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Oh my God you guys. Hold on and hold on to your butts because we’re only one episode in and Anne Rice interview with the vampire It is indeed my favorite thing on TV, but not because of its particularly innovative premise or elegant storytelling. The pilot promises, at least, a ridiculous show that combines speed The Vampire Diaries With production value and ~ adult content ~ from real blood. High in camp and low in accuracy, Interview with the vampire It literally delivers everything I’ve ever wanted from a vampire show (sex! Catholics! New Orleans! mind control!) and asks for nothing in return. I love him.
“In the midst of an increase in wonder…” reintroduces the audience to the basic premise of the original—a newspaper interview with a vampire—before immediately detaching from his own thing. We begin in the present, as our elderly reporter, Dan Molloy, watches his MasterClass press show, 50 years after he first met Louis de Points du Lac. This photo of a depressed man in the twilight of his career jumping on a call to re-interview his life, Pestilence Damned, didn’t prepare me for a color shift once Lewis (who played with pinpoint accuracy on the court by Game of thronesJacob Anderson) to tell his story.
“You have to let the story tempt you,” Lewis tells Molloy at one point, a line that matches the melodrama only through its delivery. I’m ready to be seduced.
We are out! It’s 1910 in New Orleans, where Louis is the favorite son of a wealthy man but makes his living as a brothel owner. He explains that no respectable business will ever get him, because whether he’s a wealthy family or not, he’s a black man living in Louisiana at the turn of the century. Lewis’s working life is depicted in the rapid succession of wilderness crises in one evening: he is first called in to deal with an N-word John who has been hit on the head and ripped off by a sex worker, then interrupted, dealt with a zealous Bible fanatic harassing staff. , who turns out to be his brother, who refuses to leave and hits Louis in the face, forcing Louis to pull out a very huge knife and hold it to his brother’s neck so that he is not weakened. On these stumbling streets of New Orleans. And we haven’t gotten to the vampire part yet.
In particular , Interview with the vampire It offers a refreshing depiction of an upper-class black Southern family challenging the common stereotypes of black America at the time. Hopefully, future episodes will continue to tap that line (no pun intended), because the premiere doesn’t spend much time with Lewis discussing his (much loved) brother Paul, his sister Grace, and his mother about issues like Catholicism, morals, or including slave traditions like Hopping on the broom at Grace’s upcoming wedding. There’s a lot to explore on the show, but we still have to get to blood sucking and sex.
We are finally introduced to a very French and very blonde Lestat when Louis visits a rival brothel, enraged to find the man having drinks with Louis’ girlfriend/sex worker Miss Lily. Today’s vampire tells Lewis that he is angry at Lestat but somehow becomes paralyzed. Louis alienates the stranger and is drawn to him. You know where this is headed. Lestat, using Louis’s word, soon begins to “catch” him.
The following seduction sequence, in which Lestat honors himself to Louis by bemoaning this country’s racism and taking him on dates to the opera, is also where we learn about vampire tricks, as each vampire realm has its own role in determining magical powers. to grant the undead. in Interview with the vampire, Lestat can communicate remotely, he can pause time to help Lewis cheat cards, and he appears to have some sort of supernatural personality magnetism – all normal vampire fare. But there’s also another vampire power that I’m finally ready to talk about – the orgasm.
Friends, we’ve come to the gay part, which unfortunately happens to coincide with the most ridiculous part of the episode. If there was any doubt left as to what kind of show this was, the moodyly lit orgasmic climax from a few feet in the air had me pretty much ignited. A couple of seconds ago this was a very hot threesome scene, showing Miss Lily’s freshly ripped nipples stretched out on a sofa between two male threads. Lewis hits Lestat with run and kiss, shirtless guys being tossed against the wall, even the blood-sucking part was kind of working for me to take off. How can I expect not to laugh at this? Lestat tops Lewis standing when we suddenly see their bare feet start to leave the carpet because this is such a good orgasm, so their bodies are literally leaving the floor. It was clumsy when they did that Al Shahba. It’s an idiot than Edward Cullen broke the headboard. He is very foolish. However, I like that commitment. This show gives even the smartest of vampire metaphors complete indulgence.
But we have to move on, because we still have a wedding, a tap dance break, many mysterious deaths, a suicide, a funeral, and a transformation to get to.
So far, Lestat’s character’s only motive seems to be Lewis, which is fair enough. It’s Lewis telling the story, after all. Lewis has a lot going on internally. Torn between his repressed homosexuality (or, as he pronounces it for some reason, “mettlenationality ”), his position as the business leader of the underworld in a racist society, and his love for his family, he decides to leave Lestat entirely. But the vampire sobriety of Lewis did not last long after Grace’s wedding – the whole family seems completely happy for the last time. Paul’s religiosity is vaguely attributed to some ailments Indeterminate mentality, and the morning after the wedding, it comes to a solution in the penultimate WTF moment of this pilot.The brothers were watching the sunrise from the rooftop of their mansion, and suddenly Paul said to Louis, “I love you” and jumped, falling dead to the sidewalk with blood pooling. around his head.
Having destroyed Louis, he is now extraordinarily prone to summoning Psycho Lestat during Paul’s funeral, which is conveniently scheduled for after dark. Mama’s choice to blame Louis for Paul’s suicide (a plot point I don’t like very much) and disown him is the last straw. Louis first attempts to set up a brothel, learning that Miss Lily has died of “mysterious fever” – read: vampires – as Lestat’s face saying “come to me” in French temporarily appears. Next, Lewis runs to the priest, knocking on church doors in the middle of the night while rain falls on his face. In the Confession Chamber, the site of cinema’s most epic monologues, Lewis admits, “I lay with a man! I lay with the devil!” You think that with passions and thunder and Catholicism it couldn’t get more dramatic then Whoo! The priest is snatched away and Louis hurries to find he is eaten alive by Lestat, suddenly surrounded by benches engulfed in flames. (Vampires seem fine to enter churches in this universe!)
Honestly, this scene is everything. Louis tries to kill Lestat with his big knife and/or small sword and Lestat rises and starts talking. Need a classic horror movie score to set the tone for your home? Did you need Lestat to chase after a second priest in slow motion and hit his skull right? of course not. do i love him from all of my heart. Lestat’s idea in front of Lewis boils down to “This world is miserable, isn’t it? But I love you and your pretty face, so let’s commit crimes.” Louis’s voiceover says he doesn’t know what was persuasive in that argument because he hadn’t heard of the love explosion, but anyway, it worked. They make and then drink each other’s blood right there under the cross. den don dun! This, this is a vampire show.
I’m so excited for next week, my friends.