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This article is about the 1976 Anne Rice novel. For the 1994 film, see Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles.Interview with the Vampire  
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Anne RiceCountryUnited StatesLanguageEnglishSeriesThe Vampire ChroniclesSubject(s)VampiresGenre(s)Gothic fictionHorror fictionPublisherAlfred A. KnopfPublication dateApril 12, 1976Pages340ISBN0394498216OCLC Number2132415Followed byThe Vampire LestatInterview with the Vampire is a vampire novel by Anne Rice written in 1973 and published in 1976. It was the first novel to feature the enigmatic vampire Lestat, and was followed by several sequels, collectively known as The Vampire Chronicles. A film version, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, was released in 1994 starring Brad PittKirsten DunstAntonio BanderasChristian Slater and Tom Cruise.

To date, the novel has sold some 8 million copies worldwide.[1]Plot summaryA vampire named Louis tells his 200-year-long life story to reporter Daniel Molloy (who is only referred to as "the boy" in the novel).

In 1790, Louis was a young indigo plantation owner living south of New OrleansLouisiana. Distraught with his brother's death, he seeks death in any way possible. Louis is approached by a vampire named Lestat, who desires Louis' company. Lestat turns Louis into a vampire (although initially Louis merely begs to be killed) and the two become immortal companions. Lestat spends some time feeding off the local plantation slaves while Louis, who finds it morally impossible for him to murder humans to survive, feeds from animals.

Louis and Lestat are forced to leave when Louis' slaves begin to fear the monsters with which they live and instigate an uprising. Louis sets his own plantation aflame; he and Lestat exterminate the plantation slaves to keep word from spreading about vampires living in Louisiana. Gradually, Louis bends under Lestat's influence and begins feeding from humans. He slowly comes to terms with his vampire nature but also becomes increasingly repulsed by what he perceives as Lestat's total lack of compassion for the humans he preys upon.

Escaping to New Orleans proper, Louis feeds off a plague-ridden young girl one night, no more than four or five years old, whom he finds next to the corpse of her mother. Louis begins to think of leaving Lestat and going his own way. Fearing that, Lestat then turns the girl into a vampire "daughter" for them, to give Louis a reason to stay. She is then given the name "Claudia".

Initially, Louis is horrified that Lestat has turned a child into a vampire, but instantly cares for Claudia tenderly and dotingly. Claudia takes to killing people easily, but over time begins to hate Lestat as she realizes she can never grow up; although her mind matures into that of an intelligent, assertive woman, her body remains that of a five-year-old girl. After 60 years of living together, Claudia hatches a plot to dispose of Lestat by poisoning him and cutting his throat. Claudia and Louis then dump his body into a nearby swamp. After realizing that they seem to now be the only vampires living in America, Claudia desires to travel to Europe with Louis and seek out "Old World" vampires.

As Louis and Claudia prepare to flee to Europe, Lestat appears, having survived and recovered from Claudia's attack, and attacks them in turn. Louis sets fire to their home and barely escapes with Claudia, leaving a furious Lestat to be consumed by the flames.

Arriving in Europe, Louis and Claudia seek out more of their kind. They travel throughout eastern Europe first and do indeed encounter vampires, but these vampires appear to be nothing more than animated corpses, mindless and unintelligible. It is only when they reach Paris that they encounter vampires like themselves - specifically, the 400-year-old vampire Armand and his coven, the Théâtre des Vampires. Inhabiting an ancient theater, Armand and his vampire coven disguise themselves as humans and feed on live, terrified humans in mock-plays before a live human audience (who think the killings are merely a very realistic performance). Claudia is repulsed by these vampires and what she considers to be their cheap theatrics. Santiago, a prominent figure among the vampire coven, suspects Claudia and Louis of killing their maker. One rule among the vampires is death to any vampire who kills their own kind.

Claudia demands that Louis turn a human Parisian dollmaker, Madeleine, into a vampire to serve as both a mother figure and a replacement for Louis (Claudia is convinced that Louis wants to be with Armand and will leave her). Louis at first refuses but, after realizing Claudia's plight, gives in and makes Madeleine into a vampire. Louis, Madeleine and Claudia live together for a brief time but all three are abducted one night by the Theatre vampires. Lestat has arrived - having survived the fire and attempted murder in New Orleans. His accusations against Louis and Claudia result in Louis being locked in a coffin to starve, while Claudia and Madeleine are locked in an open courtyard. Armand arrives and releases Louis from the coffin, but Madeleine and Claudia are burned to death by the rising sun. Louis finds the ashen remains of Claudia and Madeleine and is devastated. He later returns to the Theatre late the following night, burning it to the ground as the sun rises and killing all the vampires inside, and leaves with Armand.

Louis and Armand then travel across Europe together for several years, but Louis never fully recovers from Claudia's death. Tired of the Old World, Louis eventually returns to America and New Orleans in the early 20th century, living as a loner; he feeds off any humans that cross his path but lives in the shadows and never creates another companion for himself.

Telling the boy of one last (which is described in detail by Lestat in later books) encounter with Lestat in New Orleans, Louis ends his tale; after 200 years, he is weary of immortality as a vampire and all the pain and suffering to which he has had to bear witness. The boy, however, seeing only the great powers granted to a vampire, begs to be made into a vampire himself. Infuriated that his interviewer learned nothing from his story, Louis refuses, and attacks the boy, feeding off him and rendering him unconscious. He then vanishes without a trace.

