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HELLABRATION DELUXE! Thirty-One Days of SHOCKTOBER: Day Eight – 10/08/18

HELLABRATION DELUXE! Thirty-One Days of SHOCKTOBER: Day Eight – 10/08/18

10/08 – 1994: INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE

INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE was the novel that crowned High Priestess of Gothic Horror ANNE RICE as the “Doyenne of the Dracula Set.” A lot of excitement and buzz swirled around the news that Warner Brothers was out to transform it into a feature film, with no less than THE COMPANY OF WOLVES and THE CRYING GAME director NEIL JORDAN at the helm.  There was absolutely no way they could go wrong.  The story of “Louis and Lestat” seemed primed for absolute success.

And then…they cast it. Uh-oh.

   

BRAD PITT as Louis. Okay, not what I had in mind when reading the book, but I could buy it. STEPHEN REA. ANTONIO BANDERAS, in a cameo that made you want to see a movie just about his character. THANDIE NEWTON, in a small role that eventually would put her on the path to that magnificent performance in HBO’S series version of WESTWORLD. CHRISTIAN SLATER as the “interviewer” the title refers to. And as Lestat…TOM CRUISE.

WHO…????

I’m sure anyone who remembers being there, recalls the absolute eruption of anger that piece of casting news caused. And no, I wasn’t exactly jazzed about it, either. Tom Cruise has always been good at being…Tom Cruise. RISKY BUSINESS. COCKTAIL. TOP GUN. That guy. The one time I could see him giving his all to really disappear into a role was playing Ron Kovic in BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY, which admittedly was quite the departure for him. But a horror film about the eternally high-falutin’ undead? Especially a character familiar to fans of the books (and many who opined that DAVID BOWIE should’ve had that role)? Before a single frame of film was shot, it was pretty much a sure bet for deeply invested Louis-and-Lestat fans, that this flick was destined to tank at the box office.

Here’s the thing, though: once Anne Rice gave her own ‘seal of approval’ to Tom’s casting, the furor died down.  Well, at least a little. I remember reading that book at least a dozen times and thinking of either Bowie or someone like, say, JULIAN SANDS in the part, and that I’d have to hold my nose and go see it anyway, in order to support not only Neil Jordan and Anne, but ‘take one for the team’, for horror’s sake across the board.

Here’s the other thing: Tom wasn’t terrible.  It didn’t seem to me as if he completely botched the role, but I don’t think he gave it the “oomph” that the absolute right actor could have. (Unfortunately, perfect possibilities like AMERICAN HORROR STORY’S EVAN PETERS, or GAME OF THRONES’ HARRY LLOYD (“Viserys Targaryen”) hadn’t been discovered yet.)

Besides, between his ‘not bad’ performance and Brad Pitt’s good one (I always wonder what would’ve happened if they’d switched roles), nobody anticipated that the relative newcomer, KIRSTEN DUNST as a century-older-than-her-years Claudia, would steal the movie away from everybody! If the casting of the leads was somewhat problematic, there was NO question in anyone’s mind about her. She was Claudia.

The New Orleans setting for the story of the eternally youthful, eternally sorrowful Louis, and his dysfunctional “vampire family” couldn’t have been more suitable for Jordan’s dark sense of vision, gorgeously photographed by legendary DP PHILIPPE ROUSSELOT (BIG FISH, CONSTANTINE, THE BRAVE ONE), along with stunning visual and makeup FX helping bring Rice’s characters and situations to unforgettable life.

And it’s all helped along by a captivatingly baroque and sometimes thunderous score by ELLIOT GOLDENTHAL (IN DREAMS, PET SEMATARY, ALIEN 3), who at times seems to be trying to “out-Zimmer” HANS ZIMMER, and yet with a tale this outrageous, the cues and themes never seem to be overwhelming or out-of-place.

If anything, I hope if you’ve never seen this, that you’ll take the book for a spin first. (Yes, for my taste, the books are always better than the movies.)  Even if you aren’t a Tom Cruise fan – and it will work better for those who are – there’s much to discover, and eventually fall in love with about this movie.


