August 1, 2011
Warner Home Video
The year is 1978, and Daniel Malloy is about to conduct the interview of a lifetime. His subject is Louis, a beautiful but tormented vampire whose mortal life was changed forever one night in New Orleans, circa 1790. On that night he was transformed into a blood-sucking creature by the golden-haired Lestat, a selfish vampire who is the embodiment of evil. The moralistic Louis however does not relish being a vampire, unable to kill humans for blood. Later, the duo transform a child named Claudia into a vampire. Claudia however suffers even more than the angst-ridden Louis, because while she matures and becomes a woman mentally and emotionally, physically she resembles a young girl. Filled with hatred for Lestat, the headstrong Claudia and the weak-willed Louis rid themselves of the demonic creature and travel to Paris, where they encounter an underground society of vampires. But these vampires are aware of an evil deed Claudia and Louis committed back in New Orleans, an act which is the worst crime a vampire can commit.
This big-budget film traces the centuries-long relationship between the regal vampire Lestat and his immortal victim, Louis, through a contemporary interview between Louis and a San Francisco journalist. Based on the first of Anne Rice's "Vampire Chronicles" novels. Academy Award Nominations: 2, including Best Art Direction and Best Original Score.
Released in the USA November 11, 1994, "Interview" had an opening weekend gross of nearly $39 million.
From New York Times, 11/30/1994: According to an article from AP, November 29, 1994, "A man stabbed his girlfriend and drank her blood after seeing the movie."
Shot in Technicolor.
Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Classification.
The laserdisc version of the film was the first Warner Home Video Laserdisc release encoded with Dolby Surround AC-3 Digital Stereo.
Film is dedicated to the late River Phoenix, who was slated to play Daniel Malloy before his untimely death.