Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles

Corrected entry: Throughout the whole movie, all vampire characters are able to be seen in mirrors, however, isn't it the myth that vampires do not have a reflection?

Correction: Since vampires don't exist, the abilities vampires do and do not have are up to the screenwriters and producers.


Corrected entry: Claudia implores Louis to take Madeline (to become a vampire) as she herself doesn't have the strength. Claudia took a toy shop owner, obese woman at a carriage stop, a prostitute, her seamstress and her piano teacher, all unwilling victims. Why does Claudia now not have the strength to take Madeline, a woman who willingly wants to become Claudia's vampire mother?

Correction: Claudia doesn't have the strength to create vampires because she was turned so young. Her ability to kill people is unaffected by her youth.


Corrected entry: In the scene at Louis' plantation, Lestat grabs and kills a rat, drains its dead blood into a glass and hands it to Louis to drink. Louis drinks it and suffers none of the effects later shown in the movie that are associated with the drinking of dead blood. More importantly this also contradicts Lestat later who says in the movie 'never drink from the dead', to 'drink before the heart stops' and 'you let me drink dead blood'.

Correction: The rat died after its blood was drained, not before. That means its blood was still alive when Louis drank it.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Brad Pitt meets Kirsten Dunst for the first time and her "mom" is dying from the plague, the plague had ended by then and was pretty much only in Europe. (00:36:30 - 00:38:00)

Correction: "Plague" is, in addition to being the term for a specific disease, also a generic term used to describe any form of epidemic disease. At the time the move depicts, common people did not know very much about medicine, and so any lethal epidemic, like a violent case of the flu, would be described as a "plague".


Except the mother's corpse has visible boils or "buboes" associated with the bubonic plague.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Claudia cuts off her hair and than screams when it grows back, when she runs into the room and closes the door you can see a crew member through the window on the upper righthand side of the screen.

Correction: That is not a crew member. It is only Louis's reflection, note the same clothes he's wearing.

Corrected entry: During the scene where Claudia is throwing a fit and screaming, she cuts her hair and then throws the scissors down. Then she runs into her room and screams when she sees that her hair has grown back. After that, she comes storming out of her room, with the scissors in her hand. (00:53:05)

Correction: Claudia throws the scissors down, and then runs to her room. She then has a DAGGER in her hand, if you pause the movie right as Lestat's face is healing, you can tell it isn't the scissors. She uses the same dagger later on to slit Lestat's throat.

Corrected entry: Louis uses (Red?) Diesel to burn the vampires in France, and is seen to ignite as soon as the flames from the candles touch it. Diesel has to warm up first before it can ignite, unlike gasoline. (01:41:10)

Craig Wilson

Correction: He doesn't use red diesel fuel, he uses red wine. The alcohol in the wine will light quite easily, causing instant flames.

Corrected entry: At the end, when Daniel Malloy puts on the cassette, you can hear that the first words recorded were Louis's "1791 was the year it happened." Yet, in the start of the film, when Louis actually says the words, Daniel's recorder has already been on for a few minutes and has earlier lines on it. (00:03:35 - 01:55:30)

Correction: He probably didn't rewind it all the way, and it happened to start at that point.

Corrected entry: How is it that Louie can survive by eating rats for ages and still look human (i.e. not looking like a huge rat) but when Lestat is 'killed' after drinking the blood from dead bodies and is dumped in the swamp and survives by killing and drinking the blood of the alligator his appearance is drastically changed upon his unexpected return?

Correction: Lestat looking different had nothing to do with the blood that he was drinking. He looked like that because he had not completely healed from Claudia's attack (his body had drained of all of it's blood). It would have taken a very, very long time for him to recover in the swamp. The animal's blood was helping him, but he would need human blood (or another vampire's blood) to heal quicker. In Anne Rice's vampire universe, it takes a while to heal that much and extensive damage.

Bruce Minnick

Corrected entry: At the scene where Lestat grabs a rat, kills it, drains its blood into a glass and hands it over to Louis to drink, Louis drinks it and dribbles blood down his chin. The camera switches to Lestat and then back to Louis. The blood is gone.

Correction: When Louis changes into a vampire in the graveyard, the blood that was on his chin disappears on camera. The same thing could happen here. It's just a vampire perk.

Corrected entry: After Lestat is put into the swamp, Claudia and Louis book for passage to Europe. On the day that they are scheduled to leave, Louis finds a few caged birds that he forgot about. Louis tells Claidia to set them free. As she opens the door/window, you can see a car with headlights pass by through the window. This was supposed to be before cars were invented!

Correction: I've checked this frame by frame and I think it's a reflection of a light source in the room. It is given the appearance of motion by the door beginning to open. Note that the light appears to move from right to left, yet it cannot be seen through the glass of the left half of the doors as it would if it were passing by outside.

Corrected entry: At the scene where Claudia and Madeleine is burnt by the sun, you see the sunlight at the floor of the well. This is only possible if the sun is in zenith (a 90 degree angle to the earth), which only occurs near the equator. Since this was in Paris, such a phenomenon would not occur.

Correction: If you're talking about how we see the sunlight inch closer and closer towards them, this was done for dramatic purposes. Many vampire movies and shows have used that effect. If they were to be realistic about it then it would take longer than the movie or show lasts.

Corrected entry: I don't know that much about vampires, but in the scene where Claudia and Madeline are in the pit trying to get away from the sunlight, couldn't they have hidden under their very long dresses? Madeline's was especially long. This would have kept them out of the direct sunlight.

Correction: When Louis runs into the well to find them both dead, their dresses are burnt also. That could either have been from when their bodies burnt, or the sunlight was able to pass through the dresses. Maybe it's to do with heat *and* the light.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Louis is transforming into a vampire, he finally stops crawling around and lies on the ground. There are two leaves in his hair on either side of his head. We then see a shot of Lestat and then back to Louis and the leaves are gone. (00:13:40)

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Lestat: Should we put out the light? And then put out the light. But once put out thy light, I cannot give it vital breath again. It needs must wither.

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Question: Why did they decide to go with an older looking Armand? I thought the rules about vampire children would have seemed more apparent if the audience could see that he was one, so why the change?

Answer: The first problem was finding a child actor capable of playing the role - Armand is an extraordinarily complex character and it's highly questionable that a child actor could have played him to the requirements of the script. Secondly, there are some extremely homosexual overtones in the relationship between Louis and Armand (and, for that matter, Louis and Lestat) - while the film just about manages to get away with the relationship between Louis and Claudia, it's extremely likely that there would have been major problems with the censors and critics at any attempt to portray the relationship between Louis and a child Armand. The requirements of the story dictated that Claudia needed to be a child, but there's nothing that insists the same for Armand - hence the eventual decision to up his age.


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