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



09: Claudia Becomes A Vampire


INT. INN - SUPPER ROOM

Lestat enters.

LESTAT
She's here, your wounded one.

LOUIS
What are you saying?

LESTAT
You need company, Louis. More congenial than mine...

Lestat holds up a candle and walks towards a large four- poster bed. Claudia lies there, angelic, under the coverlet, two marks on her neck.

LOUIS
Lestat!

LESTAT
You remember how you wanted her, the taste of her -

LOUIS
I didn't want to kill her.

LESTAT
Don't worry, Louis, you're conscience is clear. You left her alive.

Lestat shakes her gently.

LESTAT
Claudia, Claudia, listen to me. You're ill, my precious and I'm going to give you what you need to get well.

LOUIS
Lestat, what do you mean?

Louis runs at him, but Lestat brushes him aside effortlessly, so he falls to the floor. Lestat bites his wrist and presses the bleeding wound to the child's mouth... He winces in pain.

LESTAT
That's it dear. More. You must drink it to get well.

Claudia sucks on the wound, reviving, making little noises like a person waking from sleep.

Louis rises to his feet as Claudia clutches Lestat's arm, sucking the blood fiercely. Lestat moans.

LESTAT
Stop, that's enough. No more.

He pulls her loose and she growls and stares at him with big clear astonished eyes.

CLAUDIA
I want more.

LOUIS
What have you done?

Lestat puts her down on the bed and sits beside her, holding his wrist, obviously in pain.

CLAUDIA
More.

LESTAT
Yes, cherie, of course you want more. And I'll show you how to get it. You drink from morals, my beauty, but from me? Never again.

Still suffering, Lestat pulls the bell-rope.

CLOSE ON CLAUDIA

Being transformed. Becoming white yet robust, bright- eyed yet crazed. She shakes her beautiful curls and the dust falls from them. They are shining in the candlelight.

Louis cannot stop looking at her. He does not notices as -

The MAID enters.

MAID
Ah, quelle Belle enfant!

The maid comes near the bed, kneels in front of Claudia. Lestat lays his hand on the maid's throat and Claudia watches keenly.

LESTAT
Gently, cherie. They are so innocent. They must not be made to suffer.

Claudia lunges for the throbbing vein in the neck, locking on to the flowing blood.

The Maid is transfixed.

Close on Louis, his anguish, his fascinated horror.

LOUIS
You are the devil! You are the instrument of Satan!

LESTAT
That's enough, cherie. Stop before the heart stops.

He lets the dead maid onto the floor. Claudia looks at the corpse.

CLAUDIA
I want some more.

LESTAT
It's best in the beginning, lest the death takes you down with it. yes, that's it. My child. My beloved child.

Lestat and Claudia sit on the Louis XVI settee. Claudia is a vision, a doll made out of pearl. Animated, voice crisp.

CLAUDIA
Where is Mamma?

The words echo in Louis' head, as he puts his hands to his ears.

LESTAT
Mamma's gone to Heaven, cherie, like that sweet lady over there. They all go to Heaven. And you did very well, cherie. Not a drop spilt. Very good! You're going to be our child now.

Lestat takes out his comb and begins to comb her hair.

LESTAT
Your mama's left you with us. She wants you to be happy.

LOUIS
(whispers)
You are the devil! You are the instrument of Satan!

LESTAT
Shhhh! Do you want to frighten our little daughter?

CLAUDIA
I'm not your daughter.

LESTAT
Yes you are, my dearest. You are mine and Louis' daughter. You see Louis was going to leave us. He was going to go away. But now he's not. He's going to stay and make you happy.

Claudia runs over to him. She smiles at him.

CLAUDIA
Lou...eee...

Louis is conflicted. He cannot leave her. He touches her cheeks, her hair. Same as his. Vampire skin and hair. He draws in his breath, shocked by her beauty, then he embraces her as a father might a daughter. He looks over her shoulder to Lestat.

LOUIS
You fiend. You monster.

Lestat smiles

LESTAT
One happy family.

INT. ROOM - SAN FRANCISCO

Malloy is open mouthed.

MALLOY
A child vampire!

He sees the tape has run out. He rapidly and clumsily sticks in another.

LOUIS
Shall we go on?

MALLOY
He did it to make you stay with him!

LOUIS
Perhaps. He knew me. He knew I would love her more than the waking world. But there was more to it than that. Perhaps in the end he did it - to show me that he could. For he lavished affection on her, there was no doubt about that. Life was very different with madame Claudia, as you can imagine...




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