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NIGHT (SAN FRANCISCO) A small bare room, illuminated only by the streetlight coming through the window.
A hand presses a cassette into a recorder and fiddles with a small microphone.
Malloy sits over a table fiddling with the tape. He is young, half-shaven, dressed in T shirt and jeans. He looks too --
LOUIS, who stands by the window, looking out on the streeet, with his back to Mallowy. Louis is dressed in an old-fashioned suit.
LOUIS So you want me to tell you the story of my life...
MALLOY That's what I do. I interview people. I collect lives. F.M. radio. F.F.R.C. I just interviewed a genuine hero, a cop who -
LOUIS (quietly interrupting) You'd have to have a lot of tape for my story. I've had a very unusual life.
MALLOY So much the better. I've got a pocket full of tapes.
LOUIS You followed me here, didn't you?
MALLOY Saw you in the street outside. You seemed interesting. Is this where you live?
LOUIS It's just a room...
MALLOY So shall we begin? (Playfully, almost teasing) What do yo do?
LOUIS I'm a vampire.
MALLOY See? I knew you were interesting. You mean this literally, I take it?
LOUIS Absolutely. I was watching you watching me. I was waiting for you in that alleyway. And then you began to speak.
MALLOY Well, what a lucky break for me.
LOUIS Perhaps lucky for both of us.
Still in shadow he turns from the window and approaches the table.
LOUIS I'll tell you my story. All of it. I'd like to do that very much.
Malloy is uneasy as he studies the shadowy figure, fascinated but afraid.
MALLOY You were going to kill me? Drink my blood?
LOUIS Yes but you needn't worry about that now. Things change.
Louis stands opposite, hand on the chair. Malloy is riveted.
MALLOY You believe this, don't you? That you're a vampire? You really think...
LOUIS We can't begin this way. Let me turn on the light.
MALLOY But I thought vampires didn't like the light.
LOUIS We love it. But not human. beautiful and ghastly. The light appears to go out by itself and suddenly Louis is in the chair. Louis pulls the chord of the overhead naked light bulb. . MALLOY How did you do that? LOUIS The same way you do it. you see. eyes glittering. dimly lit by the street-light from the window. LOUIS' FACE appears inhumanly white. LOUIS Don't be frightened. A series of simple gestures. MALLOY Good God! He struggles to suppress fear and understand. Inhuman or not alive. I'm flesh and blood. I want this opportunity. the effect is subtle. I haven't been human for two hundred years. Only I moved too fast for you to see. I only wanted to prepare you. The cassette is turning.
passing an overseer and slaves at work. I grow up. Or shall we begin when I was born to darkness. as I call it. I was a man at that age. DAY. (1791) A dishevelled Louis. LOUISIANA.Malloy is speechless. MALLOY Yes. The master of a large plantation just south of New Orleans... are you? LOUIS Why should I lie? 1791 was the year it happened. rides his horse through the fields of indigo. I was twenty-four . hair in pigtail. in deep pocket frock coat. frightened yet enthralled.younger than you are now. don't you think? MALLOY You're not lying to me. . That's really where we should start. LOUIS What can I do to put you at ease? Shall we begin like David Copperfield? I am born. DISSOLVE TO: EXT. LOUIS But times were different then.
feminine. gamblers. There is a marble angel above the tomb. LOUIS (VO) I was twenty-four and life seemed finished. whores. with a tiny cherub angel in her arms. LOUIS (V. I couldn't bear the pain of thier loss.1791 INFANT JEAN MARIE . INT. WATERFRONT TAVERN.) I had just lost my wife in childbirth. black african freedmen. NIGHT. She and the infant had been buried less than half a year. he dismounts and walks through the tombs to an elaborate one in Greek Style. I longed for a release from it. All around him flatboatmen. His face is ashen.1791 Louis rps away the vines already covering the inscription. drinking absinthe. Louis looks from the angel. down to the inscriptions on the tomb: DIANNE DE POINTE DU LAC 1763 . He comes to a small parish church and a graveyard. .He passes slave quarters and the distant colonial mansion of Pointe du Lac. then drinks from a pocket-flask. Louis in ragged lace and dirty brocade sitting between two whores at a gaming table.O.
