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



02: Meeting Lestat


DISSOLVE TO:

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.

LOUIS (V.O.)
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 is ashen.

LOUIS (V.O.)
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 freedmen.

LOUIS (V.O.)
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, drinks.

LOUIS
You're calling me a cheat?

GAMBLER
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.

LOUIS
Then do me a favor. Get rid of this piece of shit...

The Gambler's finger on the trigger. His hand shakes.

LOUIS
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.

LOUIS (V.O.)
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.

LOUIS
My invitation was open to anyone. Sailors, thieves, whores and slaves...

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, off.

LOUIS (V.O.)
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.

LESTAT
They would have killed you -

LOUIS
Then my luck would have changed.

LESTAT
You want death? Is it death you want?

LOUIS
Yes...

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.

LESTAT

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.

LESTAT
You still want death? Or have you tasted it enough?

Louis can barely get the words out.

LOUIS
Enough...

Lestat smiles and lets him go. Louis falls and plummets into the water below.

LOUIS' FACE

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.

MALLOY
That's how it happened?

LOUIS
No. The Gift of Darkness requires more than that, as you'll see.




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