->''"Drink from me and live forever..."''
A 1994 period horror film, based on the 1976 novel of the same name by Creator/AnneRice, the first in her ''Literature/TheVampireChronicles'' series. The film was directed by Neil Jordan, and stars Creator/TomCruise, Creator/BradPitt, Creator/AntonioBanderas, Creator/ChristianSlater, and Creator/KirstenDunst. It was a box office hit, generating a little over $100 million in domestic receipts.
The movie's framing story centers on a newspaper reporter named Daniel Molloy (Slater), interviewing a man named Louis (Pitt) who claims to be a vampire. Molloy is [[AgentScully unconvinced]] of Louis's claim until his subject displays feats of inhuman speed. He agrees to interview Louis, who then relates his previous life as a noble, and subsequent unlife as a vampire, turned by Lestat (Cruise).
Although Lestat teaches his pupil the ways of vampires and how to hunt mortals for their blood, at first Louis resists his vampire urges, preferring to prey on rats and other animals rather than biting humans, but finally succumbs to his appetites, biting and killing his housemaid. Afterwards, Louis attempts to kill himself by burning down his estate, but Lestat drags him out and they escape to New Orleans, renting an apartment together.
While Louis continues to be wrecked with guilt at his own urges, Lestat has embraced his nature, even taunting Louis by turning a young child named Claudia (Dunst) into a vampire [[BabiesMakeEverythingBetter so Louis will never leave him]]. Like any great domestic drama, things only get worse from here...
!! I am going to give you the tropes I never had:
* AdaptationDyeJob: Armand is a seventeen-year-old red-head in the book, but played by the dark-haired Spaniard Antonio Banderas.
* AffablyEvil: Lestat, at least towards Louis and Claudia.
* AllPartOfTheShow: The French Théâtre des Vampires kill mortals onstage in front of a human audience, who believe the deaths to be all part of the show.
* AlmostKiss: Between Louis and Armand.
* AndIMustScream / TailorMadePrison: Attempted on Louis by the French vamps.
* TheBabyTrap: Of sorts. Louis thinks that Lestat's main reason for turning Claudia is to keep him from leaving.
* BerserkButton: Louis does not take well to being asked to make a vampire.
* BreakingAndBloodsucking: Inverted, Claudia is brought home after Louis nearly kills her, Lestat turning the girl as a gift. For her first meal, Lestat summons a maid to Claudia's bedroom, who he hypnotizes and drapes over the bed for his new daughter to feed on.
* CallBack: Lestat once comments that all he needs to do to find Louis is to follow the trail of rat corpses. [[spoiler: When he finds Lestat at the end of the film, he follows a trail of dead rats into the house and up the stairs.]]
* CreepyChild: Claudia, due to being an UndeadChild who will never grow up.
* CurseThatCures: Twice, coupled with hints of EmergencyTransformation. Lestat offers Louis vampirism since it'll cure him of his illness (depression and despair in the film), and later Lestat tempts Louis that he can save Claudia the same way when she is dying of the plague.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Louis owns a plantation and slaves. For all his morality he's still a man of his time who sees nothing wrong with this. That said he does treat the slaves on the plantation with kindness [[spoiler: and frees them before burning down his house.]]
* DiagonalCut: Louis does this with a scythe to [[spoiler: Santiago, making him HalfTheManHeUsedToBe.]]
* DiegeticSwitch: At the end, [[spoiler:Lestat cuts off the tape of Louis's interview]] and tunes the radio to "Sympathy for the Devil" by Music/TheRollingStones. The song plays through the end credits.
* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: Daniel utterly fails to understand the main point that Louis was trying to get across to him when he asks if he can become a vampire. Louis has just spent the night detailing to him how much his un-life sucks, yet Daniel can only see how cool it is to live forever. Louis flips out and leaves the interview when he hears that.
* ElegantGothicLolita: Claudia, doomed to be forever seven or eight, dresses in the best couture that Victorian fashion can provide.
* EnfanteTerrible: Claudia, who becomes a charming and vicious little sociopath after becoming a vampire.
