- 11 Apr 01
Neil Jordan's controversial new film Interview With The Vampire has angered both the gay community, who objected to the dilution of the movie's homoerotic content, and the author of the novel from which it is adapted, Anne Rice, who disagreed with the choice of Hollywood golden boy Tom Cruise in the starring role. However, with Anne Rice conspicuously recanting and the critics in the U.S. responding rapturously, signs are that this is one Vampire which won't lay down and die. Report: Helena Mulkerns
Possibly no major film project shot this year has caused more controversy and scandal in the US than Neil Jordan’s Interview With The Vampire, the film adaptation of the novel by Anne Rice. First published in 1976, “Interview” delivered an unprecedented take on the living dead genre, creating creatures that were not only sympathetic, but sexual, powerful and attractive. After years of script-mongering and failed production attempts, the book has finally been brought, rather miraculously, to the screen by Neil Jordan.
Taking on a Hollywood monster is one thing, but taking on a cult phenomenon such as the one created by Anne Rice over the last couple of decades proved an even tougher prospect, as Jordan was to discover. Racked by setbacks and controversy throughout production, the buzz began all over again last weekend as the final creation hit the screens. Jordan has without doubt proved his worth by delivering a formidable, stylish and atmospheric baby. But not without shipping a few battle scars along the way.
The phenomenon of the Vampire has come in and out of fashion ever since Count Vlad Dracul perpetrated a few atrocities back in 15th Century Romania. In 1764 Horace Walpole’s Castle Of Otranto renewed interest, followed by Polidori’s The Vampyre in the early nineteenth century. But for the last hundred years or so, popular culture has been taken with what Neil Jordan’s script describes as “the vulgar rantings of a demented Irishman,” namely Bram Stoker, whose Victorian Gothic tale Dracula appeared in 1897.