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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
While some of the vampire characters feel guilty about killing others, more of them crave and love it.
Positive Role Models
No real positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent violence. Nearly every scene features at least one vampire attack, if not graphically shown, then strongly implied. Guns pulled. Knives used. Louis burns his mansion down after killing one of his slaves. Throat-slitting. Decapitations. Poodles killed by vampire desperate for blood. Same with rats.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Full frontal female nudity. References to prostitutes and incest, as well as strong sexual overtones. Scene in which a prostitute is on the verge of engaging in oral sex with one of the lead characters.
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Occasional: "Hell," "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One of the main characters drinks alcohol in order to get drunk; consequences are depicted. A vampire drugs two victims with laudanum. Cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Interview with the Vampire is a 1994 horror drama based on the Anne Rice novel. Make no mistake: 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 in nearly every scene. In addition to the human killing and attempted vampire killing via such manners as throat-slitting, decapitation, and sunshine, a vampire desperate for blood who doesn't want to kill humans turns to poodles and rats instead at first. Full-frontal female nudity. Strong sexual undertones and insinuations throughout. Lestat seems to be on the verge of a menage a trois with prostitutes before he kills them; in another, he seduces a younger man as Louis seduces an older woman. Louis consorts with prostitutes before and after becoming a vampire. Some drinking, cigarette smoking, two victims drugged with laudanum. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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