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
04: Training Louis, Act 1
EXT. NEW ORLEANS - NIGHT
A big, lavish drinking place with a raised stage.
Italian actors in buffoonish costumes act crude
commedia dell'arte on the stage.
Plantation owners in soiled brocade, lace, crooked wigs
watch the show as tavern wenches move about.
This was New Orleans, a magical and
magnificent place to live. In which
a vampire, richly dressed might
attract no more notice in the
evening than hundreds of other
Louis and Lestat by a table, in the shadow of a tree.
Teresa, a tavern wench, sits on Lestat's lap, pouring
drinks for the two of them. She lifts a fresh glass to
Lestat's lips as he flirts with her.
Come on, mon cher. The best in the
colony. Once you touch this you'll
never go to any other tavern again.
You think so, cherie? But what if
I'd rather taste your lips?
My lips are even sweeter still...
She kisses him. He lets his tongue play with hers, then
runs it down her neck. She swoons with pleasure. Then
he sinks his teeth gently in her neck, looking
playfully behind at Louis, who if appalled and
ANTICS ON THE STAGE
Laughter rocks the tavern.
Lestat slips the pale and dead Teresa into a chair
beside him and folds her hands on the table. No one
notices. He lays gold coins on the table and touches
Let's get out of here!
Lestat rushes out, thrilled with himself.
EXT. TAVERN - NIGHT
A crowded street. Louis and Lestat emerge from the
tavern. Louis looks up at the moon.
Have you ever been caught?
Of course not. It's so easy you
almost feel sorry for them.
They walk down the crowded night street, full of ladies
in their finery, freed slaves, whores, sailors etc.
INT. DINING ROOM - NIGHT
Louis and Lestat sitting at a sumptuous table, piled
with uneaten food. Lestat is going through sheafs of
I awoke the next evening to a
different world. And I realized
there are as profound differences
between vampires as between human
Lestat, totting up figures on a piece of paper.
Your wealth, dear Louis, is
inestimable. Your income from
cotton alone will keep us in
comfort for a century.
Louis just stares at him.
I sat there staring at him with
contempt. He had the soul of a
shopkeeper, he was the sow's ear
out of which nothing fine could be
made. I felt sadly cheated in
having him as a teacher...
Lestat looks up at him and grins.
You'll get used to killing. Just
forget about that mortal coil.
You'll become accustomed to things
all too quickly.
Do you think so?
Yvette enters, stands behind him, staring at Lestat
You are not hungry, sir...
Au contraire, my dear. He could eat
Lestat laughs loudly. Louis turns and looks at Yvette.
Her beautiful forehead in the candlelight, the veins
pulsing on her neck and her hands.
I looked at anything mortal and saw
all life as precious, condemning
all fruitless guilt and passion
that would let it slip through the
fingers like sand...
Yvette returns his stare, troubled.
It was only as a vampire that I
could see Yvette's beauty. Her fear
of me increased my desire.
Yvette reaches for his uneaten plate. Louis stops her
hand. Holds it for a beat too long, looking at the
veins in her wrist.
I will finish it, Yvette. Now leave
She turns and runs from the table. Lestat leans towards
Can't you pretend, you fool? Don't
give the game away. We're lucky to
have such a home.
His hand snakes out under the table. It comes up
holding a large grey rat.
Pretend to drink, at least.
He bares his fangs and slices the rat's throat. He
pours the blood into a crystal glass.
Such fine crystal shouldn't go to
He hands the glass to Louis. Louis drinks the blood and
stares at it in surprise, then at the dead rat on the
fine lace tablecloth.
I know. It gets cold so fast.
We can live like this? Off the
blood of animals?
I wouldn't call it living. I'd call
it surviving. A useful trick if
you're caught for a month on a ship
Lestat strokes the belly of the dead rat, studying it
There's nothing in the world now
that doesn't hold some...
Yes. And I'm bored with this
He throws the rat away.
But we can live without taking
human life. It's possible.
Anything is possible. But just try
it for a week. Come into New
Orleans and let me show you some
He rises. Louis follows.