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Feature 8.6
Video 8.0
Audio 8.0
Total 8.5
Distributor: Warner Bros
Running Time: 118 minutes
Classification: M15+

8.5


Interview with a Vampire


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This 1994 movie is based on the best seller "Interview with a Vampire" by Anne Rice that also caused quite a controversy due to the implied homosexual relationship between two male vampires. At the time, political correctness was still a buzz word that since then has been embraced by society, ensuring less victimization of minority groups. Whether this has worked is another question and apart from this quick snapshot of social commentary, Interview with a Vampire was a horror thriller that not only challenged the current dribble of horror movies, it proved to the world that this genre could be professionally written for mainstream.

The tale involves two vampires, the flamboyant immortal Lestat (Tom Cruise) who has been on this Earth for many centuries and the subtle yet moralistically correct Louis (Brad Pitt). Interview with a Vampire is the fall and rise of Louis within the world of man and vampires who is lured by Lestat to become a vampire through some unquestionable tactics. Louis eventually becomes the protégé of Lestat, however both their lives are changed when they meet a young girl (Kirsten Dunst) who has been turned and to compound the situation, will never experience "growing up".

Masterfully directed by Neil Jordan, he brings forth a variety of vampire myths to the film that also focuses on a variety of different eras and countries. The most memorable scene in the movie is the torture and murder of a French girl that is made to look like a play, however the actors are vampires and the girl is an innocent who is being watched by the French aristocrat humans. It's these little twists and scenes that make Interview with a Vampire such a compelling movie and the twist at the end is priceless.

It's a shame that Interview with a Vampire never spawned a true sequel as Cruise and Pitt are brilliant as these two damned immortals who begin as friends and eventually become adversaries. The movie features some strong performances by Antonio Banderas, Christan Slater and Thandie Newton and it's good to see that many of the actors in this movie have moved onto bigger and better things.

On Blu-ray the video and audio is quite exceptional for a film that is over 15 years and on our high definition screen, it looked quite stellar that is equally matched through the surround sound which the movie fully utilized. Definitely the "thinking" man or woman's horror movie!






 
 



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