Posted by Samuel Glass in EDITORIALS, FEATURED CONTENT, HALLOWEEN, HORROR HEROES, OPINION, THRILLER, TRIBUTE, VAMPIRES, 0 comments
INTERVIEW: Alistair Cross

INTERVIEW: Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross - Sleep Savannah SleepAlistair Cross, acclaimed author of such works as The Crimson Corset and his newest novel Sleep Savannah Sleep and co-host of Haunted Nights Live! a radio program broadcast on the Authors On The Air Global Radio Network with the equally amazing author Tamara Thorne, was kind enough to do an interview with me for my home here at House of Tortured Souls. Before I get to the interview, though, I would like to tell you more about his works.
Alistair Cross - The Crimson CorsetAbout The Crimson Corset: Welcome to Crimson Cove a cozy village in California where Cade Coulter, our protagonist, moves to live with his brother hoping for a peaceful life. Everything is idyllic until the sun sets and the little tourist town begins to show more night death than nightlife. At the very edge of town sits The Crimson Corset known for its crazy soirees and licentiousness, where people can indulge their every fantasy no matter how depraved or unacceptable. The only thing is is that the place is owned and operated by a vampire.
The owner, Gretchen VanTreese, wants to take out the Old World Vampires that also exist in the town so that she can be free to create a new race of vampires that she will rule. And Cade Coulter will have to fight this wicked and enticing vampire, even give up his own humanity to save the town and everyone that he loves.
I loved this book. There is nothing better than a great story infused with blood, violence, and gore. Let me show you some of the reviews so you can get an even better idea:
Put Bram Stoker in a giant cocktail shaker, add a pinch of Laurell K. Hamilton, a shot of John Carpenter, and a healthy jigger of absinthe, and you’ll end up with Alistair Cross’s modern Gothic chiller, The Crimson Corset-a deliciously terrifying tale that will sink its teeth into you from page one.
—Jay Bonansinga, New York Times Bestselling author of The Walking Dead: Invasion and Lucid.
Alistair Cross’ new novel The Crimson Corset…is taut and elegantly written taking us into the realms where the erotic and the horrific meet. Reminiscent of the work of Sheridan Le Fanu (Carmilla, Uncle Silas) in its hothouse, almost Victorian intensity, it tells a multi-leveled story of misalliance and mixed motives. The language is darkly lyrical, and the tale is compelling. Read it; you’ll be glad you did.
—Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, author of Saint-Germaine Cycle and the Chesterton Holt Mysteries.
Very nice heavy hitters for a debut book!
Alistair Cross - The Angel AlejandroHe has also written The Book of Strange Persuasions, The Angel Alejandro, and the aforementioned Sleep Savanah Sleep. Alistair has also collaborated on many books with the sensational Tamara Thorne as Thorne&Cross. Some of their joint titles include The Cliffhouse Haunting, Mother, The Witches of Ravencrest, and The Ghosts of Ravencrest.
Which brings me to the next bit about him. Alistair Cross and Tamara Thorne started their own radio show called Haunted Nights Live! where they talk all things horror to some of the biggest names in the business. Featuring such guests as Chelsea Quinn Yarbro of the Saint-Germain vampire series, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels that inspired the hit television series, Jay Bonansinga of the Walking Dead series, and Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter novels.
So, now that we have established his illustrious credentials, let’s ask him some questions.
House of Tortured Souls: So, Alistair, what would you like people to know about you?
Alistair Cross: I am not a morning person: no, I will not help your sister move…and I prefer cats to most people.
HoTS: When I was doing research for this interview, I noticed on his website that in 1987 – He saw Carrie and the Nightmare on Elm Street movies, wrote more stories (most of which featured an unmanageably extensive cast of talking cats). So sorry I missed that readers.
Next question Alistair: What are your horror influences?