* ExpositionOfImmortality: Lestat, Louis and Claudia all move through decades and centuries without aging or changing in the slightest. ''Interview'' is, in and of itself, a book of ExpositionOfImmortality; since it's about a vampire telling a reporter the story of his unlife and all the things and times gone by he remembers living through.
* ExpressiveHair: Claudia's hair becomes curled and doll-like when she is turned into a vampire. Thereafter, whenever she tries to trim it, it grows back the same way.
* FanDisservice: Ordinarily, a fully nude woman would be arousing, but not when a group of vampires is going to feed on her.
* GenreDeconstruction: Of the vampire genre.
** Claudia and Lestat both have long curly blonde hair, and are both evil to the core.
** On the other hand, Louis's dark blonde hair is straight, and he's far less villanous, but never reaches the HairOfGoldHeartOfGold archetype.
* GoodNightSweetPrince: "May flights of devils wing thee to thy rest!"
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Santiago, courtesy of a scythe-wielding Louis.
* IHateYouVampireDad: Louis has... mixed feelings towards Lestat, both loving him for giving him the "Dark Gift" and essentially saving him from despair and death, and hating him for condemning him to an un-life of sterility.
* ILoveYouVampireSon: Lestat, meanwhile, loves Louis deeply, even if he hides it behind cruelty and sarcasm.
* ImportantHaircut: Claudia refuses to be Lestat's doll by cutting off her golden locks, but they grow right back.
* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty: Averted with Claudia, who's 5 [[AgeLift (or 11)]] when she becomes a vampire and stays that way.
* InherentInTheSystem: The psychological weight of having to drink the blood of the living drives Louis to try to commit suicide. He compromises by feeding off rats, while Lestat stays sane by feeding off "evildoers."
* JerkAss: Lestat
** In the cemetery, Lestat lunging toward Louis and sucking his blood.
** Later, after Lestat supposedly dies and Louis and Claudia are getting ready to leave Louisiana, Louis goes to answer the door but finds nobody there. Suddenly, a decrepit Lestat attacks him.
* KissOfTheVampire: The prostitute was certainly enjoying herself before discovering that Lestat is a messy eater.
* KillItWithFire: [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Louis burns the French vampires and their theatre for killing Claudia]].
* LargeHam: Virtually every single one of Lestat's lines falls under this category, with a few choice contributions from Louis.
** "For [[PunctuatedForEmphasis DO. NOT. DOUBT!!!]] You are a KILLER, Louis!"
** "And YES YOUR MASTER IS THE DEVIL!"
** This is actually a large part of Lestat's character appeal; his longer life-span in the books is often chalked up to the fact that, despite not being as tortured and sympathetic as Louis, he is far more entertaining. At some points in the books he even seems to acknowledge this about himself.
* LesbianVampire: Gender-flipped. Lestat making Louis a vampire is all but an outright seduction.
* LonelyDollGirl: Claudia has a whole bunch of dolls, which serve well to hide the body of the woman she killed out of envy for her grown-up body.
* NeverGrewUp: Claudia, who is stuck permanently at the physical age of twelve, upped from six in the original book.
* NotGrowingUpSucks: A major reason Claudia is the way she is.
