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



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 -

THE BALLROOM

Vampire chaos, as they are dragged through. Louis struggling like a demon.

LOUIS
Armand! Get me Armand! he wouldn't countenance this -

SANTIAGO
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 -

LESTAT

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.

LESTAT
Louis...

SANTIAGO
Is he the one?

Lestat shakes his head.

LESTAT
No, the child. The child was the one...

SANTIAGO
All the murderers!!!

LOUIS
You are alive, Lestat! It can't be murder! Tell them how you treated us...

Lestat reaches out to Louis.

LESTAT
No... You come back to me Louis...

LOUIS
Are you mad???

ESTELLE
The sentence is death! To all of them!!!

LESTAT
Only the girl - it was the girl -

The sound of something being dragged through the crowd. Horrible echoing, scraping -

Lestat grips Santiago.

LESTAT
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 you -

He stares around him, confused. The scraping gets louder.

LOUIS
You let her go, Lestat - you let her free - and I'll come back with you -

Santiago grabs Louis by the neck.

SANTIAGO
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 screams.

SANTIAGO
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.

LESTAT
He's coming home with me - you promised -

SANTIAGO
(laughing)
We promised nothing!

Louis struggles fiercely as he is forced into the coffin. Claudia weeps.

LOUIS
They've fooled you, Lestat! You must reach Armand! Armand has the power!

Louis, struggling in the coffin. Then the lid is forced down, huge locks closed over it.

INT. COFFIN

Louis, in the smallest imaginable space. Beating his forehead against the metal.

EXT. COFFIN

Claudia, throwing herself on the coffin, crying. She is dragged away. Vampire hands drag the coffin across the stone floor.

INT. COFFIN

Louis, forehead pouring with blood, being thrown this way and that. The coffin is lifted, upside down, Louis' head crashes off the floor.

EXT. COFFIN

Is thrust into a niche in the wall. Bricks being placed over, mortar trowelled on.

INT. COFFIN

Louis upside down. Sounds of bricks and mortar. Then terrifying, unearthly scream pierces the coffin, striking to his very soul.

LOUIS
Claudia!!!

He loses consciousness.

BLACKNESS

INT. COFFIN

Louis sleeps, upside down. Sound of bricks being broken, thrown aside. Then of locks breaking.

Louis opens his eyes. The lid opens. He sees -

ARMAND
Above him, reaching down to take his hand.

ARMAND
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.

LOUIS
Where is she? Where's Claudia?

ARMAND
Follow me - that way - through my cell -

He points to his cell at the end of the passage, the foot of the steps. Sound of rain beyond the door.

LOUIS
Not without Claudia. Where is she?

ARMAND
I can't save her.

LOUIS
You can't believe I'd leave without her. Armand! You must save her! You have no choice.

ARMAND
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.

Silence. Indifference.

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.

LESTAT
You'll come home with me Louis? For a little while... until I am myself again.

LOUIS
CLAUDIA!!!

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 the ballroom.

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 other.

Only Claudia's blond hair and Madeleine's red hair remain unburnt.

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.

ARMAND
I couldn't prevent it.

LOUIS
I don't believe you. I do not have to read your soul to know that you lie.

ARMAND
Louis, they cannot be brought back. There are some things that are impossible, even for me.

LOUIS
You let them do it.

Louis climbs to his feet.

LOUIS
You held sway over them. They feared you. You wanted it to happen.

ARMAND
Louis, I swear I did not.

LOUIS
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 Vampires again.




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