Wednesday, October 12, 2011

GENRE (SPECIAL EDITION): Horror - I

Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) – Neil Jordan

Based on the popular book series by Anne Rice, who also penned the screenplay, this film is a refreshing return to the classical cinematic vampire. At a time when vampires were depicted on screen in campy comedies (Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992), Innocent Blood (1992), and A Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)) Neil Jordan’s interpretation loaned a legitimate, contemporary credibility to the genre. Unlike most films that either villainies or mystify the vampire character this one sheds some surprising, sympathetic insights into their lifestyle. In an odd way the film is sort of a coming of age story as Louie (Brad Pitt) searches for an identity, understanding, and purpose to his new lifeless life. Over the course of the film Louie's attachment to the living slowly deteriorates his relationship with his maker and mentor, Lestat (Tom Cruise). Ultimately, Louie makes peace with his internal demons by accepting that he is one and ironically goes on night after night feeding on the living, reluctant to welcome an actual death, and release from his melancholy existence.



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