Interview With The Vampire Show’s Rotten Tomatoes Score Beats Original Movie

The official Rotten Tomatoes score for the Interview with the Vampire series is substantially higher than that of the original film. Both properties are adaptations of the 1976 novel of the same name by Anne Rice, which kicked off an entire series called The Vampire Chronicles, which ran through 2018 and included 1988's The Queen of the Damned, which was adapted into a 2002 film starring Aaliyah. Interview with the Vampire introduced readers to two soon-to-be iconic characters: the first, Louis de Pointe du Lac, who is seduced into a life of vampirism by the second, Lestat de Lioncourt in 1800s New Orleans. The book is told in the form of an interview where Louis explains the challenges of his experience and the horrific events that occurred when he and Lestat created a child vampire named Claudia.

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The novel was originally adapted into a film in 1994, starring Brad Pitt as Louis and Tom Cruise as Lestat. Although the film was a substantial hit and earned two Oscar nominations, a proper sequel failed to materialize, with Queen of the Damned recasting Lestat and largely ignoring the second novel in the series. However, The Vampire Chronicles is being resurrected by AMC, who will be premiering their new series based on Interview with the Vampire on October 2. The new adaptation stars Jacob Anderson as Louis and Sam Reid as Lestat, alongside a cast that includes Bailey Bass as Claudia, Eric Bogosian as the interviewer Daniel Molloy, and Tales from the Darkside's Rae Dawn Chong as Louis' mother Florence.

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Today, many platforms have dropped their reviews of the Interview with the Vampire series ahead of Sunday's premiere. The review aggregator service Rotten Tomatoes has compiled them and come out with a perfect 100% Fresh score at the time of writing. Although the score will likely change as more reviews roll in, it has a substantial lead on the original 1994 film, which only has a 64% Fresh rating. It seems likely that the series will still have a substantially higher score than the previous adaptation.

How Interview with the Vampire 2022 is Different from the 1994 Film

While the original Interview with the Vampire film is something of a beloved classic among vampire fans, there is clearly something extra appealing about the new series that has drawn more universal acclaim, at least in the critical sphere. While audiences won't be able to gauge for themselves until the premiere, critics are reporting that the series makes certain changes to the source material, so this praise isn't necessarily coming from the show being more faithful than the movie. However, one major change that seems to be pleasing the critics is making Louis and Lestat's relationship more explicitly gay, pushing the book and film's subtext to the fore.

The Interview with the Vampire series has also modernized the original text by casting Louis with a Black actor, moving away from the character's controversial origins as a slave-owner. While these changes may rankle certain faithful fans of Rice's works, AMC seems confident that they have a hit on their hands. Indeed, they are so confident that they have already renewed the Interview with the Vampire season 2 ahead of its premiere, so hopefully, viewers will be just as unanimously pleased as the critics have proven to be.

2022-09-30T15:38:33.000Z

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