Interview with the Vampire
We begin our run of Halloween episodes with a look back at Neil Jordan's adaptation of Anne Rice's bestselling novel Interview with the Vampire. The film was a big hit back in 1994, but efforts to capitalize on its success and turn The Vampire Chronicles into a franchise were somewhat in vain (get used to vampire puns btw).
Which leaves this one, at least for the time being, as something of an anomaly. So has it aged as well as its lead characters? Have the numerous knock-offs or glut of other vampire fiction softened the edges of material that felt so shocking at the time?
Topics include: Rice's objections to Tom Cruise being cast as Lestat, why Brad Pitt felt betrayed by the script, key differences between the film and the novel, what went wrong with the follow-up Queen of the Damned, a simple fix for the somewhat sluggish second half, whether or not TV is a better medium for this series, and much much more!