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
08: Meeting Claudia
EXT. DANK NEW ORLEANS BACK STREETS - NIGHT
A rat scurried down a gutter, then another and another.
Louis' hand grabs the rat. We see him from behind,
walking down the street, gripping one, then another.
Am I damned? Am I from the devil?
Is my very nature that of a devil?
And all the while, as these dreaded
questions caused me to neglect my
thirst, my thirst grew hotter, my
veins were threads of pain in my
flesh, my temples throbbed.
A smaller side street, in which every house is marked
with an X. The street is crawling with rats, and Louis
is following them. A man passes with a lantern.
Don't go that way Monsieur. It's
the plague. Go back the way you
Louis smiles bitterly at these words, repeating them to
The way I came...
He walks on, following the rats.
... and finally, when I could stand
it no longer, I stood in an empty
desolate street and heard the sound
of a child crying.
A house, the door slightly open, marked with an X. The
sound of a child crying inside. Louis walks towards it.
INT. HOUSE - NIGHT
A little girl, pulling at a figure in a rocking chair.
Mama, please wake up. Mama, I'm
frightened, please wake up.
As Louis enters, he sees the woman is dead. Her eyes
are being eaten away by rats.
Louis gasps in horror. Claudia turns. She is a radiant
doll or angel as she stretches out her hand to Louis.
Monsieur, please help us. Papa's
waiting for us at the ship. Please
wake mama, Monsieur.
She runs to him. Instinctively, he gathers her in his
arms. He looks down pitying on her beautiful face.
And if I am damned, why do I fell
such pity for her gaunt face? Why
do I wish to warm her tiny arms?
Comfort her beating heart?
She snuggles into him, suddenly utterly secure. She
tugs at his hair, brings his head down towards her. And
we see Louis shiver, as his lips go to her neck.
Her breathing becomes calm as she goes into the swoon.
Gradually another sound replaces it.
LESTAT'S LAUGHTER, GROWING LOUDER AND LOUDER.
Suddenly Louis backs away, caught red-handed, the child
in his arms. He sees Lestat slapping his knee and
laughing in the doorway.
Ah, my philosopher, my martyr.
"Never take a human life". Well you
must admit it is funny. Or is it
merely touching? I'm not sure.
Louis stares at the unconscious Claudia in horror, then
lets her slip gently into a chair. Shamefully he wipes
his mouth, sees the tiny wounds on her throat.
Lestat snatches up the dead mother from the chair and
begins to dance with her in great circles, humming and
talking. Her head falls back. Black water flows from
Let's make some party of it, shall
we? Maybe there's some life in the
old lady yet?
Louis flees into the street.
Come back, Louis, you are what you
are. The plague would have got her
within hours anyway. Merciful death. How you love your precious guilt.
EXT. STREETS - NIGHT
Louis running through an assortment of streets. All the
night life of New Orleans flows by him.
For years I had not savored a
human. And when I had Lestat's
words made sense to me. I knew
peace only when I killed and when I
heard her heart in that terrible
rhythm I knew again what peace
could be. Yet even then I could not
EXT. WATERFRONT - DAWN
Fingers of light in the sky. Louis, pale and shivering,
walks splashing through the water. He comes to a huge
sewer-pipe, crowded with rats. He crawls inside.
EXT. WATERFRONT - SOME EVENINGS LATER
The same sewer-pipe. Now the bodies of dead rats lie
all around. A pair of fine leather boots splash through
the water - Lestat's.
INT. SEWER-PIPE - EVENING
Louis huddled there, so pale and shivering he seems
close to death. Lestat comes through.
All I need to find you Louis is
follow the corpses of rats.
He bends down to him, surprisingly gently and puts his
own coat around him.
Pain is terrible for you. You feel
it like no other creature because
you are a vampire. You don't want
it to go on.
They emerge from the sewer and walk along the
Do what it is in your nature to do.
And you will feel as you felt with
that child in your arms.
Oh God Lestat. I felt peace. I felt
an end to the craving.
That and more.
He puts his arm around Louis, to stop his shivering.
Evil is a point of view. God kills,
indiscriminately, and so shall we.
For no creatures under God are as
we are, none so like him as
Is God merciless? Greedy and cruel?
Ah, but we have even more in common
with our creator. come, I am like a
mother tonight. I want a child.
Louis is baffled. He follows.