Interview with the Vampire

  • Review Date: November 10, 2005
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 1994
  • Running Time: 123 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Entertaining but gruesomely gory vampire tale.
  • Review Date: November 10, 2005
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 1994
  • Running Time: 123 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

While some of the vampire characters feel guilty about killing others, more of them crave and love it.

Violence

The action is graphic and gory.

Sex

Female nudity, references to prostitutes and incest, as well as strong sexual overtones.

Language

Some.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One of the main characters drinks alcohol in order to get drunk, though consequences are depicted.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 11, 1994
DVD release date:June 6, 2000
Cast:Antonio Banderas, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise
Director:Neil Jordan
Studio:Warner Bros.
Genre:Horror
Run time:123 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:violence, gore, and nudity

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Kid, 11 years old September 2, 2013
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9
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AMAZING! :)

I love this movie! If you watch it, you'll see many aspects that Twilight has stolen and gotten credit for, yet this is SO MUCH BETTER. I can honestly say I don't agree with CSM's review AT ALL. Coming from the kid who is a scary movie phony (love the plots, but doesnt watch the gorey parts), I didnt even wince. The book is terrific as well. There is some explicit nudity, but if your nervous about it, make your kids look away. This movie deserves much more credit than it recieves.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Kid, 10 years old April 7, 2011
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10
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great movie for mature kids

i watched this movie when i was about 5 and i loved it cause i dont get scared easy but other kids i think this would be a little to intense
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written byaidenconvict April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

Very Interesting!!!

Interview with the Vampire, based on the proclaimed novel by Anne Rice, is NOT appropriate for most kids. For mature teenagers at least over 14. There are two scenes with completely nude women. Nothing is covered up, but they are not doing anything. There are a few mildly scary scenes, such as the slashing of a throat, which is bloody. There are also a few slashings of bodies. It can also be depressing,as it is very sad. But it is a worthwile movie to watch if you love vampires!

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