Interview with the Vampire
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a violent, bloody movie about vampires. Death and murder are main themes and are depicted with a great deal of graphic violence and gore. Because the film is based on a bestselling fiction series and features popular actors Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, and Kirsten Dunst, kids may be familiar with the movie and want to see it.
What's the story?
Famously based on Anne Rice's vampire novels, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE features a scenery-chewing Tom Cruise as gleeful, blood-thirsty villain Lestat. This vampire doesn't just kill humans, but also tortures other vampires via betrayal and mockery. Brad Pitt, as the more conflicted vampire Louis, is a quieter presence on screen. The pair has a vampire daughter, the perennial 11-year-old Claudia, played by actress Kirsten Dunst. Parents should know that Claudia kills humans with the ferocity and glee of Lestat, and her portrayal by an actress popular with tweens and teens increases the possibility that they'll want to see the film.
Is it any good?
Action-packed and frequently engaging, Interview with the Vampire is, at times, a thoughtful examination of the vampire myth so commonly portrayed in horror films. It examines the emotional and moral consequences of the notorious go-to villain, attempting to explain why living forever might be a bad thing while illustrating how killing isn't always a joy for the fictional character. However, at other times, the film uses the vampire myth only to feature horrific acts of bloody violence that aren't thought-provoking in the least. Parents should know that there is a violent murder every few minutes and that blood and gore appear on screen as often as the main characters do.
Interview with the Vampire is a smart, thoughtful film in many ways. Parents will be interested to know that it delves deeply into the consequences of characters' actions and the way they feel about harming others. Still, this interrogation of a common myth in horror cinema is accompanied by a whole lot of guts and grizzle. Viewer beware.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about how the various vampires react to killing others. Why does Louis feel guilty while Lestat does not? Which character do you most identify with? The depictions of slaves can give families an opportunity to talk about stereotypes of black characters in film. Why are the female slaves depicted as sexpots? How are their religious beliefs characterized?