LOUIS Then do me a favour. His hand shakes. cards. My wealth. A gambler at the table stands in fury. sir. But Lady Luck didn't oblige. Get rid of this piece of shit. Louis smiles drunkenly and stands. smiles from beneath the shadow of his hood. my estate. exposing his chest.. over turning money. drinks. my sanity. LOUIS You lack the courage of your convictions..LOUIS (VO) I wanted to lose everything. The gambler's finger on the trigger. he rips open his lace shirt. LESTAT. . Gleaming blue eyes. Do it. The crowd hushes and draws back. a hooded figure in the corner. LOUIS You're calling me a cheat? GAMBLER I'm calling you a piece of shit - The gambler pulls out a pearl-handled pistol and points it at Louis. Louis dsiplays a hand of four aces.
off. then pulss a knife. IN THE WATER - . WHARF. EXT. quite insensible. crowded riverfront taverns full of ruffians.. WATERFRONT. Louis pockets the fistfulls of coins he has won. Louis staggers down. scowling. LOUIS My invitation was open to anyone. A pockmarked pimp follows behind. LOUIS (VO) But it was a vampire that accepted. drinking from a bottle. He turns. a release from the pain of living. being propped up against a wall by the whore in a dank wharf over the water. Close on his face. Louis falls to the ground. Loud. supported no more. The gambler lowers his gun. breaking his neck. as we hear the last breaths of life of the whore. and we see the face of Lestat. Sailors. whores and slaves. EXT. thieves. I invited it.. about to slice his throat. when a shadow falls over him. the whore screams and Lestat's other hand clamps over her mouth. Lestat drags her towards him.LOUIS (VO) Most of all I longed for death. The pimp rifles his pockets.. an arm around a whore. who lifts him into the air by his throat. I know that now. NIGHT.. insensible. Louis. NIGHT.
. now awake. hanging from a shipmast. ON THIER FEET . He turns. The other holds Louis. . THE WIND . with Louis in his arms. LESTAT They would have killed you - LOUIS Then my luck would have changed.every muscle rigid. LESTAT You want death? Is it death you want? LOUIS Yes.floats higher. ON LOUIS' FACE . as the blood is drained from him. One hand reaches out and grips a rope. Louis. LESTAT .hovering above the ground. draining his blood. to see Lestat. like two quivering dancers. Lestat floats down on top of him. draws his head back by the hair and sinks his teeth in his neck. and looks into Louis' drained face. then lifts him in the air. towering above him. stares down at them. teeth clenched.billows through the ghostly white sails and rigging of the boats around the wharf.. He withdraws his teeth.The bodies of the thief and whore float by. Above on the wharf.
Louis falls and plummets into the water below. MALLOY That's how it happened? LOUIS No. as you'll see. dangling from the rope of the shipmast.. The bodies of the whore and thief float beside him. WATERFRONT.coming to the surface.. Lestat smiles and lets him go. . LOUIS Enough. DAY. The Gift of Darkness requires more than that. in the water lapping by the wharf. He looks up and sees Lestat way above him. ON MALLOY'S FACE captivated. terrified. enthralled. SAN FRANCISCO. ROOM. LOUIS' FACE . EXT.LESTAT You still want death? Or have you tasted it enough? Louis can barely get the words out. INT.
Candlelight flickers on the face of the bisque virgin. Louis tosses and turns. dreaming. Yvette puts out all candles save one by the bed. A female slave. LAVISH FRENCH-FURNISHED BEDROOM AT POINT DU LAC.Louis floating by mudflats. shrouded with mosquito netting. Other slave women hover in the shadows. surrounded by dead fish. Louis is delerious in a four-poster bed.and angel or monster. Louis grabs his pistol from the table and cocks it. She is crying. exquisitely dressed in French clothing. stands by the bed smiling. LOUIS Who the hell are you? What are you doing in my house? . murmuring incoherently. LESTAT. INT. and withdraws. He gets to his feet and walks weakly through the mudflats. bathes his face with a rag. with the others. He came back the following night. the carcases of animals. YVETTE. Lestat looks amiable. eighteenth century rubbish. he wanted something from me. In the light of the candle we see that he is not human. but impossible . Then he opens his eyes. eyes too bright. skin too white. The sun is coming up over the sea behind him. even mischevious. LOUIS (VO) He left me half dead that morning.
LESTAT You're not afraid of anything. He takes the gun from Louis' hand and throws it away. LESTAT Were all last night's promises for nothing? He reaches out with his now-healed hand and plucks out the sword.LESTAT And a beautiful house it is too. are you? LOUIS Why should I be? Louis reaches for his sword. isn't it? Louis takes aim. Lestat is unfazed. Lestat puts his hand over the barrel. and point it. He draws closer. LESTAT Are you going to put that through me too? Ruin my beautiful clothes? He comes closer to Louis. Yours is a good life. so the sword passes through his waistcoat. hanging by the bed. Lestat laughs indulgently. The bullet tears a hole in Lestat's hand. . His hand begins to heal. right up to his face. Louis fires.