Recovering from the attack, the boy notes the address of the house where Louis last saw Lestat in New Orleans, and then leaves to track down Lestat for himself.

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Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed(November 2010)Before the novel's publication, Anne Rice had sold the film rights to Interview with the Vampire to Paramount Pictures, who did nothing with the property for the ten years of their contract. With Paramount's option expired, Rice moved the film rights to Lorimar Productions, which was taken over by Warner Bros. in 1988. Producer David Geffen purchased the rights for $500,000, and director Neil Jordan co-wrote the script with Rice, with her receiving the sole credit. The film was released in 1994 with Tom Cruise as Lestat, a role he received, much to the original chagrin of Anne Rice, who favoured River Phoenix. When author Anne Rice's thoughts turned to the casting of her screenplay based on her cult novel of the same name, River was her first choice to play the part of Lestat, the vampire. Although director, Neil Jordan agreed with this decision, they were overruled by the studio executives who wanted Tom Cruise for the role instead. River was then re-cast as the journalist and interviewer, Malloy in the film. Brad Pitt starred as Louis, Antonio Banderas co-starred as Armand, as did a young Kirsten Dunst as the child vampire Claudia. Most of the movie's shooting had been completed by October 1993. All that remained were the few scenes involving the interviewer that would then be inserted at various points throughout the film. Production was put on hold for a few weeks whilst River finished working on Dark Blood. Phoenix tragically died from an overdose later that month, and Christian Slater was then cast as the interviewer Molloy. When Slater himself was recast in the role he donated all his fee earned from the movie to River's favorite causes and charities. "That's the only way I could have done it," he said later. In the closing credits, a tribute to River Phoenix was respectively placed in his honor.

The film was a major success, causing a resurgence of interest in the book series and sent Interview with The Vampire back onto the bestseller lists. Rice initially voiced her objections to the casting of Tom Cruise as Lestat (her original choice was River Phoenix).[2] There have also been several slight alterations from the book to the film adaption; one, most notably being, the change from the mortal Louis' despair and grief from his younger brother's death to (in the film) despair and grief over a deceased wife and stillborn child. Other changes include Lestat returning from the swamp with a new accomplice before attacking Louis and Claudia, the deletion of some characters including Lestat's blind father, Louis's family, and the Freniere family, the deletion of Louis and Claudia traveling through Eastern Europe, the shortening of Madeleine's story time, the deletion of Louis entering a church and attacking a priest, the deleting of the part with Lestat having a hand in the deaths of Claudia and Madeleine, Louis finding Lestat with a new vampire who later abandons him as well and the visual portrayal of Armand; in the book, Armand, though actually nearly 400 years old, is said to appear to be a mere boy of seventeen with auburn hair and of Eastern European descent; Banderas fit none of these descriptions, but the events surrounding the character of Armand stayed very near to those of the book.

Queen of the Damned

Queen of the Damned is a 2002 film adaptation of the third novel of Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles series, The Queen of the Damned, although the film contains many plot elements from the latter novel's predecessor, The Vampire Lestat. It stars Aaliyah in the title role and Stuart Townsend as the vampire LestatQueen of the Damned was released six months after Aaliyah's death and is dedicated to her memory.PlotThe vampire Lestat (Stuart Townsend) is awakened from decades of slumber by the sound of a rock band, which he proceeds to take over as lead singer. Achieving international success and planning a massive live concert, Lestat is approached by Marius (Vincent Perez), and warned that the vampires of the world will not tolerate his flamboyant public profile.

Jesse Reeves (Marguerite Moreau), a researcher for a paranormal studies group called the Talamasca, is intrigued by Lestat's lyrics and tells the rest of the group her theory that he really is a vampire. Her mentor takes her aside and tells her they know he is and that a vampire called Marius made him.[2] He also shows her Lestat's journal that he recovered and is now in the Talamasca library. In a flashback to his origins, Lestat recalls how he awoke Akasha (Aaliyah), the first vampire, with his music. Jesse tracks him down to a London vampire club where he confronts her, and she follows him to Los Angeles for the concert, where she gives him back his journal. Shortly after they leave London, Akasha, awakened by Lestat's new music, arrives and torches the club, and all the vampires inside, who want Lestat dead.

At the concert in Death Valley, a mob of vampires attack Lestat and Marius. Akasha bursts through the stage and takes Lestat with her as her new King. Empowered by Akasha's blood, Lestat and the Queen confront the Ancient Vampires at the home of Maharet, Jesse's aunt, who is an ancient vampire herself. The Ancient Vampires were planning to kill Akasha, to save the human world from demise. But Akasha then commands Lestat to kill Jesse. Lestat ostensibly obeys but then turns and begins to drain Akasha's blood with the help of the Ancients. Mael and Pandora are both killed by Akasha's power, and Armand is almost killed but is saved as her powers diminish. Maharet is the last to drink Akasha's blood, and thereby ends up becoming a marble 'statue'. Lestat runs to where Jesse is lying lifeless, and cradling her in his arms, gives her his blood and turns her into a vampire. Jesse, now a vampire, and Lestat then returns the journal to the Talamasca, and walk away, among mortals, into the night. As they exit, Marius enters the Talamasca.

The film closes with a scene of David reading the journal as Marius' voice comes in and says in a cheerful voice "Hello David".