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  • Dir. Neil Jordan
  • USA
  • 1994
  • 123 min.
  • R
  • 35mm
  • Assistive Listening
  • Hearing Loop

Part of October Sucks.

An all-star cast brings the undead to eternal life in director Neil Jordan’s chilling adaptation of the best-selling novel by Anne Rice (who also wrote the screenplay). When grieving 18th century mortal Louis (Brad Pitt) accepts an offer of everlasting life from the charismatic vampire Lestat (Tom Cruise), he quickly realizes that his dark gift is also a curse — one which requires him to kill to survive. An eternity of blood, lust and torment awaits in this thrilling and visually stunning film that redefined the vampire genre. Screening in 35mm

“The movie never makes vampirism look like anything but an endless sadness. That is its greatest strength. Vampires throughout movie history have often chortled as if they'd gotten away with something. But the first great vampire movie, NOSFERATU (1922), knew better, and so does this one…. The movie is true to the detailed vision that has informed all of Anne Rice's novels, and which owes much to the greater taste for realism which has crept into modern horror fiction. It is a film about what it might really be like to be a vampire.” —Roger Ebert (1994)

“This is no conventional horror flick told from the point of view of mere mortals thwarting forces of supernatural evil with pointed sticks; rather, it is a morbidly fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the undead…. It is, in fact, a close-up domestic drama played as if it were a matter of life and death.” —Mark Salisbury, Empire