AC: Stephen King, of course, who was my introduction to the genre back when I was barely 8 years old. I am also influenced by Anne Rice, Dean Koontz, John Saul, Ira Levin, and William Peter Blatty, just to name a few.
HoTS: What did you do with your very first advance for a book??
AC: I just stared at it. A lot.
HoTS: What was your first scary movie?
AC: The first movie I remember being absolutely terrified by was Cujo. It still makes me a little uneasy.
HoTS: How do you write what you want without worrying about how your subject matter will be taken?
AC: As a horror author, I consider it my duty to shock and offend. There are few subjects I won’t touch on, animal cruelty for example because it’s not necessary and it’s too easy. But I don’t think about reader reaction when I’m writing. I write the stories I want to read and figure it is likely others out there will want to read them too.
HoTS: What is your spirit animal?
AC: Stevie Nicks is my spirit animal.
HoTS: Has anything in your books ever happened to you?
AC: While I’ve certainly never been lured into an underground lair of a seductive blond vampire or found an amnesiac angel in my koi pond after a violent storm, some of the events in my writing do come from personal experience. All fiction is rooted in truth, but I never set out to chronicle my own experiences. It’s about the characters and their stories, not mine. The only exception is Five Nights In a Haunted Cabin, a real-life account of an experience I had with my collaborator, Tamara Thorne.
HoTS: How did you and Tamara become writing partners?
AC: It’s an unusual story that began in the late 1990s when I came across Tamara’s novel Moonfall. I liked it so much, I got all of her books and began stalking her website via AOL dial-up because in my day we had to practice patience when we stalked people online. Several years later, after my first book was published, I began a blog dedicated to interviews with authors. Tamara Thorne was one of the first people I asked to be on my blog. She said yes and we hit it off enough that she asked me if I’d like to write a short story with her. That short story became a full-length novel, and that led to the next one and the one after that, and the rest is history. Writing with Tamara is one of the easiest, most natural things I have ever done and, at the risk of sounding corny, I believe it was simply meant to be.
House of Tortured Souls: And readers I thought it was only fair to reach out to Tamara Thorne and gets some fun stuff on Alistair from her:
Tamara Thorne: I love collaborating with Alistair. We spend our days working on Skype and when our cats start climbing us, we turn on the cameras. Alistair’s kitty, Pawpurrazzi, truly abuses him. I love watching the way she gives him kisses, then shoves her butt in his face. Those two are madly in love.
We write together in the Cloud and rarely recall who wrote what. After each day’s work – or after completing the first draft – my job is to read our words aloud. When we’re in edit mode, reading for hours can be pretty grueling, but my collaborator knows how to keep things lively. He moves ahead in the manuscript and adds lines so outrageous and rude that I fall apart – so does he. We relish our giggle breaks more than I can say. Once in a while, we leave an obscenity in to amuse our editors. The reactions are varied but hysterical.
So I cannot recommend these authors enough and I also cannot thank them enough for taking their time to answer some questions and share a few laughs. Below are some links for you to get to know and experience more of Alistair Cross and his partner in crime Tamara Thorne. And definitely, check out their radio broadcast.
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WiHM: A Matter of Respect

WiHM: A Matter of Respect


February in my life is a pretty active month. Not only is it the shortest month of the year, we also get to celebrate my birthday, my sons birthday, and geographically this is supposed to be the month where we get the most snowfall and I happen to love snow! But this is also a very special time of year for horror fans as it is Women in Horror Month. As a writer for House of Tortured Souls, I could very easily pick one name of a well-deserved list of actresses and give you a couple of highlights of her career and a quick biography, but as the founder and CEO of House of Tortured Souls, I feel it is my responsibility – and my honor – to generalize the importance of the celebration of Women in Horror Month itself.

From the beginning of horror films women always played a much more important role that people actually give credit for. In the earlier days of horror cinema, the women usually portrayed poor and defenseless women who were attacked by a creature of the night. Usually helpless and seemingly brainless, they almost never spoke back or acted to defend themselves, reflecting society’s view of women at the time.

Through the years, however, the female role and presence on screen became larger as women’s roles in society changed. And as their roles changed, the characters (and even names of the actresses) became iconic, ultimately being being dubbed Screen Queens. At first, these roles were primarily in slasher films, where often attractive buxom young ladies let loose with glass shattering screams while being attacked and murdered – usually topless during a shower or bedroom scene. You always remembered the scene and the face.

As the popularity of the Scream Queens grew, so did the role of women in horror – on screen and off. Female leads became stronger on screen, and women who watched these films were inspired to go into horror. In fact, these immense changes in the way that women were portrayed in horror soon inspired women to branch into other areas of horror cinema. Women no longer went only for on screen roles but also for behind the scenes roles as writers, directors, producers, makeup artists, and virtually ever other aspect of horror filmmaking.

Now, in 2017, many Scream Queens who first started in the industry at a young age are being honored by lifetime achievement awards, and those who stay behind the camera are making groundbreaking films, shorts, and TV shows.

