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



20: Meeting Lestat


EXT. NEW ORLEANS STREET - NIGHT

Cars rushing by, twentieth-century madness. Louis emerges from the theatre, walks through the streets.

LOUIS (V.O.)
I had returned to new Orleans. As soon as I smelt the air, I knew I was home. There was sadness there, rich, almost sweet, like the fragrance of jasmine. I walked the streets, savoring it like a long lost perfume...

EXT. GARDEN DISTRICT - NIGHT

Louis walks past the many Greek Revival Mansions.

LOUIS (V.O.)
And then on Prytania Street, only blocks from the Lafayette cemetery I caught the scent of death and it wasn't coming from the graves...

CAMERA PANS OVER white-walled Lafayette cemetery and its surrounding mansions.

LOUIS (V.O.)
The scent grew stronger as I walked. Old death. A scent too faint for mortals to detect.

Louis sees rats darting across the street. They rush into a great overgrown garden surrounding a ruined mansion. No lights.

Louis stops at a rusted gate. He forces it open and enters -

A VERITABLE JUNGLE

Of overgrown rose and oak tree and wisteria. he sees a faint glimmer of light coming from a distant glass window of a huge Greek Revival house. He approaches then he sees -

OLD SHRIVELLED CORPSE

Of a man, long dead and dried up, snagged in the thorny rosevines.

LOUIS

Looks around. Walks on. Sees another corpse, almost nothing but bones, sinking into the wet earth, the roots of an oak overgrowing it.

He looks up at the distant light.

He passes a third corpse, caught in wisteria and rose vine, only bones and clothes.

LOUIS (V.O.)
They were like the doomed princess caught in the thorny vines of Sleeping Beauty's castle. I knew what it meant. A vampire had lured them here, but had been to weak to get rid of them.

Louis sees dead rats lying near the steps.

LOUIS (V.O.)
It spelt weakness, madness, the behavior of a dying animal that pollutes its own lair.

Louis treads carefully on the rotted steps. he moves along the porch. More dead rats. He sees through the floor-length window into rooms lined with stacked books. Virtually walled with them. Water seeps down from the ceiling, gleaming as it streaks over the books. The floors of the splendid rooms are bare, except for a rotten French chair by a dead fireplace. A single mirror reflecting the moon.

Dead rats.

He moves along the porch to the parlor windows. The candle flickers inside. He sees -

HIS POV

Lestat lying on the floor. He is gaunt to near starvation. All his scars are gone, but he is almost a skeleton and his eyes are enormous in their sockets. His clothes are rags. Blond hair beautiful, as always.

MALLOY'S ENTRANCES FACE SUPERIMPOSED OVER

MALLOY (V.O.)
Lestat escaped the fire!

LOUIS (V.O.)
He hadn't even been there. And all those years I thought he was dead.

BACK TO LESTAT

One tiny candle stands beside him. He reads an early comic, from the turn of the century. Without turning his head, he speaks.

LESTAT
I'm so glad you're here Louis... I've dreamed of your coming...

LOUIS
Don't try to speak... it's alright...

LESTAT
I didn't mean to let them do it... that Santiago, he tricked me...

LOUIS
That's all past, Lestat.

LESTAT
Yes. Past... she should never have been one of us...

He turns and looks at Louis. Old, fearful, broken.

LESTAT
Still beautiful Louis. You always were the strong one.

LOUIS
Don't fear me, Lestat. I bring you no harm.

LESTAT
You've come back to me, Louis? You've come again to me?

Louis shakes his head. A series of police sirens go by, piercing the night sky. A helicopter goes overhead. Red flashes illuminate his face. Lestat shivers, covers his ears. He's terrified. Louis touches him, calming him, until the lights pass over.

LOUIS
It's only a siren...

LESTAT
I can't bear it Louis! The machines out there, that fly and that roar! And such lights! They make the night brighter than the day!

LOUIS
And they frighten you?

LESTAT
You know I love the dark. But there's no dark anymore.

LOUIS
It's false light, Lestat. It can't harm you...

LESTAT
If you stayed with me Louis, I could venture out... little by little... become the old Lestat.

Louis shivers. He releases him.

LOUIS
I have to go now Lestat...

LESTAT
You remember how I was, Louis.. the vampire Lestat...

LOUIS
Yes. I remember...

Lestat shivers.

LESTAT
I tried to tell you Louis... that night in Paris... when I first came to you... no-one can refuse the dark gift, Louis... not even you.

LOUIS
I tried...

