh, Lestat. I must do more than
that. I've brought a present for
Then I hope its a beautiful woman
with endowments you will never
Claudia stares at him for a moment.
Better than that.
She takes his hand and leads him into an inner room.
Louis follows behind.
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.
Oh, Claudia, you've outdone
yourself. Where did you find them?
Drunk on brandy wine. A thimbleful.
I thought of you when I saw them.
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.
Absinthe? You gave them absinthe?
Lestat stares wildly at her, tries to move towards her,
then slips to the floor.
Yes. It killed them, unfortunately.
But it keeps the blood warm.
Lestat tries to rise.
Ah Louis, Louis, she killed them...
and let me drink...
Louis watches, appalled. He goes to move.
Don't Louis -
Louis, put me in my coffin...
I'll put you in your coffin.
She pulls a knife out from under her shawl, walks
rapidly to him and slashes his throat. Blood explodes
Claudia! Don't do this thing!!!
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.
What have you done, Claudia -
He drags her off Lestat, tries to pull her out of the
room. She hisses at him.
Louis! Look what's happening to
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.
Lestat. Oh, God forgive us.
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.
Goodnight, sweet prince, may
flights of devils wing you to your
Louis walks forward, touches the skeleton, the blonde
He's dead, Claudia, dead.
The one good lesson he taught me,
Louis. Never drink from the dead.
She stands up, all business suddenly.
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.
Should we burn him? Bury him? What
would he have liked, Louis?
Don't mock, Claudia...
EXT. CARRIAGE - NIGHT
Louis whipping the horses. Claudia beside him. Lestat's
skeleton in the back, with the bodies of the two dead
In Europe, Louis. We shall meet our
own kind. Find the one who made
him. Learn what it means.
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.
And if we find the one who made
him? Do we tell him we destroyed
his own creation? The vampire
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
He belongs with those reptiles,
Louis. He deserved to die.
Then maybe so do we. Every night of
our lives. He was my brother. My
maker. He gave me this life,
whatever it is.
I did it for us, Louis. So we could
He stands there, saying nothing.
Louis, look at me.
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.
Claudia - You're crying -
We see her face, tears of blood running down it. She is
You never talked to me like that -
in all these years.
And you never cried -
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.
Hush, Claudia, hush now my dear -
Tell me you don't hate me Louis. I
did it for you -
Louis walks her towards the carriage.
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.