Monday, October 29, 2012

Scene of the Week - Interview with the Vampire

By Sati. Monday, October 29, 2012 , , , ,
I want some more
directed by Neil Jordan

The scene: After Louis (Brad Pitt) kills little girl named Claudia (Kirsten Dunst) when the thirst overcomes him, Lestat (Tom Cruise) sees the opportunity to create a perfect companion for his innocent hearted friend and another way to manipulate him. He decides to turn Claudia into a vampire, while Louis is present in the room. Louis attempts to stop Lestat but then changes his mind as Lestat starts feeding Claudia his own blood. Louis watches with horror as Claudia suffers and shakes in pain and suddenly she is reborn as a vampire, as her fangs grow and her hair starts to curl. After that she sits up, turns to Louis and Lestat and says "I want some more" referring to blood.

To this day Interview with the Vampire remains one of the best vampire movies ever made. That scene is one of the coolest vampire transformations ever depicted on screen and the image of Claudia's curling hair is unforgettable.



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33 comments:

  1. God, I love that scene. And what an impression Kirsten Dunst made at such an early age. She's come a long way from this to Melancholia which I think is her best performance so far.

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    1. She gave such a great performance here, I liked her in Melancholia but my fav work of hers was All Good Things.

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  2. YES. Great scene! I love this movie, can't help it. One of the best book to movie adaptations ever, alongside LOTRs. Kristen Dunst is fierce.

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    1. I agree, it's such a faithful adaptation, they only missed one chapter. Obviously that omitted chapter was my favorite from the novel, but I can totally understand why they didn't include it.

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  3. Good scene, I love this movie! It's interesting to see two huge hollywood stars playing vampires... and Dunst, so little, so cute, so talented! I like her, she's cool.

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    1. The movie has such a great cast and surprisingly Cruise was really terrific as Lestat, though the film tried a little too hard to make him into horror movie monster halfway through.

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  4. Great choice. That's a very creepy scene. I need to rewatch this.

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    1. Thanks! I saw this movie so many times, one of my all time favorites.

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  5. This gets me excited for the newest vampire flick by Neil Jordon... "Byzantium". Who knows, these two movies could have your next "Visual Parallels" in store.

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    1. Yes! I can't wait to see it, I heard mixed things but I'm sure Ronan is excellent in it.

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  6. This is one of my favorite vampire film and though I saw this ages ago, I definitely remember this scene. I think both Cruise and Pitt were fantastic in this film and I'm not even a big fan of either. Pitt's expression as he witnesses Kirsten Dunst's transformation is priceless! Great post, Sati!

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    1. Thank you! I still cannot believe Cruise and Pitt were nominated for Razzie for worst couple, this is nuts! They were both great in the movie, especially Cruise.

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    2. Ahah, a Razzie?? That's harsh, I don't think they deserve it! I think even Anne Rice was pleased with the casting and adaptation.

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    3. Exactly, I was shocked when I checked awards list on imdb. If anything Cruise deserved some big awards for his work as Lestat.

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  7. I didn't see this movie, but I remember this as being one of the most powerful scenes in the novel. Great post!

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    1. You should check it out, very good adaptation!

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  8. Undeniably one of the best past to present modernization of vampires! I recently took a vampire tour in New Orleans (being a tourist in my own city, I know), and there's a significant amount of "vampire history" in the city. I had no clue. Love this movie.

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    1. Oh My God! You live in New Orleans? I'm so jealous! I'd love to go there one day, seems like such a magical place!

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    2. Yes! The Courtney-Tippi blog duo hail from NOLA and DC!

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    3. Damn, If I lived there I would just spend most of every single day exploring the place ^^

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  9. Great choice Sati. I lOved this film when I first seen it years ago. It's been a while but I recently got my hands on another copy. Can't wait to get around to it again. Love Cruise as Lestat as well. He doesn't get enough credit for this role.

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    1. Thanks! His Lestat is such a terrific performance, probably my favorite of his along with Vanilla Sky. He totally nailed the part, it was as if Lestat from the novel came to "life" :)

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  10. Really need to see this. I love Dunst and Pitt.

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    1. I think you'll like this one - such a great movie and it hasn't aged a bit.

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  11. Great choice! I remembered how creepy the scene was. And it was one of Dunst's best performance.

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    1. Thanks! I agree, definetly in my top 3 of her performances.

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  12. A great film- too cheesy in some parts for me, but overall very good! Loved Dunst and Pitt in this one!

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    1. Glad you like it! It's been my favorite vampire movie for years now.

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  13. I had forgotten Kirsten Dunst was in it! I haven't watched Interview with the Vampire in a decade. I remember at the time finding it an entertaining watch, maybe I'll rewatch it for next Halloween!

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    1. You definetly should, it's such a terrific movie. I hope Byzantium is at least half this good.

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  14. I might have seen Dunst in Jumanji before I saw her in this (can't remember now), but I do remember being impressed with this child playing not only a believable adult, be a believable century old creature. I think she got a Golden Globe nomination out of it - not bad for a 10-12 year old.

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    1. Yeah, she showed real promise here! This is one of my favorite performances given by a child.

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  15. Great post, Kirsten Dunst was so amazing in this movie, wasn't she.

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