LESTAT
And the more you tried, the more I wanted you... a vampire with your beautiful, suffering human heart. And how you suffered... I need your forgiveness, Louis.

LOUIS
You have it...

Louis walks slowly away from him. Lestat turns back to his candle, his magazine.

LESTAT
You'll come back, Louis... take me out... little by little... and maybe I'll be myself again...

A bluebottle buzzes by him. His hand shoots out and grabs it, squeezes the blood.

LOUIS
(whispering)
Yes, Lestat...

ON LOUIS
As he walks through the decayed house. His eyes are expressionless.

LOUIS (V.O.)
And my story ends there. But in fact it ended a long time ago, with Claudia's ashes in that theatre. My love died with her. I never really changed after that. What became of Lestat I have no idea. I go on, night after night. I feed on those who cross my path. But all my passion went with her yellow hair. I ma a spirit with preternatural flesh. Detached. unchangeable. Empty.

INT. ROOM. SAN FRANCISCO - NIGHT (PRESENT)

Malloy, staring at Louis.

MALLOY
No... it can't end like that...

LOUIS
But it has. There is no more to tell.

MALLOY
But you talk about passion, about longing, about things I'll never know in my life! It's still inside you, in every syllable you speak! And then you tell me it ends like that? Just empty?

LOUIS
It's over, I'm telling you...

MALLOY
You need a new passion, Louis, a new reason to feel... what a story you've told, you don't understand yourself.

Louis looks at the cassettes on the table.

LOUIS
Do what you want with it. Learn what you can. Give the story to others.

Malloy rises.

MALLOY
You have another chance, Louis. Take me! Give me your gift, your power...

Louis is slowly horrified, then outraged and angry.

LOUIS
Is this what you want? You ask me for this after all I've told you?

MALLOY
If I could see what you've seen, feel what you've felt I wouldn't let it end like this! You need a like to the world out there, a connection... then it won't end like this...

He stares at Louis.

MALLOY
You need me.

Louis turns away.

LOUIS
Dear God. I've failed again, haven't I?

MALLOY
No...

LOUIS
Don't say anymore. The reels are still turning. I have but one chance to show you the meaning of what I've said.

He looks at the boy. Then suddenly grabs him, lifts him off the floor, bares his terrifying fangs and brings them to his throat. Malloy screams, in involuntary terror.

LOUIS
You like it? You like being food for the immortals? You like dying? Is it beautiful? Is it intense?

Malloy, now terrified, whispers

MALLOY
No... please...

Louis drops him.

LOUIS
Thank God.

Malloy, falls on the floor, terrified. When he looks up, Louis has vanished.

MALLOY
Louis... Louis...

He looks up at the tape. It is still turning.

MALLOY
Holy shit...

He shakes his head. He gets up, and with shaking fingers gathers his tapes. He runs out of the room.

EXT. STREET OUTSIDE - NIGHT

Malloy running for his car, a convertible. He leaps in and screeches off through the night.

EXT. STREETS - NIGHT

Malloy whips the car through the tiny streets, in sheer, unfocused terror.

MALLOY
Jesus...

EXT. GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE - NIGHT

Malloy driving with streams of traffic over the bridge. He breathes deeply, to calm himself. He takes a tape from his pocket, and with still shaking hands, sticks it in the deck.

LOUIS (V.O.)
(tape)
1791. That's when it happened. I was twenty-four. Younger then you are now.

Suddenly a bony hand shoots out from the back seat, pulls his neck backwards -

LESTAT

Sinks his teeth in his neck.

MALLOY'S HANDS

On the wheel, shaking, shuddering, losing their grip.

MALLOY'S EYES

Bulging, as the life drains out of him. Lestat sucking him like a rat.

THE WHEEL

Swinging free of Malloy's dying hands.

THE CAR

Veers wildly into oncoming traffic.

LESTAT

Drinks regardless.

A TRUCK

Coming towards them, about to crush the car.

LESTAT'S BONY HAND

Grabs the wheel, jerks it as he drinks.

THE CAR

Misses the truck by inches.

LESTAT

Throws Malloy to one side, climbs into the front seat.

The tape is playing.

LOUIS (V.O.)
(tape)
My invitation was open to anyone. Sailors, whores, thieves. But it was a vampire that accepted...

ON LESTAT

At the wheel, the corpse of Malloy in the passenger seat. He smiles. We can see the blood renewing him.

LESTAT
Dear Louis... will I ever forget?

EXT. GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE - NIGHT

Lestat drives on, the car a tiny speck against the bridge, the sea, the sky beyond, with the first fingers of light spreading through it.

FADE OUT

THE END




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