. . The camera drifts through the graveyard where Louis' wife is buring. Creatures of darkness. You want to die. only we see it that darkness more clearly than any mortal has ever seen. There seems no reason for any of it. mother and child. through the overhanging vines. Louis is becoming spellbound. comes to the grave of his wife and child.LOUIS What do you want from me? LESTAT I've come to answer your prayers. the statue of angel. does it? Lestat sits down on the bed. GRAVEYARD. LESTAT The wine has no taste. as if seen through some unearthly eye. Above the crypt. LESTAT Vampires. The food sickens you.. Everything is lit with an eery glow. Dissolve to: EXT. Louis and Lestat drifting. with the sound of a heartbeat. NIGHT. that's what we are. don't you? Life has no meaning anymore. dreamlike. drawing up one knee. does there? But what if I could give it back to you? Pluck out the pain and give you another life? And it would be for all time? And sickeness and death could never touch you again? The vampire theme rises.
LOUIS BEDROOM.. Louis. MARBLE CHILD Papa. . Louis. Death took them. Diane. The angel raises her head and has the face of Louis wife.. He cries out in anguish- LOUIS Diane!!!! LESTAT They are gone. LOUIS NO!!!!! INT. The child speaks. NIGHT. Death which you can now destroy.LESTAT Wouldn't it be sweet to bid pain goodbye? To wave away anguish and grief? To embrace the peace of the unending night? The marble fingers of the child on the statue move. Lestat places a hand on his forehead and soothes him. she raises her hand and touches Louis tear-streamed face. Louis reaches out to embrace them and finds himself touching cold marble... thrashing on the bed in a delerium.
Lestat draws back. then stands up and goes to the French doors. Watch it carefully. do you hear me? LOUIS Give it to me!!! LESTAT Vampires. The sun rises . you'll never see it again. You must prove yourself. We thrive on blood.LESTAT You have to ask me for this. You have to want it. I will give you the choice I never had. LESTAT The sun's coming up. He looks outside. but stares into his eyes. LESTAT Tomorrow night. If you come with me tomorrow. Louis sits dazed. staring at the empty French window. LOUIS I want it! Lestat bends close as if to drink Louis' blood. Louis does not shrink back. He leaves.
striking water-pitcher.with unnatural beauty. singing. yet I don't remember any sunrise before it. I remember it completely. LESTAT Your grief has unhinged you. as if it were the first. That morning I was not yet a vampire. music. We'll start with him. PLANTATION. You've let your estate rot. and I saw my last sunrise. over the swamplands and the plantation. filling the room. EXT. the white overseer is whipping a black slave. huddles groups around fires. Lestat and Louis walk through the slave quarters. I watched the whole magnificence of the dawn for the last time. The sound of whipping is heard. mirror. with horrifying savagery. start? LESTAT . work your slaves to the bone. LOUIS How do you mean. And the I said goodbye to sunlight and went out to become what I became. NIGHT. glass. In the woods beyond the quarters. and the picture of his dead wife. LESTAT You let your overseer run riot. LOUIS (VO) My last sunrise.
with the bloodied whip. But Lestat turns to Louis and smiles. Louis runs to him. Lestat is on him in an instant.Call him. LESTAT You've just done it - LOUIS . drops the whip and runs for the trees. He sinks is teeth in his neck. with his bloodied mouth. tries to pull him off. LESTAT Why the bloody whip. shivers with terror. LESTAT Let's call that a start. Louis calls. LOUIS Carlos!!! The overseer turns and comes towards them. Carlos? The overseer looks into his eyes. LOUIS I can't do it.
EXT. licked his wounds clean. Louis running up the steps leading to the gallery. LOUIS Backs away as Lestat rises and descends the steps so fluidly he hardly seems to move. LESTAT (GENTLY) I wish I were... I dumped him in the swamp and untied the slave. POINTE DU LAC.Kill me if you will. but I can't do this. LESTAT Don't worry. He looks up and sees - LESTAT -- Sitting collected at the head of the steps. He was white trash. NIGHT. But if I were. aren't you? That's who you are. LOUIS You're the devil. what would I want with you? . He is crazed with guilt. they come at two a penny. He flees. as Lestat ends to finish off the overseer.
