Fall 2022: All Things Spooky
Interview with the Vampire (2022)
Created by Rolin Jones
Created by Rolin Jones
While the world might have assumed the vampire craze was long buried since the end of the Twilight saga it seems another Vampire renaissance is upon the media. Despite what seemed like an overabundance of vampire content in the 2010s the last year has proved that vampires will always be a bankable option. In fact, in October of 2022 alone, Peacock, Showtime, Syfy, and AMC all are airing weekly vampire shows. Additionally, 2022 has also seen Netflix’s hits First Kill and Day Shift alongside Marvel’s Morbius and Sony’s Dracula remake The Invitation. With many choices available to connoisseurs of Vampire lore, one option stands out amongst the rest, AMC’s Interview with the Vampire. Based on the iconic Anne Rice novel Interview with the Vampire is a reboot of the original book and the successful 1994 movie of the same name. With many compelling updates and changes to the content Interview with the Vampire proves that the resurgence of vampires in film and television is a worthy endeavor.
Starring Jacob Anderson as the main character and narrator of the show Louis de Pointe du Lac and Sam Reid as his maker Lestat de Lioncourt the show gives an important update to the original work. In the show, Lous and Lestat are not only vampire companions drawn together by their maker-protegee relationship, but they are also lovers. The show challenges the homoeroticism from the original novel and the subsequent 1994 film by exploring the complexities of a sexual and romantic relationship between the two vampires. Adding the layer of a romantic relationship between Lous and Lestat Interview with the Vampire makes the already complex relationship much more compelling. This is displayed beautifully as Louis relays his history of his relationship with Lestat to his interviewer Daniel Malloy (played by Eric Bogosian). Louis's description of their relationship to Daniel seems to swing on a pendulum between abuse and affection as he heartbreakingly seems to struggle how to properly capture their all-consuming relationship. Louis and Lestat’s relationship is the perfect blend of codependency, volatility, and sexiness that an audience can simply not look away from. While it is clear the relationship is toxic Anderson and Reid play off each other so well that it is hard not to want to see Louis and Lestat on screen together.
While the updated relationship between Louis and Lestat is the heart of the reboot the show also has many other captivating updates. For example, the show has updated the time frame of the show. The original novel and film were both set in 1791 New Orleans with Louis being a plantation owner in his human life before meeting Lestat. The 2022 show is set in 1910s New Orleans and Lous is a Black man who is a brothel owner in New Orleans’ red-light district. This update adds a layer of complexity to the character of Louis as he deals with issues such as race politics in America during the 1910s. This is exemplified perfectly in episode three which sees the political implications of White Supremacy play out in a similar manner to the real-life destruction of many Black-owned businesses and towns in a post-reconstruction America. The show is a great example of how to make a reboot successful. Interview with the Vampire is a display of the manner in which reboots can both serve fans of the original work and make space for new fans.
The show does not make changes for sensationalism instead the changes are thoughtful and introspective. The changes are also inclusive, each change heralding a demographic of the audience the original did not make space for. The show has taken vampire lore to new heights with the creation of a show that is equally parts terrifying, psychologically intriguing, and beautiful. With a contract between AMC and Anne Rice that is said to include over eighteen works, it seems the partnership is up to a positive start. Interview with the Vampire is currently airing on AMC and AMC + and the show has already been renewed for a second season.
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