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



03: Louis Becomes A Vampire


EXT. WATERFRONT - DAY

Louis floating by mudflats, surrounded by dead fish, the carcasses of animals, eighteenth century rubbish. He gets to his feet and walks weakly through the mudflats. The sun is coming up over the sea behind him.

LOUIS (V.O.)
He left me half dead that morning. he wanted something from me. He came back the following night.

INT. LAVISH FRENCH-FURNISHED BEDROOM AT POINT DU LAC

Louis is delirious in a four-poster bed, shrouded with mosquito netting. A female slave, YVETTE, bathes his face with a rag. She is crying. Other slave women hover in the shadows. Yvette puts out all candles save one by the bed, and withdraws, with the others.

Candlelight flickers on the face of the bisque virgin.

Louis tosses and turns, dreaming, murmuring incoherently. Then he opens his eyes.

LESTAT, exquisitely dressed in French clothing, stands by the bed smiling. In the light of the candle we see that he is not human; skin too white; eyes too bright. Lestat looks amiable, even mischievous, but impossible - and angel or monster.

Louis grabs his pistol from the table and cocks it.

LOUIS
Who the hell are you? What are you doing in my house?

LESTAT
And a beautiful house it is too. Yours is a good life, isn't it?

Louis takes aim. Lestat puts his hand over the barrel. Louis fires. The bullet tears a hole in Lestat's hand. Lestat is unfazed. He takes the gun from Louis' hand and throws it away. His hand begins to heal.

LESTAT
You're not afraid of anything, are you?

LOUIS
Why should I be?

Louis reaches for his sword, hanging by the bed, and point it. Lestat laughs indulgently. He draws closer.

LESTAT
Are you going to put that through me too? Ruin my beautiful clothes?

He comes closer to Louis, right up to his face, so the sword passes through his waistcoat.

LESTAT
Were all last night's promises for nothing?

He reaches out with his now-healed hand and plucks out the sword.

LOUIS
What do you want from me?

LESTAT
I've come to answer your prayers. You want to die, don't you? Life has no meaning anymore, does it?

Lestat sits down on the bed, drawing up one knee. Louis is becoming spellbound.

LESTAT
The wine has no taste. The food sickens you. There seems no reason for any of it, does there? But what if I could give it back to you? Pluck out the pain and give you another life? And it would be for all time? And sickness and death could never touch you again?

The vampire theme rises, with the sound of a heartbeat.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. GRAVEYARD - NIGHT

The camera drifts through the graveyard where Louis' wife is buring. Everything is lit with an eerie glow, as if seen through some unearthly eye.

LESTAT
Vampires, that's what we are. Creatures of darkness, only we see it that darkness more clearly than any mortal has ever seen...

Louis and Lestat drifting, dreamlike, through the overhanging vines, comes to the grave of his wife and child. Above the crypt, the statue of angel, mother and child.

LESTAT
Wouldn't it be sweet to bid pain goodbye? To wave away anguish and grief? To embrace the peace of the unending night?

The marble fingers of the child on the statue move. The angel raises her head and has the face of Louis wife, Diane. she raises her hand and touches Louis tear- streamed face. The child speaks.

MARBLE CHILD
Papa...

Louis reaches out to embrace them and finds himself touching cold marble. He cries out in anguish-

LOUIS
Diane!!!!

LESTAT
They are gone, Louis. Death took them. Death which you can now destroy...

LOUIS
NO!!!!!

INT. LOUIS BEDROOM - NIGHT

Louis, thrashing on the bed in a delirium. Lestat places a hand on his forehead and soothes him.

LESTAT
You have to ask me for this. You have to want it, do you hear me?

LOUIS
Give it to me!!!

LESTAT
Vampires. We thrive on blood.

LOUIS
I want it!

Lestat bends close as if to drink Louis' blood. Louis does not shrink back, but stares into his eyes. Lestat draws back, then stands up and goes to the French doors.

LESTAT
Tomorrow night. You must prove yourself. I will give you the choice I never had.

He looks outside.

LESTAT
The sun's coming up. Watch it carefully. If you come with me tomorrow, you'll never see it again.

He leaves. Louis sits dazed, staring at the empty French window. The sun rises with unnatural beauty, over the swamplands and the plantation, filling the room, striking water-pitcher, glass, mirror, and the picture of his dead wife.

LOUIS (V.O.)
My last sunrise. That morning I was not yet a vampire, and I saw my last sunrise. I remember it completely, yet I don't remember any sunrise before it. I watched the whole magnificence of the dawn for the last time, as if it were the first. And the I said goodbye to sunlight and went out to become what I became.

EXT. PLANTATION - NIGHT

Lestat and Louis walk through the slave quarters, huddles groups around fires, music, singing. The sound of whipping is heard.

LESTAT
Your grief has unhinged you. You've let your estate rot.