Scream Queens will always have a place in horror cinema, but there’s another change in the on screen female characters in the horror industry. Women have gone from solely being the victim to sometimes being the killer. Along with the other changes in the industry, horror films have again changed up the role of women characters. The tables have turned, and horror movies will never be the same. As for the women in the industry are concerned, from film to TV and all aspects involved, the female presence is very strong and very welcomed.

It’s nice to see these talented women getting their notoriety and respect.

As I sit back and reflect, many names cross my mind, names that helped lay the foundations for what has been built and for what is yet to come. Some of these names are:


These are but a few the iconic women in horror cinema! All of these women have, in one way or another, brought a part of them to the silver screen and made a huge impact on not only me, but also on the world of horror fans.

I'm very proud to be an avid horror fan, and I'm doubly proud to be a supporter of the Women in Horror Month.

You have a lot to be proud of, ladies! Much respect!!

Keep It Evil...

Posted by John Roisland in EDITORIALS, WOMEN IN HORROR, 0 comments
Cities of the Dead – New Orleans

Cities of the Dead – New Orleans

By Dixielord

Necropolis, cities of the dead, the thing of cheap horror comics and cheaper horror films. The lairs of zombies, vampires, ghouls, and more. However, cities of the dead actually exist in reality, outside of pulp fiction and penny dreadfuls. The most well-known cities of the dead lie in New Orleans. In fact, with its history of yellow fever and fires, New Orleans qualifies as a city of the dead itself.

St. Louis cemetery #1 at night, one of the cities of the dead

St. Louis #1, one of New Orleans cities of the dead

New Orleans suffered yellow fever epidemics on an almost regular basis until 1905, the year of the last outbreak in the United States. More than 40,000 people died between 1817 and 1905 in New Orleans alone. Add to that two great fires that each destroyed most of the city and left huge death tolls and you can understand why it is a city of cemeteries.

A line of tombs on Lafayette Cemetery #1, one of New Orleans Cities of the Dead

A line of tombs on Lafayette Cemetery #1, one of New Orleans Cities of the Dead

New Orleans cemeteries, or cities of the dead, are well-known tourist attractions. The above ground vaults and tombs are a European custom, well suited for the most European city in America. The custom is a left over from the Spanish control of the city and, in a town that is barely above sea level (and below in some areas) and surrounded by water, it's a way to save space.

It's a popular misconception that the low sea level and high ground water content forced New Orleanians to bury their dead like this, but it's actually just the European custom. While it's true there have been incidents of bodies washing up during floods, it's not a major concern. In fact, there are ground burials in New Orleans. Even in St. Louis Cemetery #1 you can find the rare ground burial.

Regardless of the reason for the above ground burial, the grave yards are a sight to behold. They are worth a trip to New Orleans just to visit them. I just got back from a trip where I visited five New Orleans cemeteries: Metairie Cemetery, Greenwood Cemetery, Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, and St. Louis Cemetery No. 3. If you do go, you will need to book a tour to visit St. Louis #1 as the Catholic Diocese has closed both it and St. Louis #2 due to vandalism. St. Louis #1 is the only one of the two you can visit and only with an approved tour guide. Most of the other cemeteries you can visit on your own, but check first as rules and laws do change. And please be respectful.

All of the New Orleans cities of the dead contain beautiful tombs and statuary. There is also a lot of history buried in New Orleans vaults, and a strong connection to horror fans. St. Louis Cemetery #1 is the oldest graveyard in New Orleans and is still in operation. Within its walls lie the tomb of Homer Plessy (of Plessy vs Ferguson), chess champion Paul Morphy, and New Orleans' first black mayor Ernest Morial. It's also the final resting place of Marie Laveau, the New Orleans voodoo priestess, and Delphine Lalaurie, the socialite who gained infamy for torturing and murdering her household slaves. Modern horror fans are probably most familiar with the two from their appearances in American Horror Story: Coven, played by Angela Basset and Kathy Bates respectively. Vandals have been painting triple Xs in Marie's tomb for a long time. If you visit, please do not do this! It is vandalism, and it damages the tomb. Plus, you will be arrested if caught.

