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
02: Meeting Lestat
EXT. LOUISIANA - DAY (1791)
A disheveled Louis, hair in pigtail, in deep pocket
frock coat, rides his horse through the fields of
indigo, passing an overseer and slaves at work.
He passes slave quarters and the distant colonial
mansion of Pointe du Lac.
He comes to a small parish church and a graveyard. he
dismounts and walks through the tombs to an elaborate
one in Greek Style.
I had just lost my wife in
childbirth. She and the infant had
been buried less than half a year.
There is a marble angel above the tomb, feminine, with
a tiny cherub angel in her arms. Louis looks from the
angel, down to the inscriptions on the tomb:
"DIANNE DE POINTE DU LAC 1763 - 1791
INFANT JEAN MARIE - 1791"
Louis rips away the vines already covering the
inscription, then drinks from a pocket-flask. His face
I was twenty-four and life seemed
finished. I couldn't bear the pain
of their loss. I longed for a
release from it.
INT. WATERFRONT TAVERN - NIGHT
Louis in ragged lace and dirty brocade sitting between
two whores at a gaming table, drinking absinthe. All
around him flatboatmen, whores, gamblers, black African
I wanted to lose everything. My
wealth, my estate, my sanity. But
Lady Luck didn't oblige.
Louis displays a hand of four aces. A gambler at the
table stands in fury, over turning money, cards,
You're calling me a cheat?
I'm calling you a piece of shit -
The Gambler pulls out a pearl-handled pistol and points
it at Louis. The crowd hushes and draws back. Louis
smiles drunkenly and stands. he rips open his lace
shirt, exposing his chest.
Then do me a favor. Get rid of this
piece of shit...
The Gambler's finger on the trigger. His hand shakes.
You lack the courage of your
convictions, sir. Do it.
LESTAT, a hooded figure in the corner, smiles from
beneath the shadow of his hood. Gleaming blue eyes.
Most of all I longed for death. I
know that now. I invited it, a
release from the pain of living...
The Gambler lowers his gun, scowling. Louis pockets the
fistfulls of coins he has won.
EXT. WATERFRONT - NIGHT
Loud, crowded riverfront taverns full of ruffians.
Louis staggers down, an arm around a whore, drinking
from a bottle. A pockmarked pimp follows behind.
My invitation was open to anyone.
Sailors, thieves, whores and
EXT. WHARF - NIGHT
Louis, quite insensible, being propped up against a
wall by the whore in a dank wharf over the water. The
pimp rifles his pockets, then pulls a knife, about to
slice his throat, when a shadow falls over him. He
turns, and we see the face of Lestat, who lifts him
into the air by his throat, breaking his neck. the
whore screams and Lestat's other hand clamps over her
mouth. Lestat drags her towards him. Louis falls to the
ground, supported no more, insensible. Close on his
face, as we hear the last breaths of life of the whore,
But it was a vampire that accepted.
IN THE WATER
The bodies of the thief and whore float by. Above on
the wharf, Louis, now awake, stares down at them. He
turns, to see Lestat, towering above him.
They would have killed you -
Then my luck would have changed.
You want death? Is it death you
Lestat floats down on top of him, then lifts him in the
air, draws his head back by the hair and sinks his
teeth in his neck.
ON LOUIS' FACE
Every muscle rigid, teeth clenched, as the blood is
drained from him.
ON THEIR FEET
Hovering above the ground, like two quivering dancers.
THE WIND billows through the ghostly white sails and
rigging of the boats around the wharf.
Floats higher, with Louis in his arms, draining his
blood. One hand reaches out and grips a rope, hanging
from a shipmast. The other holds Louis. He withdraws
his teeth, and looks into Louis' drained face.
You still want death? Or have you
tasted it enough?
Louis can barely get the words out.
Lestat smiles and lets him go. Louis falls and plummets
into the water below.
Coming to the surface, in the water lapping by the
wharf. The bodies of the whore and thief float beside
him. He looks up and sees Lestat way above him,
dangling from the rope of the shipmast.
INT. ROOM - SAN FRANCISCO
ON MALLOY'S FACE
Captivated, terrified, enthralled.
That's how it happened?
No. The Gift of Darkness requires
more than that, as you'll see.