Once you get a taste for it, you can’t stop. No, not drinking blood, but contributing to Last Movie Outpost. Not so much eternal life, but our eternal gratitude and the respect of your fellow Outposters awaits. The LeaAnnimator returns and this time she’s been watching Interview With The Vampire. This is the new AMC adaption of the well-loved material.
Here she is with her take on the show.
Interview With The Vampire
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice was first published in 1976. I believe it was around 1992 when I first read the novel. I was a lover of all things horror as a kid (still am) and vampires were my thing.
The book was bought for me as a gift by my then boyfriend, I was maybe in 8th grade. Did I completely understand what I was reading at the time, not really, but I loved it. I devoured the book and it’s follow ups with fan girl like obsession.
I re-read the first 4 books in the series multiple times. I saw the 1994 film and while I enjoyed it, was upset at the way the characters were depicted since they didn’t look the way I envisioned them in my head. Now I see the film as a classic of 90s cinema, very dated with popular actors of the time but still a good film. Way better than that adaptation of Queen of the Damned in my opinion, but that film holds a special place as well.
My only issue with the ‘94 adaptation, as an adult, is the casting of Antonio Banderas as Armand. But this isn’t a review of film adaptations of novels, this is a review of the new Interview with a Vampire series that just started on AMC.
We are now three episodes into the season and I gotta say, I’m digging it. Daniel, the interviewer is much older in the show and we learn that this isn’t his first time talking with Louis de Pointe du Lac. Just like how I am upset with Banderas as Armand, it seems people are upset with the casting of Louis.
I however, am not. It’s Louisiana. It would stand to reason that he could be of Creole/African-American descent. One other major change is the time period, we are told it’s set in 1910.
I don’t have a problem with this, did we want just another rehash of a story we already know? This time period isn’t shown a lot in visual media.
While the episodes can drag at times, over all this is a refreshing take for me. As a die-hard Rice fan for most of my teen years and well into my early 20s, I’m overall pleased with it. The one thing I don’t like, which is a change from the novel, is the fact it seems these vamps do have sex. In the novel and film adaptations the vampires didn’t feel sexual desire in the human way. Their gratification was through the taking of blood. To me, that was always a little classier and not the norm with most vampire depictions.
The casting of Sam Reid as Lestat de Lioncourt is spot on and really is the best thing about this show so far. It does seem they have aged up Claudia, to about 14 but that may be okay, it is yet to be seen. I will to continue to watch this season and look forward to the introduction of my beloved characters to the story.
The have already gave a nod towards Marius in the first episode. I’m gonna continue to watch Interview With The Vampire and see what happens. It has the potential to be desent and breathe new life into the franchise. In the words of Lestat:
“There’s still life in the old lady yet.”