Interview with the Vampire // Season 1. Episodes 1 and 2. In Throes of Increasing Wonder… / … After the Phantoms of Your Former Self.
AMC bought the rights to several Anne Rice novels in order to create the Immortal Universe. Interview with the Vampire is the first series of the famous universe, adapted from Anne Rice’s novel of the same name. You probably already know the story of Interview with the Vampire since in 1994 Neil Jordan (The Borgias, Riviera) adapted the novel for the cinema with Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Christian Slater in the title roles. With all the love I have for the film, I was afraid Interview with the Vampire wouldn’t measure up. Rolin Jones (Perry Mason, Weeds) takes up the story of the novel and modernizes everything in his own way with great pleasure. We find the ultra-literary side of this story and this atmosphere that makes you want to prolong the pleasure with each passing scene.
A young journalist, Malloy, talks in a room with an elegant man, with an aristocratic look and a pale face, Louis, who shares some very strange secrets with him. Malloy, subjugated by the seduction of his interlocutor asks him, at dawn, to make him enter his world, that of the vampires.
Interview with the Vampire manages to justify its existence by being different and at the same time faithful to the original narrative. Louis de Pointe du Lac is a hundred-year-old vampire who agrees to be interviewed by a human reporter: Daniel Molloy. Daniel’s last interview with Louis dates back to the 1970s and ended violently. The two therefore have a common story, which also makes it possible to quickly create links between the two characters and something truly effective. Unlike Louis in the novel, who was born in the 18th century and owns a plantation in Louisiana and owns slaves, the one in this adaptation is a rich, gay man still in the closet and who owns a brothel in the sexy district of New Orleans. This small change in the personality and the story of Louis makes it possible to bring an originality in addition to remaining close to what is expected of Louis in the story.
We can draw parallels between the two Louis that we knew and everything is neat so that we perceive perfectly what Interview with the Vampire seeks to discuss. We quickly meet Lestat de Lioncourt, a flamboyant French vampire who will introduce Louis to the pleasures of overconsumption. There is something awfully sexy about the relationship between these two characters that only reinforces what I could imagine at first. The ultra goth side has always appealed to me in the series and it’s been a while since this genre had been put aside (maybe since Penny Dreadful, the last of the genre that I really remember). The relationship between Lestat and Louis is necessarily the central heart of this whole story and we quickly become attached to their adventures. The chemistry between Anderson and Reid allows this sleight of hand.
Interview with the Vampire therefore mixes this dark romance, the fumes of sex that emanates from their relationship and everyday life as a couple. At one point they may talk about their victim and at another want to have a separate room. With rich dialogues, an elegant staging and a successful cast, Interview with the Vampire manages to immerse us in the claws (fangs) of these vampires without ever abandoning them. I can’t wait to see what the next episode will be able to tell us.
Rating: 9/10. In short, Interview with the Vampire manages to modernize a dusty story and turn it into something melodious, charming, and endearing.
Soon in France
AMC has announced the renewal of Interview with the Vampire for a second season.