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Interview with the Vampire

drama, horror, sci-fi & fantasy

The undead are among us and livelier than ever when Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and a talented group of young-bloods star in Interview with the Vampire

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Entertaining but gruesomely gory vampire tale.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a violent, bloody movie about vampires. Death and murder are main themes and are depicted with a great deal of graphic violence and gore. Because the film is based on a bestselling fiction series and features popular actors Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, and Kirsten Dunst, kids may be familiar with the movie and want to see it.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how the various vampires react to killing others. Why does Louis feel guilty while Lestat does not? Which character do you most identify with? The depictions of slaves can give families an opportunity to talk about stereotypes of black characters in film. Why are the female slaves depicted as sexpots? How are their religious beliefs characterized?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

4 stars

It's been a while since I saw this (or read the book), but I kind of feel that this is pretty much on par with the source material. There are some differences, but it definitely helps that Anne Rice penned both this and the book. As far as a vampire movie goes, I really like this onebecause the lore and the world are established quite well, and things are handled in a great way. This is an eerie, atmospheric gothic chiller that is great to look at, and makes nods to the past, but still has enough sex appeal and violence to bring it u to speed with conteporary cinema. Tom Cruise may be a joke now, but he gives an okay performance here (even though it's a little hammy). Brad Pitt is pretty good as the tortured Louis, but for me, I really like Kirsten Dunst as the chilling yet alluring Claudia. Too bad very few (if any) of her later performances got to the level of the one she gives here. Besides having a good story, great writing, strong direction, and decent perforamcnes, the real stars here are the set design, art direction, and the costumes. This is a period piece costume drama that rocks, and I highly recommend it.

- cosmo313, Saturday, August 14, 2010

5 stars

Interview with The Vampire is one of the most intriguing vampire films ever made. Based on Anne Rice's novel of the same name, Interview With The Vampire is a beautiful tale of horror. Told on screen by director Neil Jordon, this film is exquisite in every sense of the word. Tom Cruise is amazing in his performance as Lestat and so is is Brad Pitt in his performance as Louis. This film is a dramatic departure from the traditional vampire flick. The film still boasts enough gore to keep the traditional horror fans interested, but be warned this is not traditional horror. I found it very different but still, it does manages to scare and the film oozes with romantic, Gothic overtones. In the end, Interview With The Vampire is a new breed of vampire tale, a horror film with character and drama.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Wednesday, June 9, 2010

4 stars

Epic storyline with some amazing set pieces. Full review later.

- TomBowler, Wednesday, February 3, 2010