Seeing as we just past the darkest day of the year, it seems fitting the Tom Cruise movie Interview With A Vampire was honored by the folks at Screen Junkies as their top pick for all-time vampire film! Tom’s starring turn as Lestat de Lioncourt led a star-studded cast in the 1994 scary movie based on the book by novelist Anne Rice. Arguably the only horror movies Tom’s starred in – his cold-blooded character still sends shivers down our skin!
As you can see from the video clip above, Lestat was no joke!
Interview With A Vampire also saw one of the earlier starring roles for Brad Pitt – and easily the earliest for then-child star Kirsten Dunst. Anyone who’s seen an Ocean’s 11 or Spider Man movie may know who those two are. Also featured in the cast of the Neil Jordan-directed movie are Antonio Banderas, Christian Slater and Tom’s co-star from Mission Impossible II, Thandie Newton.
The movie begins with Louis (Pitt) recounting his life to a reporter (Slater) in San Francisco – breaking down the details of how he became a vampire and more than a century of drama that followed.
What separated Interview With A Vampire from the vampire movies before it was how the plot revealed the secret life of vampires – telling the story from their perspective. We learned through Louis and Lestat exactly how a vampire survived – and the morally ambiguous world they were forced to survive in and the eternity they had to ponder it. More than just scary moments to make us jump from our seats, Interview With A Vampire helps us question the desire for immortality and the very nature of existence.
Whoa, someone throw us an inner tube, it just got deep!
Other films making the list for best vampire movies span the gamut from silent-era screamers like Nosferatu to over-the-top camp of cult classic Buffy The Vampire Slayer. You may be shocked by the choices, but in a weird way they make sense in that each broke new ground on what is pretty well-worn territory for a genre film.
If you’re not easily spooked, we’re sure you’ll want to check out the Interview With A Vampire trailer below to see what we’re talking about. For the uninitiated, it may expand what you believe a vampire movie could be:
That’s got our interest piqued! If you want to see more from the film, you may consider picking up a copy of the DVD for your home. That way you can watch it while the sun’s high in the sky. :p
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Where does Interview With A Vampire rank on your list of favorite vampire movies? Or on your list of movies in general? Drop a line in the comments section and let us know!
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