INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE (25th anniversary)
(1994, US, 123 min., 35mm) Neil Jordan
A monstrous success upon its release 25 years ago, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE contained all the ingredients to satisfy a blood-thirsty public: adapted from a best-selling novel by one of the most popular writers of modern gothic literature, Anne Rice, and directed a brilliant director who had already flirted with the genre in his COMPANY OF WOLVES and HIGH SPIRITS. Chilling practical special effects are supplied by a master in his domain, Stan Winston (ALIENS, TERMINATOR., THE THING) while the thunderous cast comprises such big names as Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst, Antonio Banderas and Christian Slater. All upstaged at points by Jordan movie regular, Stephen Rae.
Although this epic film is anchored in the present, it spans 200 years. Louis de Pointe Du Lac (Pitt), a vampire, agrees to an interview with a modern day journalist, promising to reveal his life starting from the moment he meets Lestat (Cruise), the one who transformed him into a vampire. Having a moral dilemma around his newfound lust for blood, he then transforms a 10-year-old girl (Dunst) in order to save her life.
To be clear, this film is much more than a Hollywood horror super-production. Essentially, through the numerous victims of our protagonists, we discover something atmospheric and melancholic on solitude and eternal life. The promise of immortality may seem like an appealing offer but not all in this story are given it by choice. Each must learn in their own manner what Woody Allen means by ‘‘Eternity is rather long, especially towards the end.’’ To celebrate its 25th anniversary come view an opulent 35mm print that, like a vampire, has barely shown any signs of aging. And dare we say it; to not attend this rare screening would be a grave missed stake!
Admission is $8, $6 for seniors and students. Cash only. Coffee, tea and desserts available at intermission. Box office opens at 6pm.