LOUIS But why do you want me? LESTAT Because you're as strong as I was when I was alive.LOUIS I can't go through with it. Your bitter and you're strong. he turns and heads for a nearby swamp. Louis takes out his flask and drinks. LESTAT You really want to be with them? LOUIS . Drinks from the flask. Drunkely. CEMETERY. radiant. I tell you. leans his forehead against the stone. Lestat appears beside him. EXT. NIGHT. LESTAT Your perfect. beautiful. Louis stops again in front of the crypt.
But I'm not that lonely. holding an infant. Do you want to come or not? Louis capitulates in one long sigh. I'm lonely for a companion. which shatters on the stones. It happens to everyone. Lestat appears angelic in his radiance. no longer recognisable as individuals. revealing the half-rotted body of a women. insects and worms crawling over it. Young as we are now. Lestat stares at him. Just that simple. . Kill me like you promised - LESTAT You asked for death. smiling. His fist shatters that in turn. eaten away lace. my friend. a tangle of gruesome rotted hair. Except us. then hyperclear. It's death. becoming a hazy dreamlike vision. He drops the flask.Yes. lonely for your strength. Think and choose. I didn't promise it - In a quiet rage. LESTAT We shall be this way always. Kill me. revealing a coffin below. flesh. Lestat raise his fist and shatters the marble face stone. LESTAT It's not your wife and child my friend. Louis again is spellbound. Louis gasps.
Louis looks from the rotting bodies to Lestat above him.LOUIS Yes. Lestat comes closer. Lestat speaks gently. If you drink from me you live for ever.. We see Louis' face. the child's fingers reach out. growing paler. He drinks his blood. Her hair blows in the breeze.. wonderful gold tresses. Lestat lifts his hand to his lips and blows Louis a kiss. obscuring his face. LESTAT Did I hear a yes? LOUIS Yes. coming together. If I leave you here you die. Lestat embraces Louis. LOUIS POV -The moon. as if come alive.. We hear two heartbeats. BACK TO SCENE Lestat lets Louis fall down beside the broken crypt. .. The marble statue of his wife and child smile at him. His eyes stare upwards. LESTAT I've drained you to the point of death. paler. through hanging vines.. losing thier focus. as his blood is drained. out of sync. smiling. radiant..
Lestat watches him drink his wrist with wry amusement. Lestat lifts his own right wrist to his teeth. Louis rises to accept the first drops with his open mouth. . The world is transformed. as Louis clamps his hand on Lestat's arm and drinks from the wrist. the moon. the clouds. Fangs slash his own flesh. astonished at the ease of it. the swamp. He looks down with pity at the corpses of his wife and child who appear beautiful in death now rather than repulsive. LOUIS' POV - Vampire vision.. Lestat gathers him up. the cry of the night birds all come to him with unnatural clarity. Louis finishes. LESTAT You're sure? LOUIS Sure. Give it to me.LOUIS No. blood falls. The VAMPIRE THEME swells. He closes the lid of the coffin and replaces it in the ground.. staggers away from him as if drunk. Don't leave me here.
Lestat wipes Louis' brow. It will take twenty minutes at most. containing more facets of light and colour. you're going to feed now. his buttons are glimmering in the light. LESTAT Come. as if he's never seen it before. Pay no attention. LESTAT Stop staring at my buttons. Louis is suddenly racked by shudders of pain. Everything is clearer. LESTAT It happens to us all. Didn't I tell you it was going to be fun? Lestat leads him into the swamp. LOUIS . Lestat's eyes are brighter. LESTAT You're body's dying. Everything astonished Louis. LOUIS Dying? Louis dry-retches.He turns and stares at Lestat whom he sees now with vampire's vision. brighter.
LESTAT That doesn't matter anymore.... the old..I want a woman. women. Come. LESTAT Take him. Several share a bottle of rum around the fire. A male slave rises. A crucifix gleams round his neck. You'll see. Camp of runaway slaves. LOUIS The crucifix - LESTAT Forget the crucifix.simply because they are alive. A gorgeous hunk of flesh in the moonlight and goes into the swamp to relieve his bladder. Men.SWAMP Small high ground. LESTAT They're all beautiful now. Take him. - The slave walks towards them in the darkness. . the young. Louis. Lestat laughs and his laughter echoes like bells in Louis' ears. LOUIS' VAMPIRE POV .
The slave looks up and sees them. Lestat's laughter echoes around him.. You were made for this. LOUIS What have I done? LESTAT You have fed.. brings him to the ground and sinks his teeth in his neck. the magnificent body shuddering in its death-throes. The slave dies. Two gleaming white beings standing before him with devil's eyes. The he runs. laughing. Louis can resist him no more. LESTAT Resist no more Louis. drunkenly.Louis hesitates.. Feed. Close on Louis feeding on the slave. Louis looks down at the body of the slave. engorged with blood. He swoops on him with a vampire's rapid movement. LOUIS Dear God. Lestat stands above. what have I done? .. Louis rises from him.
