Interview With A Vampire: 10 Best LGBTQ+ Vampire TV Shows & Movies | Pretty Reel

With each subsequent episode of the new Interview with the Vampire series, airing now on AMC, the show makes it clear how much it wants to bring out the LGBTQ+ elements of Anne Rice’s original novel. In this regard, it is very much in conversation with the 1994 film version starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt.

However, it also takes its place among other vampire movies and TV series that have included LGBQ+ themes in one way or another, whether in terms of storylines or overall aesthetic. As all horror fans know, there has long been a connection between the marginalized and the monstrous.

Interview with the Vampire (1994)

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Even though it’s rather tame compared to the TV version of the story, there are still LGBTQ+ elements present in the 1994 film version of Anne Rice’s novel. Among other things, there’s a clear and powerful chemistry between Tom Cruise’s Lestat and Brad Pitt’s Louis, and they even manage to start their own little family when Lestat turns daughter Claudia into a very young vampire.

It’s in his bond with the vampire Armand – played by Antonio Banderas – that Louis seems to find the most emotional fulfillment. It might not be straight LGBTQ+, but it comes pretty close.

First Murder (2022)

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Although it only lasted one season, First Kill is still a very standout Netflix series. It centers on a teenage vampire, Juliette Fairmont, and a monster slayer, Calliope Burns, who increasingly find their lives and loves entangled with each other.

The series is adept at balancing the different components of its story. So while the supernatural elements are a key part of the story, it also shows how teenagers often struggle with their sense of identity, even as they also have to deal with pressure from friends and family.

Hunger (1983)

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Although it wasn’t a huge hit when it was released, The Hunger has become a beloved cult classic for many. With its central story centering on a love triangle between a doctor, a vampire, and a vampiric bride, it’s hard not to feel its particular magnetic charm.

Of particular note is the extraordinary chemistry between Catherine Deneuve’s vampire Miriam Blaylock and Susan Sarandon’s Sarah Roberts. The film is also a visual feast for the eyes, with a production design that is entirely in keeping with the aristocratic allure of its vampiric character.

Daughter of Darkness (1971)

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In some ways, the 1970s was something of a golden age for lesbian vampire movies. Of these, one of the most notable was Daughter of Darkness, which centers on a pair of newlyweds who encounter a sinister vampire countess, Elisabeth Bathory.

Like many other vampire films of the era, it leans into its own gothic excesses, and there’s a mischief in it that can be quite odd. At the same time, it’s one of those beautifully crafted horror movies that uses vampire conventions to explore the darkness of the human soul.

True Blood (2008-2014)

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For much of its run, True Blood was one of the best shows on HBO. It managed to take vampire lore in new and exciting directions, and it was a show that was unapologetic in its depiction of sexuality. This was especially true when it came to the inclusion of vampires and LGBTQ+ people, and there were a number of notable characters in this regard.

Perhaps the most prominent were Chef Lafayette and Russell Edgington, both of whom have become LGBTQ+ icons in their own right. It’s easy to see why this series has had quite a following within the LGBTQ+ community.

American Horror Story: Hotel (2011)

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FX’s American Horror Story is widely considered one of Ryan Murphy’s finest projects. Although there are many seasons in the series, Hotel is the most notable when it comes to the portrayal of vampires. Of particular note is Lady Gaga, who plays the vampiric countess who lives in the title hotel.

Of course, since this is a Ryan Murphy production, the LGBTQ+ element is evident in everything from the characters to the show camp of the series as a whole. It’s a lavish feast that shows why Murphy remains one of the greatest creators of horror fiction today.

Little (2019)

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It quickly becomes clear that Bit is a truly special vampire film. Among other aspects, it features a transgender protagonist, Laurel, who slowly finds herself drawn into a sinister group of vampires who want to make her one of their own.

While that’s fascinating on its own, the film isn’t afraid to explore other issues either. In particular, he uses the established conventions of vampiric mythology to craft a surprisingly thoughtful critique of patriarchal culture. In this sense, it has a lot to offer

What We Do in the Shadows (2019–present)

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Very quickly it became clear that What We Do in the Shadows is one of the best FX series. Focusing on a group of vampires living on Long Island, as well as long-suffering familiar Guillermo, it’s the type of series that shows just how much life there is left in the vampire trope.

On some level, the show is just plain hilarious, and there’s an undeniable chemistry between the various cast members. However, it also stands out for the way it makes LGBTQ+ characters and issues a key part of its story. It is, more than anything else, an LGBTQ+ vampire series that allows the viewer to truly love its characters and all of their idiosyncrasies.

Thirst (2019)

Broadcast on AMC+

While the LGBTQ+ element is often thinly veiled in vampire movies and TV shows, it rarely becomes explicit. That’s not the case with the Icelandic film Thirst, which brings the subtext out into the open for everyone to enjoy and savor.

While this movie’s vampire is unquestionably its biggest concession to LGBTQ+ representation, Thirst goes out of her way to make sure the viewer understands that it’s the humans who are the real monsters. Plus, despite all the gore, it’s also a movie that manages to be remarkably funny.

Interview with the Vampire (2022–present)

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From its very first episode, Interview with the Vampire reveals that it will take the story of Anne Rice in new and fascinating directions. Among other things, this makes Louis explicitly gay, although he struggles with that part of himself given that the story is set in the 1910s.

More interestingly, it also makes explicit the romance between Lestat and Louis, something just hinted at in the 1994 film. It allows the series to explore what it means for these two beings to spend eternity together, and it also allows for a fuller, richer, and more emotionally resonant look at what it means for vampires to actually be LGBTQ+.

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