In the woods beyond the quarters, the white overseer is whipping a black slave, with horrifying savagery.

LESTAT
You let your overseer run riot, work your slaves to the bone. We'll start with him.

LOUIS
How do you mean, start?

LESTAT
Call him.

Louis calls.

LOUIS
Carlos!!!

The overseer turns and comes towards them, with the bloodied whip.

LESTAT
Why the bloody whip, Carlos?

The overseer looks into his eyes, shivers with terror, drops the whip and runs for the trees. Lestat is on him in an instant. He sinks is teeth in his neck. Louis runs to him, tries to pull him off. But Lestat turns to Louis and smiles, with his bloodied mouth.

LESTAT
Let's call that a start.

LOUIS
I can't do it.

LESTAT
You've just done it -

LOUIS
Kill me if you will, but I can't do this...

He flees, as Lestat ends to finish off the overseer.

EXT. POINTE DU LAC - NIGHT

Louis running up the steps leading to the gallery. He is crazed with guilt. He looks up and sees -

LESTAT
Sitting collected at the head of the steps.

LOUIS
Backs away as Lestat rises and descends the steps so fluidly he hardly seems to move.

LESTAT
Don't worry. He was white trash, they come at two a penny. I dumped him in the swamp and untied the slave, licked his wounds clean.

LOUIS
You're the devil, aren't you? That's who you are.

LESTAT
(gently)
I wish I were. But if I were, what would I want with you?

LOUIS
I can't go through with it, I tell you.

LESTAT
Your perfect. Your bitter and you're strong.

LOUIS
But why do you want me?

LESTAT
Because you're as strong as I was when I was alive.

Louis takes out his flask and drinks. Drunkenly, he turns and heads for a nearby swamp.

EXT. CEMETERY - NIGHT

Louis stops again in front of the crypt. Drinks from the flask, leans his forehead against the stone.

Lestat appears beside him, radiant, beautiful.

LESTAT
You really want to be with them?

LOUIS
Yes. Kill me. Kill me like you promised -

LESTAT
You asked for death. I didn't promise it -

In a quiet rage, Lestat raise his fist and shatters the marble face stone, revealing a coffin below. His fist shatters that in turn, revealing the half-rotted body of a women, holding an infant, no longer recognizable as individuals, a tangle of gruesome rotted hair, flesh, eaten away lace, insects and worms crawling over it.

Louis gasps.

LESTAT
It's not your wife and child my friend. It's death. Just that simple. Think and choose. It happens to everyone. Except us.

Lestat stares at him, smiling, becoming a hazy dreamlike vision, then hyperclear. Louis again is spellbound. He drops the flask, which shatters on the stones.

Lestat appears angelic in his radiance.

LESTAT
We shall be this way always, my friend. Young as we are now. I'm lonely for a companion, lonely for your strength. But I'm not that lonely. Do you want to come or not?

Louis capitulates in one long sigh.

LOUIS
Yes...

Lestat comes closer, smiling.

LESTAT
Did I hear a yes?

LOUIS
Yes...

Lestat embraces Louis, obscuring his face. He drinks his blood. We hear two heartbeats, out of sync, coming together. We see Louis' face, growing paler, paler, as his blood is drained. His eyes stare upwards, losing their focus.

LOUIS' POV

The moon, through hanging vines. The marble statue of his wife and child smile at him, as if come alive. Her hair blows in the breeze, wonderful gold tresses, the child's fingers reach out...

BACK TO SCENE

Lestat lets Louis fall down beside the broken crypt. Louis looks from the rotting bodies to Lestat above him. radiant. Lestat speaks gently.

LESTAT
I've drained you to the point of death. If you drink from me you live for ever. If I leave you here you die.

Lestat lifts his hand to his lips and blows Louis a kiss.

LOUIS
No. Don't leave me here. Give it to me.

Lestat lifts his own right wrist to his teeth. Fangs slash his own flesh, blood falls.

LESTAT
You're sure?

LOUIS
Sure...

Louis rises to accept the first drops with his open mouth. Lestat gathers him up, as Louis clamps his hand on Lestat's arm and drinks from the wrist.

The VAMPIRE THEME swells.

Lestat watches him drink his wrist with wry amusement. Louis finishes, staggers away from him as if drunk.

LOUIS' POV

Vampire vision. The world is transformed, the swamp, the moon, the clouds, the cry of the night birds all come to him with unnatural clarity. He looks down with pity at the corpses of his wife and child who appear beautiful in death now rather than repulsive. He closes the lid of the coffin and replaces it in the ground, astonished at the ease of it.

He turns and stares at Lestat whom he sees now with vampire's vision. Lestat's eyes are brighter, his buttons are glimmering in the light. Everything is clearer, brighter, containing more facets of light and color.

LESTAT
Stop staring at my buttons. Didn't I tell you it was going to be fun?