. MALLOY You said the slave had a crucifix. that rumour about crosses? MALLOY You can't look at them. screaming in anguish. ... SAN FRANCISCO. Louis runs from him.LESTAT You've killed Louis. throws back his head and bares his new fangs to the moon. LOUIS Oh. Malloy stares at Louis. Lestat laughs harder. LOUIS Dear God. NIGHT. terrified and enthralled. what have I become???? INT. EXT. NIGHT. He falls to his knees. And enjoyed it.. ROOM. Louis reaches his wife's grave. GRAVEYARD.
LOUIS Nonsense, my friend. I can look on anything I like. And I am particularly fond of looking on crucifixes.
MALLOY The story about stakes through the heart?
LOUIS The same. As you would say today... Bull shit.
MALLOY What about coffins?
LOUIS Coffins... coffins unfortunately are a necessity...
EXT. MANSION. NIGHT.
Louis walks up the steps to the mansion. He looks now like a fully-fledged vampire. Yvette, the slave girl stares at him from the open doorway. Cascades of harpsichord music come from the interior.
LOUIS (VO) Killing is no ordinary act. It is the experience of another's life for certain. That night I had lost my own life and taken another's. I was drowning in a sea of human guilt and regret, with all the heightened senses of a vampire...
Louis enters the mansion, following the harpsichord music, as if in a dream. Yvette draws back as he approaches.
INT. MANSION. NIGHT.
Louis wanders into the parlour, where Lestat is playing the harpsichord rapidly and exuberantly. Louis goes to a full-length mirror and sees his own reflection there - quite the perfect vampire.
LESTAT Yes, that's you, my handsome friend. And you'll look that way till the stars fall from heaven.
LOUIS It can't be...
LESTAT Give it time. You're like a man who loses a limb and still imagines he feels pain. It will pass. And we must sleep now. I can feel the sun approaching.
EXT. POINTE DU LAC.
Dawn spreading over the plantation.
INT. BASEMENT. POINTE DU LAC.
A brick walled storage room. Two coffins stand on the floor. Lestat enters with a lantern, Louis behind. Lestat is apprehensive and protective of Louis. He pulls back one lid ot reveal a satin interior.
You must get into it. It's the only safe place for you when the light comes.
LOUIS And if I don't?
LESTAT The sun will destroy the blood I've given you. Every tissue, every vein. The fire in this lantern could do that too.
Louis approaches the coffin, hands trembling as he peers into it.
LESTAT Don't be afraid. In moments you'll be sleeping as soundly as you ever slept. And when you awake I'll be waiting for you, and so will all the world.
Louis crawls into the coffin, fearful yet fascinated.
LOUIS You told me something earlier. You said you didn't have a choice. Was that true?
Lestat smiles bitterly and nods.
LESTAT Someday I'll tell you. We have a lot of time to talk to each other. You might say... we have all the time we shall ever need.
He closes the lid.
. LESTAT Your wealth. LOUIS (VO) I sat there staring at him with contempt. dear Louis. Louis just stares at him. Your income from cotton alone will keep us in comfort for a century.Total darkness. And I realized there are as profound differences between vampires as between human beings. is inestimable.... LOUIS Dear God. NIGHT. . DINING ROOM. he was the sow's ear out of which nothing fine could be made. totting up figures on a piece of paper. Of his prayer again. LOUIS (VO) I awoke the next evening to a different world. Louis and Lestat sitting at a sumptuous table. I felt sadly cheated in having him as a teacher. Lestat. Sounds of Louis' panicked breathing. Lestat is going through sheafs of documents. He had the soul of a shopkeeper. what have I done? INT. piled with uneaten food.
.Lestat looks up at him and grins.. LOUIS (VO) I looked at anything mortal and saw all life as precious. He could eat a horse. YVETTE You are not hungry. sir. Louis turns and looks at Yvette.. my dear. LESTAT Au contraire. troubled. LOUIS (VO) . staring at Lestat with loathing. You'll become accustomed to things all too quickly.. Yvette returns his stare. LOUIS Do you think so? Yvette enters. Lestat laughs loudly. condemning all fruitless guilt and passion that would let it slip through the fingers like sand. Just forget about that mortal coil.. Her beautiful forehead in the candlelight.. the veins pulsing on her neck and her hands. LESTAT You'll get used to killing. stands behind him.
