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Interview with the Vampire

Movie review by
Hollis Griffin, Common Sense Media
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Entertaining but gruesomely gory vampire tale.
  • R
  • 1994
  • 123 minutes
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 16 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

No positive role models. 


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. 


Female nudity: full frontal. 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.


Occasional: "Hell," "damn." 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One of the main characters drinks alcohol in order to get drunk, though consequences are depicted. A vampire drugs two victims with laudanum. Cigarette smoking. 

What 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. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAndy P. June 10, 2018

Disgusting, disturbing, mysogynistic

I don't understand how people watch movies like this and enjoy it - they must be sick in the head.... It's definitely not a movie for children. In on... Continue reading
Parent of a 5, 9, 11, and 14 year old Written byJamesRobertson January 4, 2009
Teen, 13 years old Written byink January 22, 2010
Teen, 14 years old Written byAnimeGirl-Nikki May 8, 2011

Now THESE are vampires - no Twilight romance here. For Teens+

In 'Interview with the Vampire', centuries-old vampire Louis (pronounced Louie) runs into a reporter around the mid 90s (when the film was made) prove... Continue reading

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.

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.

Talk to your kids 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? 

  • Did the movie need to be as graphically violent as it was? Could it have been just as scary and suspenseful without all the blood, the bites, the bodies? 

  • What would be the challenges in adapting a best-selling novel into a movie? If you've read the book, how was the movie different from the book? 

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For kids who love horror

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