* OffscreenTeleportation: Used by Louis to put the fear of God into Malloy. He explains it as superspeed.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: In the film at least, vampires have super strength and speed (so fast that humans cannot even see them move) which increases as they age with no defined limit. They also have other powers like mind-reading and walking on walls, but such abilities vary from vampire to vampire. They can't transform into animals like bats or wolves, but one of them is shown to be able to fly (or at least [[PowerFloats levitate]]). They don't spread "the dark gift" purely by biting; they have to mix their blood with the victim, a la Dracula. They stop aging when they are turned, making [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld ancient child]] vampires possible, and forbidden to create. Their unchanging nature is exemplified when their hair is cut: it immediately grows back to the way it was at the time they were turned. Interestingly, they do cast reflections.\\\
All the "traditional" methods of dealing with vampires like wooden stakes through the heart, holy symbols, crosses, holy water, garlic, silver, etc. are dismissed by Louis as "nonsense," implying that they have no vulnerability to them. They find it necessary to sleep through the day in coffins, though are shown awake indoors during the day on occasion. Sunlight still burns them to a crisp and it is shown that [[OffWithHisHead decapitation]] or [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe bisection]] will kill them, but it seems that only another vampire has the strength and speed to kill one. Fire will also (eventually) kill them, but not always, depending on how quickly they act to put out the flames.\\\
They require copious amounts of blood every night to survive, with humans as their largest supply. They can [[VegetarianVampire survive on animals]], but that diet only keeps them just above starvation. They can only consume "live" blood, coming from victims whose hearts are still beating. Consuming "dead" blood from a corpse will weaken them considerably, if not outright kill them (older vampires like Lestat appear to be strong enough to survive the consumption of dead blood). Vampires in the film are extremely rare and seem to be unable to psychologically endure immortality for long (or adapt quickly enough to the changing world), the oldest one being merely 400 years old.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Louis to Lestat. Even the novels point out that Louis retains more humanity than any other vampire, and that he actually ''cares'', which one could argue that makes his introverted, introspective tale much more compelling than Lestat, who became a rock star.
* PimpedOutDress: Claudia wears a few, as well as several other upper class women.
* PragmaticAdaptation: In the book Claudia was about five or six when she was turned; in the film she's substantially older, because there's no way you could get a five year old to pull off what was required for the role. Likewise, Armand was aged up from 17 to remove pedophilic overtones from his relationship with Louis.
* PragmaticVillainy: At one point Lestat scolds and berates Claudia for killing a seamstress after she pricked her finger... because now they they will have to find someone else to finish the expensive dress she was making for Claudia. Lestat even asks her to show "a little more practicality."
* PrimalStance: Before attacking they turn beastly. You rarely see a vampire stroll across the ceiling, hands in his pockets and whistling; they're almost always growling, breathing heavily, and salivating.
* TheQueensLatin: A variation. Cruise, Dunst, and Pitt all speak with cultivated American diction, when all three should be speaking French.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Claudia.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Louis after Claudia gets turned to ashes by the French vampires.
* RomanticVampireBoy: Or at least Lestat wants to be.
* SanctuaryOfSolitude: Louis visits the church on his old plantation. It's a rare case of self-inflicted LastSecondChance.
* SinisterScythe: One of the French vampires uses a scythe when playing death in the "Théâtre des Vampires", using it to cut things on stage. It is later used by Louis in his RoaringRampageOfRevenge against said French vampires, with lethal effects.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Armand has a little boy that he keeps around to drink from. In the book he's killed off fairly inconsequentially; in the film he's last seen as the coach driver that drives Armand and Louis away from the burning theatre.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Neil Jordan had previously directed the film ''Film/TheCompanyOfWolves'' based on the short story collection by Angela Carter. It heavily involved werewolves, and he intended to adapt some of her vampire stories as well, until her death made this impossible. He mentions in the DVDCommentary for ''Interview'' that this film was the one he made in place of it.
* SuperStrength: Vampires have supernatural strength, but Louis seems to be the strongest of all.
* TaintedVeins: One of the telltale signs of vampires when seen in strong light.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Louis.
* TranslationConvention: All languages are presented in English.
* UndeadChild: Claudia.
* VegetarianVampire: Lestat wouldn't call it living; he'd call it ''surviving''. And Louis demonstrates that it is not enough to sate a vampire.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever[=/=]LivingForeverIsAwesome: The reaction to immortality varies among the characters with Louis finding himself torn between the two tropes. Interestingly Armand mentions that the vast majority of vampires grow weary of immortality and decide to embrace death rather than go on, which is likely one of the reasons their numbers are not greater.
** Initially Claudia embraces her "dark gift" with a great amount of murderous zeal and loves being spoiled by her adopted vampire parents. However as she matures mentally she comes to realise the long-term implications of physically being a child forever and deeply resents she will never experience being a woman.