The undead duo in “Interview with the Vampire,” Lestat de Lioncourt (Tom Cruise) and Louis de Pointe du Lac (Brad Pitt), share the curse of blood-sucking immortality. Nevertheless, while the previous enjoy his cruel acts, the latter is quite weighed down by a sticking around human conscience. As the ramifications of Louis’ deal with the devil start to strike home, he dedicates his continuous life expectancy to gaining a better understanding of what he now is. Despite being a pale, cat-eyed creature of the night, Louis’ quest for significance is undoubtedly human, and it’s one that many viewers should connect to– on some level, a minimum of.
From the death of his precious (if sadistic) adopted daughter, Claudia (Kirsten Dunst), to the agonizing discovery that there may not be a response to the concern he’s invested his afterlife trying to resolve, Louis’ journey is not without its own share of catastrophe. To make matters worse, a sense of inevitable guilt travels with him the whole time the way, like the ghost of the mortal life he left behind.
“He was half-human and half-vampire but he never ever rather lost his human component and perspective,” suggested the movie’s director, Neil Jordan, during an interview with SciFiNow celebrating the film’s 25th anniversary. “That’s what I liked about it which’s what I tried to do the motion picture about.”