Pretty much since their invention, vampire stories gave people a way to talk about the bestial destructiveness of lust without having to talk impolitely about the actual mechanics of sexuality. Vampires are seductive, immensely powerful, doomed by their own gift, shunned by angels and embraced by demons. Anne Rice made a lot of that subtext into text when she started her incredibly popular series of vampire novels, of which Interview with a Vampire was an adaptation. But even though society is less repressed now, those ideas haven’t diminished in popularity. Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise (and Kirsten Dunst in her first major role as the poor, doomed Claudia) rampage through New Orleans and Paris like sumptuous, moody, Goth forces of nature. If you think of tragic beauty when you think of vampires, you can thank Anne Rice for it.
1994 / R / 2h 3m / Horror
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