Lestat leads him into the swamp. Everything astonished Louis, as if he's never seen it before. Louis is suddenly racked by shudders of pain.

LESTAT
You're body's dying. Pay no attention. It will take twenty minutes at most.

LOUIS
Dying?

Louis dry-retches.

LESTAT
It happens to us all.

Lestat wipes Louis' brow.

LESTAT
Come, you're going to feed now.

LOUIS
I want a woman.

Lestat laughs and his laughter echoes like bells in Louis' ears.

LESTAT
That doesn't matter anymore, Louis. You'll see. Come...

LOUIS' VAMPIRE POV - SWAMP

Small high ground. Camp of runaway slaves. Several share a bottle of rum around the fire. A male slave rises. A gorgeous hunk of flesh in the moonlight and goes into the swamp to relieve his bladder.

LESTAT
They're all beautiful now. Men, women, the old, the young...simply because they are alive. -

The slave walks towards them in the darkness. A crucifix gleams round his neck.

LESTAT
Take him.

LOUIS
The crucifix -

LESTAT
Forget the crucifix. Take him.

Louis hesitates.

LESTAT
Resist no more Louis. Feed...

The slave looks up and sees them. Two gleaming white beings standing before him with devil's eyes. The he runs.

Louis can resist him no more. He swoops on him with a vampire's rapid movement, brings him to the ground and sinks his teeth in his neck.

Close on Louis feeding on the slave, the magnificent body shuddering in its death-throes. Lestat stands above, laughing.

The slave dies. Louis rises from him, drunkenly, engorged with blood.

LOUIS
What have I done?

LESTAT
You have fed. You were made for this...

Louis looks down at the body of the slave. Lestat's laughter echoes around him.

LOUIS
Dear God, what have I done?

LESTAT
You've killed Louis. And enjoyed it.

Lestat laughs harder. Louis runs from him, screaming in anguish.

EXT. GRAVEYARD - NIGHT

Louis reaches his wife's grave. He falls to his knees, throws back his head and bares his new fangs to the moon.

LOUIS
Dear God, what have I become????

INT. ROOM. SAN FRANCISCO - NIGHT

Malloy stares at Louis, terrified and enthralled.

MALLOY
You said the slave had a crucifix...

LOUIS
Oh, that rumor about crosses?

MALLOY
You can't look at them...

LOUIS
Nonsense, my friend. I can look on anything I like. And I am particularly fond of looking on crucifixes.

MALLOY
The story about stakes through the heart?

LOUIS
The same. As you would say today... Bull shit.

MALLOY
What about coffins?

LOUIS
Coffins... coffins unfortunately are a necessity...

EXT. MANSION - NIGHT
Louis walks up the steps to the mansion. He looks now like a fully-fledged vampire. Yvette, the slave girl stares at him from the open doorway. Cascades of harpsichord music come from the interior.

LOUIS (V.O.)
Killing is no ordinary act. It is the experience of another's life for certain. That night I had lost my own life and taken another's. I was drowning in a sea of human guilt and regret, with all the heightened senses of a vampire...

Louis enters the mansion, following the harpsichord music, as if in a dream. Yvette draws back as he approaches.

INT. MANSION - NIGHT

Louis wanders into the parlor, where Lestat is playing the harpsichord rapidly and exuberantly. Louis goes to a full-length mirror and sees his own reflection there - quite the perfect vampire.

LESTAT
Yes, that's you, my handsome friend. And you'll look that way till the stars fall from heaven.

LOUIS
It can't be...

LESTAT
Give it time. You're like a man who loses a limb and still imagines he feels pain. It will pass. And we must sleep now. I can feel the sun approaching.

EXT. POINTE DU LAC
Dawn spreading over the plantation.

INT. BASEMENT - POINTE DU LAC

A brick walled storage room. Two coffins stand on the floor. Lestat enters with a lantern, Louis behind. Lestat is apprehensive and protective of Louis. He pulls back one lid to reveal a satin interior.

LESTAT
You must get into it. It's the only safe place for you when the light comes.

LOUIS
And if I don't?

LESTAT
The sun will destroy the blood I've given you. Every tissue, every vein. The fire in this lantern could do that too.

Louis approaches the coffin, hands trembling as he peers into it.

LESTAT
Don't be afraid. In moments you'll be sleeping as soundly as you ever slept. And when you awake I'll be waiting for you, and so will all the world.

Louis crawls into the coffin, fearful yet fascinated.

LOUIS
You told me something earlier. You said you didn't have a choice. Was that true?

Lestat smiles bitterly and nods.

LESTAT
Someday I'll tell you. We have a lot of time to talk to each other. You might say... we have all the time we shall ever need.

He closes the lid.

Total darkness. Sounds of Louis' panicked breathing. Of his prayer again.

LOUIS
Dear God, what have I done?




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