Louis drinks the blood and stares at it in surprise. Louis stops her hand. LOUIS I will finish it. He hands the glass to Louis. then at the dead rat on the fine lace tablecloth. . Yvette. He pours the blood into a crystal glass.It was only as a vampire that I could see Yvette's beauty. LESTAT Such fine crystal shouldn't go to waste. We're lucky to have such a home. Yvette reaches for his uneaten plate. Holds it for a beat too long. She turns and runs from the table. His hand snakes out under the table. It comes up holding a large grey rat. Now leave us.. Lestat leans towards him. you fool? Don't give the game away. LESTAT Can't you pretend.. at least. He bares his fangs and slices the rat's throat. Her fear of me increased my desire. LESTAT Pretend to drink. looking at the veins in her wrist.
LESTAT I know. LOUIS Fascination.. A useful trick if you're caught for a month on a ship at sea. LESTAT I wouldn't call it living.. studying it sadly. LOUIS . I'd call it surviving. LESTAT Yes.. It gets cold so fast. And I'm bored with this prattle -- He throws the rat away. LESTAT There's nothing in the world now that doesn't hold some. Lestat strokes the belly of the dead rat.. LOUIS We can live like this? Off the blood of animals? Lestat shrugs.
It's possible. A big. crooked wigs watch the show as tavern wenches move about. LESTAT Anything is possible. a tavern wench. NIGHT. Italian actors in buffoonish costumes act crude commedia dell'arte on the stage.But we can live without taking human life. sits on Lestat's lap. The best in the colony. lace. TERESA Come on. in the shadow of a tree. pouring drinks for the two of them. Plantation owners in soiled brocade. lavish drinking place with a raised stage. Come into New Orleans and let me show you some real sport! He rises. mon cher. richly dressed might attract no more notice in the evening than hundreds of other exotic creatures. EXT. a magical and magnificent place to live. In which a vampire. Louis and Lestat by a table. Once you touch this you'll never go . Louis follows. But just try it for a week. Teresa. LOUIS (VO) This was New Orleans. NEW ORLEANS. She lifts a fresh glass to Lestat's lips as he flirts with her.
who if apalled and fascinated. He lets his tongue play with hers. TAVERN.to any other tavern again. then runs it down her neck. No one notices. LESTAT Let's get out of here! Lestat rushes out. looking playfully behind at Louis. She kisses him. NIGHT. cherie? But what if I'd rather taste your lips? TERESA My lips are even sweeter still. Lestat slips the pale and dead Teresa into a chair beside him and folds her hands on the table.. Then he sinks his teeth gently in her neck. ANTICS ON THE STAGE Laughter rocks the tavern.. She swoons with pleasure. thrilled with himself. LESTAT You think so. A crowded street. EXT. Louis and Lestat emerge from the tavern. He lays gold coins on the table and touches Louis' knee. Louis looks up at .
They represented the greatest loss to Lestat because they stood on the threshold of the maximum possibility of life. LOUIS (VO) Lestat killed two. A youth of preternatural beauty. holding two manicured poodles. freed slaves. It's so easy you almost feel sorry for them. sometimes three a night. that was his favourite for the first of the evening. LOUIS Have you ever been caught? LESTAT Of course not. sailors etc. sillhouetted against French windows. Young men stand opposite. whores.the moon. Lestat stares at the youth with longing.BALLROOM Small orchestra plays for colonial couples in fine wig and garb prancing to a French minuet. Young women sit in chairs along the walls with their chaperones. . LOUIS (VO) But the triumphant kill of Lestat was a young man. A fresh young girl. seated. INT. FRENCH QUARTER MANSION -. He is talking to an elegan widow. full of ladies in their finery. They walk down the crowded night street.
LESTAT . But one thing is true of everyone. We grow stronger as we go along. LESTAT Take my word for it.LESTAT The trick is not to think about it. Clair? she had that gorgeous young fop murder her husband. who smiles in return. LOUIS But how do you know? LESTAT Read her thoughts. And do you know what they did to him? He smiles at the young man. LESTAT The dark gift is different for each of us. Go ahead. She blamed a slave for his murder. See that one? The widow St. She's perfect for you. LOUIS I can't. He leads Louis closer to them.
