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
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.
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.
Who the hell are you? What are you
doing in my house?
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.
You're not afraid of anything, are
Why should I be?
Louis reaches for his sword, hanging by the bed, and
point it. Lestat laughs indulgently. He draws closer.
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.
Were all last night's promises for
He reaches out with his now-healed hand and plucks out
What do you want from me?
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.
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.
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.
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
Wouldn't it be sweet to bid pain
goodbye? To wave away anguish and
grief? To embrace the peace of the
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.
Louis reaches out to embrace them and finds himself
touching cold marble. He cries out in anguish-
They are gone, Louis. Death took
them. Death which you can now
INT. LOUIS BEDROOM - NIGHT
Louis, thrashing on the bed in a delirium. Lestat
places a hand on his forehead and soothes him.
You have to ask me for this. You
have to want it, do you hear me?
Give it to me!!!
Vampires. We thrive on blood.
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
Tomorrow night. You must prove
yourself. I will give you the
choice I never had.
He looks outside.
The sun's coming up. Watch it
carefully. If you come with me
tomorrow, you'll never see it
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.
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.
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.
You let your overseer run riot,
work your slaves to the bone. We'll
start with him.
How do you mean, start?
The overseer turns and comes towards them, with the
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.
Let's call that a start.
I can't do it.
You've just done it -
Kill me if you will, but I can't do
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 -
Sitting collected at the head of the steps.
Backs away as Lestat rises and descends the steps so
fluidly he hardly seems to move.
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.
You're the devil, aren't you?
That's who you are.
I wish I were. But if I were, what
would I want with you?
I can't go through with it, I tell
Your perfect. Your bitter and
But why do you want me?
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.
You really want to be with them?
Yes. Kill me. Kill me like you
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'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
Lestat appears angelic in his radiance.
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.
Lestat comes closer, smiling.
Did I hear a 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
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.
I've drained you to the point of
death. If you drink from me you
live for ever. If I leave you here
Lestat lifts his hand to his lips and blows Louis a
No. Don't leave me here. Give it to
Lestat lifts his own right wrist to his teeth. Fangs
slash his own flesh, blood falls.
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.
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
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.
You're body's dying. Pay no
attention. It will take twenty
minutes at most.
It happens to us all.
Lestat wipes Louis' brow.
Come, you're going to feed now.
I want a woman.
Lestat laughs and his laughter echoes like bells in
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.
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.
The crucifix -
Forget the crucifix. Take him.
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
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
The slave dies. Louis rises from him, drunkenly,
engorged with blood.
What have I done?
You have fed. You were made for
Louis looks down at the body of the slave. Lestat's
laughter echoes around him.
Dear God, what have I done?
You've killed Louis. And enjoyed
Lestat laughs harder. Louis runs from him, screaming in
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
Dear God, what have I become????
INT. ROOM. SAN FRANCISCO - NIGHT
Malloy stares at Louis, terrified and enthralled.
You said the slave had a
Oh, that rumor about crosses?
You can't look at them...
Nonsense, my friend. I can look on
anything I like. And I am
particularly fond of looking on
The story about stakes through the
The same. As you would say today...
What about coffins?
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.
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
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.
Yes, that's you, my handsome
friend. And you'll look that way
till the stars fall from heaven.
It can't be...
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
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.
You must get into it. It's the only
safe place for you when the light
And if I don't?
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.
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
Louis crawls into the coffin, fearful yet fascinated.
You told me something earlier. You
said you didn't have a choice. Was
Lestat smiles bitterly and nods.
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.
Dear God, what have I done?