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
18: Lestat's Return
INT. CORRIDOR OF THEATRE DES VAMPIRES - NIGHT
In a press of vampires, Louis, Claudia and Madeleine
are forced down the dark corridor. Into -
Vampire chaos, as they are dragged through. Louis
struggling like a demon.
Armand! Get me Armand! he wouldn't
countenance this -
You can make no demands here!
Buffoon! Bastard -
Santiago strikes Louis to the ground. As he struggles
to his feet, he sees the vampires part around a figure
coming through. He gasps at the sight of -
Dressed beautifully, but horribly scarred now, from the
fire as well as the earlier stabbing. Lestat is
confused, ancient, teetering, reaching for Santiago's
shoulder to steady himself.
Is he the one?
Lestat shakes his head.
No, the child. The child was the
All the murderers!!!
You are alive, Lestat! It can't be
murder! Tell them how you treated
Lestat reaches out to Louis.
No... You come back to me Louis...
Are you mad???
The sentence is death! To all of
Only the girl - it was the girl -
The sound of something being dragged through the crowd.
Horrible echoing, scraping -
Lestat grips Santiago.
You promised me - I could take him
back to New Orleans - Louis -
there's something I must tell you -
about that night - that night I met
He stares around him, confused. The scraping gets
You let her go, Lestat - you let
her free - and I'll come back with
Santiago grabs Louis by the neck.
Death for the others. For you
eternity in a box -
We see now what caused the scraping. A huge metal
coffin being dragged through the vampires. Claudia
Walled in a dungeon. Your only
company will be your screams...
Perhaps it will take centuries...
The vampires grab Louis. They force him towards the
coffin. Lestat struggles with them.
He's coming home with me - you
We promised nothing!
Louis struggles fiercely as he is forced into the
coffin. Claudia weeps.
They've fooled you, Lestat! You
must reach Armand! Armand has the
Louis, struggling in the coffin. Then the lid is forced
down, huge locks closed over it.
Louis, in the smallest imaginable space. Beating his
forehead against the metal.
Claudia, throwing herself on the coffin, crying. She is
dragged away. Vampire hands drag the coffin across the
Louis, forehead pouring with blood, being thrown this
way and that. The coffin is lifted, upside down, Louis'
head crashes off the floor.
Is thrust into a niche in the wall. Bricks being placed
over, mortar trowelled on.
Louis upside down. Sounds of bricks and mortar. Then
terrifying, unearthly scream pierces the coffin,
striking to his very soul.
He loses consciousness.
Louis sleeps, upside down. Sound of bricks being
broken, thrown aside. Then of locks breaking.
Louis opens his eyes. The lid opens. He sees -
Above him, reaching down to take
Hurry. Don't make a sound.
Louis gets out, into a vast long catacomb. Louis runs
to the end of it, steps through a broken brick wall.
Where is she? Where's Claudia?
Follow me - that way - through my
He points to his cell at the end of the passage, the
foot of the steps. Sound of rain beyond the door.
Not without Claudia. Where is she?
I can't save her.
You can't believe I'd leave without
her. Armand! You must save her! You
have no choice.
Louis, I can't save her. I will
only risk losing you -
Louis runs up the stone stairs. It leads to the
ballroom. He enters.
Estelle stands far off, looking at him coolly. She
lifts the stage skull mask and laughs softly behind it.
A male vampire slumps in a chair staring softly at
Louis sees Lestat sitting in a far corner. he rushes up
to Lestat, who looks up at him, confused. He's holding
something crumpled, made of cloth.
You'll come home with me Louis? For
a little while... until I am myself
Louis turns round and round in rage. Passive still
faces. A door bangs open and shut.
Louis looks again at Lestat. He snatches the cloth from
Lestat's hand. We see it is a small torn bloodstained
dress. Claudia's dress.
The door bangs again. Estelle laughs. Rain gusts into
Louis goes to the door, holding the dress. Armand
approaches, trying to pull him away, but Louis shrugs
him off. He draws nearer and nearer and stairs at -
INT. BRICK AIRWELL
On the stones lie Claudia and Madeleine, burn to ashes,
in each other's arms, like the corpses of his wife and
daughter in the New Orleans graveyard, embracing each
Only Claudia's blond hair and Madeleine's red hair
Louis looks up at the walls of this airwell, many
stories to the sky. He cries out in agony.
Santiago appears behind him, staring. Louis roars in
horror and attacks Santiago, scattering the ashes into
the rainy wind. Claudia's golden locks fly up into the
wind, they whirl around the warring figure.
Armand appears, drags Louis free, pulls him screaming
from the airwell, into the ballroom, towards the exit.
Claudia's hair is sucked up by the wind through the
airwell, towards the night sky.
EXT. NOTRE DAME DOOR - NIGHT
Louis is slumped against the stone wall. Armand stands
beside him like a guardian angel.
I couldn't prevent it.
I don't believe you. I do not have
to read your soul to know that you
Louis, they cannot be brought back.
There are some things that are
impossible, even for me.
You let them do it.
Louis climbs to his feet.
You held sway over them. They
feared you. You wanted it to
Louis, I swear I did not.
I understand you only too well. You
let them do it, as I let Lestat
turn a child into a demon. As I let
her rip Lestat's heart to pieces!
Well I am no longer that passive
fool that has spun evil from evil
till the web traps the one who made
it. Your melancholy spirit of this
century! I know what I must do. And
I warn you - you saved me tonight,
so I return the favor - do not go
near your cell in the Theatre Des