Tomb of Marie Laveau in St. Louis Cemetery- cities of the dead

Tomb of Marie Laveau in St. Louis Cemetery

Tomb of Marie Laveau in St. Louis Cemetery- cities of the dead

Close up of plaque on the tomb of Marie Laveau in St. Louis Cemetery

Movie fans might also be interested to know that a scene of the cult classic Easy Rider was filmed inside St. Louis #1. In fact, that film is the reason filming is not allowed in any catholic cemeteries in the city. Director Dennis Hopper filmed without permission of the church, and the scene filmed included drugs, nudity, and sex. The drug use and sex may or may not be simulated as, by all accounts, the cast partied heavily while in town. The scene also involved star Peter Fonda climbing on some of the statuary in the cemetery, basically climbing on the graves of the dead. The Catholic Diocese didn't find this amusing at all and banned all filming.

St. Louis Cemetery #1 statuary used in the movie Easy Rider- Cities of the dead

St. Louis Cemetery #1, statuary used in the movie Easy Rider

So without being able to film in New Orleans where does a good movie company go for above ground tombs. Most film crews now use Lafayette Cemetery #1. Located in the Garden District of New Orleans, Lafayette is another officially opened in 1833 although it was used before that date for burials. Like St. Louis #1, it is still active and burials happen every year. Its name comes from the fact that it was originally in the town of Lafayette before New Orleans annexed the area in 1852, and it hold many of the unfortunate people who perished from yellow fever. In 1853 over 600 of the 3,000 deaths due to an outbreak found themselves residents of Lafayette cemetery, That's 600 people in only one year, in only one of the cities of the dead.

Lafayette has several reported hauntings, including ghosts who will tug at your clothing if you sit on a certain bench, people passing out when leaning against one of the outer walls, and the haunting of a screaming girl. The story goes that the girl, on a dare, had to run to a certain grave site in the cemetery and shove a stick in the ground after dark, and then run back. After her two companions successfully completed the dare, she had to follow through. She was, however, extremely scared, but she ran into the cemetery. After a few moments, her companions heard a scream and ran away terrified. The next day the girl was found at the grave, dead of apparent fright. They also found the stick shoved into the ground - and through her dress. When she ran away she felt the tug and thought the dead were pulling her down. Does the story sound familiar? I have heard it many times in my youth, and even seen an adaptations of the story on Rod Sterling's Night Gallery. Supposedly Sterling visited New Orléans and Lafayette looking for ghost stories, and this was one he chose to adapt.

Metarie Cemetery's weeping angel or Angel of Grief- Photo Courtesy of Robin Lovins

Weeping angel or Angel of Grief in Metarie Cemetery, one of the Cities of the Dead

The outer walls, where it's rumored people faint and wake up disoriented, and confused, (couldn't be the New Orleans heat could it?) are, of course, used to house corpses themselves. From the inside of the cemetery you can see the burial cabinets that make up the wall, called ovens by many due to the extreme heat that can build up in the crypts. During summer the heat can reach reported temperatures of over 300 degrees inside the crypts, effectively cremating the bodies inside. Since the crypts are all intended as multi use, with old remains pushed into a shaft in the back and new bodies taking their place, the heat helps expedite the process. Law and custom say that once sealed, a tomb cannot be opened for a year and a day, at which time the original occupant is hopefully reduced to a much smaller mass. If the body isn't fully decayed. Well, maybe we can tackle that topic in a different article.

Monument to the Army of Tennessee at Metarie Cemetery, one of the cities of the dead

Monument to the Army of Tennessee at Metarie Cemetery

With the ban on filming in Catholic cities of the dead, Lafayette became the go to place for Hollywood. Lafayette is considered the most filmed cemetery in New Orleans. Movies filmed here include Double Jeopardy and Dracula 2000, and many television shows, including American Horror Story, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, and even NCIS: New Orleans, have filmed scenes inside. The Lafayette city of the dead was also the fictional burial ground for the Mayfair Witches from the books by Anne Rice. Anne herself staged a jazz funeral for herself to promote the release of her vampire novel Memnoch the Devil.

Lafayette Cemetery

Lafayette Cemetery #1, one of the Cities of the Dead

Lafayette is in a good neighborhood and is safe to visit on your own. However, a guided tour full of information is available and will ensure that you don't miss any of the historic tombs, haunted areas, and filming locations inside its walls. Lafayette occupies a city block in the historic garden district, but that block contains over 1,000 burial plots and currently has a population of over 7,000 inhabitants. Unlike cities of the living, the cities of the dead never see a population decrease.

