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



05: Training Louis, Act 2


INT. FRENCH QUARTER MANSION - BALLROOM

Small orchestra plays for colonial couples in fine wig and garb prancing to a French minuet. Young women sit in chairs along the walls with their chaperones. Young men stand opposite.

LOUIS (V.O.)
Lestat killed two, sometimes three a night. A fresh young girl, that was his favorite for the first of the evening.

LOUIS (V.O.)
But the triumphant kill of Lestat was a young man. They represented the greatest loss to Lestat because they stood on the threshold of the maximum possibility of life.

A youth of preternatural beauty, silhouetted against French windows. He is talking to an elegant widow, seated, holding two manicured poodles. Lestat stares at the youth with longing.

LESTAT
The trick is not to think about it. See that one? The widow St. Clair? she had that gorgeous young fop murder her husband. She's perfect for you. Go ahead.

LOUIS
But how do you know?

LESTAT
Read her thoughts.

LOUIS
I can't.

LESTAT
The dark gift is different for each of us. But one thing is true of everyone. We grow stronger as we go along.

He leads Louis closer to them.

LESTAT

Take my word for it. She blamed a slave for his murder. And do you know what they did to him?

He smiles at the young man, who smiles in return.

LESTAT
The evildoers are easier. And they taste better...

EXT. LAWNS - NIGHT

Lestat walks the youth towards a copse of trees. He looks back at Louis, who holds both poodles on a delicate leash, walking with the widow. The minuet spills from the french windows.

WIDOW ST. CLAIR
Now, young man, you really amaze me! I'm old enough to be your grandmother.

She leans towards him concquettishly. Louis, crazed with hunger, sees her as beautiful in the moonlight. He allows her lips reach his. He takes her in his arms, gently, romantically, and sinks in his teeth. She swoons.

WIDOW ST. CLAIR
Yes, that's the melody, I remember it. Oh yes...

Louis draws his lips away. She is weak in his arms, but still alive. He can't do it. The poodles growl. He shoots out an arm and grabs one, then the other.

EXT. TREES - NIGHT

Lestat, bending over the body of the dead youth. A scream pierces the night.

WIDOW ST CLAIR
Murder!!! Murderer!!

EXT. LAWNS. NIGHT

The widow on the grass, her poodles dead beside her. Louis is trying to quiet her.

WIDOW ST CLAIR
My little papillions! My butterflies!!! He killed them!!!

Lestat comes from nowhere, claps a hand over her mouth and breaks her neck. He spits in fury at Louis.

LESTAT
You whining coward of a vampire who prowls the night killing rats and poodles. You could have finished us both!

Louis throws himself on Lestat with extraordinary force, pummeling him towards the trees.

LOUIS
What have you done to me? You've condemned me to hell.

LESTAT
I don't know any hell -

Louis hurls him against tree after tree with a strength he never knew he had.

LOUIS
You want to see me kill? Watch me kill you then -

He drags him to the ground an throttles him. Lestat looks up at him, amazed and amused at the same time.

LESTAT
What strength, my friend, what strength. I remember why I chose you now.

Lestat squirms from his grip, seemingly effortlessly.

LESTAT
But you can't kill me, Louis. Nor I you.

He ruffles Louis' hair, with wry affection.

LESTAT
Feed on what you want, mon cherie. Rats, chickens, doves, goats. I'll leave you to it and watch you come round. Just remember, life without me would be even more unbearable...

He smiles. A sly, pleasurable secret secret smile.

EXT. POINTE DU LAC - NIGHT

Their carriage draws up to the mansion as the first fingers of light spread across the sky.

LOUIS (V.O.)
Being a vampire to him meant revenge. Revenge against life- itself. Every time he took a life it was revenge. and the slaves with a wisdom that was denied their masters, began to notice...

INT. SLAVE-HUT - NIGHT

In a tiny cabin, a slave family. Kids sleeping on the floor, in cribs and cots. The parents sleep on the bed, young, beautiful, naked. Beside them is Lestat, who is drinking the husband's blood, his hand playing across the breast of the wife as he does so. She murmurs in her sleep.

WIFE
Yes... please...

She grabs his fingers and kisses them, thinking him to be her husband. Lestat gently disengages himself and leaves.

EXT. SLAVE-HUT - NIGHT

The woman's scream pierces the sky, as Lestat walks into the night.

EXT. CHICKEN-COOP - NIGHT

Every chicken is dead, bloodies necks hanging down from the cribs. Louis emerges from the entrance, blood on his lips. He hears the scream.

EXT. SLAVE QUARTER - NIGHT

The sound of drumming is heard, African, primal. The woman runs through the quarters, screaming grief. Others gather at doorways, restrain and console her.

EXT. DOVE-COTE - DAY

A beautiful, elaborate eighteenth century dove-cote. Every dove inside is dead, pierced at the neck. A black hand throws in a flaming torch and it bursts into flame.

INT. CABIN - NIGHT

A doll, made in the image of Lestat, is pierced with needles.

EXT. SWAMP BY FIELDS - DAY

Bodies of slaves floating in the swamp, with the bodies of goats. Slaves at the edge throw ropes around the bodies, pull them towards the shore. The drumming grows louder.

EXT. SLAVE-QUARTERS - NIGHT

Louis walking through. The slaves hush as he approaches, gather in doorways and whisper. He turns and looks at them, sorrowfully. He looks truly like a ghost. Their eyes turn away when they meet his. He walks on.




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