TREES. He looks back at Louis. And they taste better. romantically. EXT. CLAIR Yes. She leans towards him concquettishly. that's the melody. He can't do it. NIGHT.. A scream pierces the night. sees her as beautiful in the moonlight.The evildoers are easier. gently. Lestat. you really amaze me! I'm old enough to be your grandmother. She is weak in his arms. young man. Louis draws his lips away. LAWNS. WIDOW ST. He takes her in his arms. She swoons.. bending over the body of the dead youth. Oh yes. walking with the widow.. EXT. I remember it. and sinks in his teeth. NIGHT. WIDOW ST CLAIR Murder!!! Murderer!! . but still alive. who holds both poodles on a delicate leash.. Louis. He shotts out an arm and grabs one. Lestat walks the youth towards a copse of trees. WIDOW ST. CLAIR Now. The minuet spills from the french windows. crazed with hunger. He allows her lips reach his. then the other. The poodles growl.
LOUIS You want to see me kill? Watch me kill you then - . You could have finished us both! Louis throws himself on Lestat with extraordinary force. claps a hand over her mouth and breaks her neck. Louis is trying to quiet her. LESTAT I don't know any hell - Louis hurls him against tree after tree with a strength he never knew he had. NIGHT The widow on the grass. WIDOW ST CLAIR My little papillions! My butterflies!!! He killed them!!! Lestat comes from nowhere. pummelling him towards the trees. LESTAT You whining coward of a vampire who prowls the night killing rats and poodles. He spits in fury at Louis. LAWNS.EXT. LOUIS What have you done to me? You've condemned me to hell. her poodles dead beside her.
He drags him to the ground an throttles him. Lestat looks up at him, amazed and amused at the same time.
LESTAT What strength, my friend, what strength. I remember why I chose you now.
Lestat squirms from his grip, seemingly effortlessly.
LESTAT But you can't kill me, Louis. Nor I you.
He ruffles Louis' hair, with wry affection.
LESTAT Feed on what you want, mon cherie. Rats, chickens, doves, goats. I'll leave you to it and watch you come round. Just remember, life without me would be even more unbearable...
He smiles. A sly, pleasureable secret secret smile.
EXT. POINTE DU LAC. NIGHT.
Their carriage draws up to the mansion as the first fingers of light spread across the sky.
LOUIS (VO) Being a vampire to him meant revenge. Revenge against life-itself. Every time
he took a life it was revenge. and the slaves with a wisdom that was denied their masters, began to notice...
INT. SLAVE-HUT. NIGHT.
In a tiny cabin, a slave family. Kids sleeping on the floor, in cribs and cots. The parents sleep on the bed, young, beautiful, naked. Beside them is Lestat, who is drinking the husband's blood, his hand playing across the breast of the wife as he does so. She murmurs in her sleep.
WIFE Yes... please...
She grabs his fingers and kisses them, thinking him to be her husband. Lestat gently disengages himself and leaves.
EXT. SLAVE-HUT. NIGHT.
The woman's scream pierces the sky, as Lestat walks into the night.
EXT. CHICKEN-COOP. NIGHT.
Every chicken is dead, bloodies necks hanging down from the cribs. Louis emerges from the entrance, blood on his lips. He hears the scream.
EXT. SLAVE QUARTER. NIGHT.
The sound of drumming is heard, african, primal. The woman runs through the quarters, screaming grief. Others gather at doorways, restrain and console her.
EXT. DOVE-COTE. DAY.
A beautiful, elaborate eighteenth century dove-cote. Every dove inside is dead, pierced at the neck. A balck hand throws in a flaming torch and it bursts into flame.
INT. CABIN. NIGHT.
A doll, made in the image of Lestat, is pierced with needles.
EXT. SWAMP BY FIELDS. DAY.
Bodies of slaves floating in the swamp, with the bodies of goats. Slaves at the edge throw ropes around the bodies, pull them towards the shore. The drumming grows louder.
EXT. SLAVE-QUARTERS. NIGHT.
Louis walking through. The slaves hush as he appraoches, gather in doorways and whipser. He turns and looks at them, sorrowfully. He looks truly like a ghost. Their eyes turn away when they meet his. He walks on.
INT. DINING ROOM IN MANSION. NIGHT.
Lestat and Louis sit at the table, the untouched food between them.
LESTAT Consider yourself lucky. In Paris a vampire has to be clever for many reasons.
LOUIS Paris? You came from Paris? LESTAT As did the one who made me. You must have lernt something from him! It had to happen for you as it did for me! LESTAT I learnt absolutely nothing. you must know where we come from.. remember? LOUIS But you must know something about the meaning of it all. LOUIS Tell me about him.. LESTAT Why? Why should I know these things? Do you know them? The drumming grows outside. LESTAT (gripping his temples) . Lestat spits out in anger. I wasn't give a choice. why we.Here all one needs is a pair of fangs.