Those are just two of the five cities of the dead that I visited recently in a week-long trip to New Orleans. We also visited Metairie, St. Louis #3, and Greenwood cemeteries on our own (without a tour guide). As such, we enjoyed the beautiful stone work but didn't learn as much about its past or citizens. We wanted to visit more, especially Holt and St. Roch cemeteries but simply didn't have time. Also St. Louis #2 is not open to the public, along with Odd Fellows Rest, which reportedly has some unique and beautiful statuary. We were also advised not to visit Lafayette #2 as it was in a bad neighborhood and our guide simply said he wasn't taking us there.

Statuary in Metairie Cemetery a New Orleans city of the dead

Statuary in Metairie Cemetery a New Orleans city of the dead

If you go to New Orleans, you have to take the time and visit the cities of the dead. Hell, it's worth a trip to New Orleans just to see the cemeteries. Use a tour guide when you can, they are inexpensive for what you get. Plus, the guides are very knowledgeable, and using one supports the local economy. The non-profit Save Our Cemeteries, runs tours including a night-time tour of St. Louis #1. This is a great group that uses the tours to help restore and preserve the cities' burial grounds. There are several good tour groups operating tours of the other cemeteries, as well as tours of the city, haunted tours, voodoo tours, and vampire tours. Pick one, dress to survive the heat, bring a bottle of water, and be respectful to the citizens. Eventually all of us will move into our own city of the dead.

To learn more about films when in town, consider Nola original movie tours, Bloody Mary's haunted New Orleans tours, or Haunted History Tours. All three tours involve the cemeteries to some extent, and I used all three in my last New Orleans trip and give my seal of approval.

Post Script: It looks like Save Our Cemeteries is now offering limited tours of St. Louis # 2. Too late for my trip but not for yours.

All photos courtesy of Robin Lovins and used with permission.

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Interview With The Vampire reboot is coming

Interview With The Vampire reboot is coming

Anne Rice fans had reason to rejoice in 2014, when Universal snapped up the rights to all 13 of the authors Vampire Chronicle novels,. They announced plans to make a series of films, including a remake to 1994's Interview With The Vampire, based on the books. Universal had also announced a reboot to the classic Universal monster movies, and both projects seemed like an attempt to create their own, horror theme, version of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Claudia burns in Interview with a Vampire

Claudia burns from Interview with a vampire

Now a little less than two years later, it looks like the reboot of Interview With The Vampire will be happening.   Josh Boone, director of the upcoming New Mutants film, teased fans by posting  the cover of a script for the reboot. Back in 2014 it was reported that Boone would be writing and directing versions of the second and third book, The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned.

Aaliyah in Queen of the Damned

Aaliyah was the Queen of the Damned

Now it looks like they are doing the series right and starting at the beginning. At least as far as the time line goes. However he is also remaking a movie that was actually surprisingly well done and accepted, for the most part, by Rice's fans. The original 1994 film, directed by Neil Jordan, had a star-studded cast with heavy weights Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt as blood crossed lovers Lestat and Louis, and introduced us to a young Kristin Dunst who near stole the film as child vampire Claudia.

The third book in the series has also been previously adapted into film starring the late actress/singer Aaliyah and directed by Michael Rymer. I have no clue why the powers that be chose to skip the second book, but Queen was not as faithful adaptation as Interview, and had much more of an “MTV” feel. This may have been more in line with the modern setting versus the setting of Interview, but it just didn't have the feel of Rice's Lestat. It wasn't a bad movie, and Aaliya showed a lot of potential that was sadly cut short with her death.

So Universal is taking a controversial step by remaking a film loved by a lot of fans. I'm not a fan of remakes myself, and a lot of horror fans feel the same. However if you are going to do the whole series, maybe you should start from the beginning. The only other real choice would be to start at book two, then remake or skip three, making the series even more disjointed. Personally the second book was always my favorite, and it was the first I read. So I am eager to see The Vampire Lestat brought to the big scene. Right now though we only have a tease. Is the script completed, or still a work in progress? Who will be the new Lestat and Louis? Who will be the new Claudia? Anne Rice fans are quivering with anticipation (sorry Frank) for any new news.

Mea culpa: Interview With THE Vampire.

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