EXT. Lestat rides through. They see us dine on empty plates and drink from empty glasses.. humming a French aria. The slaves. don't you see? For each and every human life I have respect.That noise! It's driving me mad! We've been in the country for weeks. scattering the flames. The drumming stops. The slaves . dancing. LESTAT Respect me a little then. gathered on mass around fires. LESTAT You'll soon run out of chickens. I'm the only life you know. He walks out. Frenzied drumming. NIGHT. Lestat turns childishly. Louis stares. A real french opera! We can dine in splendour! LOUIS I respect life. SLAVE QUARTERS. with nothing but that noise!!! LOUIS They know about us. There's an opera on tonight. LESTAT Come the New Orleans then. Louis stares at his plate. petulantly. Louis..
Is all well at Pointe Du Lac tonight? Yvette draws closer. POINTE DU LAC DINING ROOM. the slave girl enters. . Light reveals her beauty. He's getting hungry. INT. Animals.look towards the house. Yvette. Louis. Slowly. sitting in despair by the table. Yvette. her breasts are gorgeous. YVETTE Michi Louis? You don't want any supper? Louis laughs harshly. they begin to move towards it. I need no supper. YVETTE We worry about you master. NIGHT. LOUIS (dazed) Leave me alone now. Are you our master still at all? Louis watches her sadly. men. When do you ride about the fields? How long since you've been to the slave quarters? Everywhere there is death. ma cher. Her throat is long and slender. LOUIS No.
Louis clamps his hand over her mouth. She touches his hair. She suddenly gasps. They are frightenend of you. Louis stands. then drops it. In horror. Yvette. Send away this new friend of yours. The slaves are frightenend of him. grief-stricken. Louis realises he has broken her neck. He carries her body outside. LOUIS Hush. The drumming grows louder. EXT. withdraws her hand. She comes closer. He brings her cut wrist to his lips. bringing the empty glasses and crockery to the floor. . NIGHT. revolted. MANSION. He kisses her wrist. Yvette - She screams even louder. She sees her wrist is red with blood. She sees the blood on his lips. He takes her hand and brings it to his lips. and he can hear her beating heart. She screams. pulls. LOUIS I am frightened of myself. sharply. Her hand grips the table-cloth.YVETTE I will not go unless you listen to me.
He goes from window to window. The slaves are gathered at the foot of the mansion steps. You're free men. He places the body of Yvette in a rocking chair on the varanda. He is deranged with grief. They see Louis come out. you are no free men. everything. holding the body of Yvette. all windows open. lace curtains. LOUIS Do I have to convince you? He rushed up the stairs. LOUIS This place is cursed.MASTER .. They stare at him blankly. do you hear me? And your master is the devil. SLAVES POV -. round the slave-cabins. They don't move. and looks at the mansion. lighting drapes. LOUIS Unlike me. Damned. all candleabra and chandeliers lighted.Fires burning in the distance.. He turns behind him. snatches up the candleabra and sets fire to the drapes. LOUIS Get out while you can.
carrying him on his shoulder. blocking their way. whip in hand. INT. then collapses onto the floor. Suddenly a large french window cascades inwards and Lestat stands there. what have you done? LOUIS What you wouldn't do. carried over Lestat's shoulder. the heat. It's almost sunrise.Setting fire to the house. With many crypts. DAWN. A wall of flame gushes out from the interior. The sun or the fire! Louis stands there. He is weakening with the fumes. wandering from room to room of the burning mansion. He runs out the shattered window. HE'S MAD". EXT. Behind him we can see the morning sky. unconscious. They rush up the stairs with shouts of "STOP HIM. NIGHT. he sees paintings of his wife consumed by the flames. It will be the sun or the fire. Lestat darts forward and catches him before he drops. Louis. the texture of his skin. BURNING MANSION. . weakened. You said they can kill me. LESTAT You fool. We can see this in his face. LARGE GRAVEYARD. Louis.
LESTAT And what if there is no hell.. hesitantly. . Louis lying on the floor of a large crypt. SAN FRANCISCO. Does this make you happy? Is this fitting and proper enough? Louis laughs softly. NIGHT. The vampire sits in silence. CRYPT. He slowly comes to. Darkness. or they don't want us there? Ever think of that? INT. LOUIS We belong in hell. LOUIS Where are we? LESTAT Where do you think. my idiot friend? We're in a nice filthy cemetery.. ROOM. Malloy speaks. as if tired by his story. MALLOY You loved Yvette.INT.
EVENING.. detachment. Open to rooftops of colonial city. LOUIS I was human then. From the sea. INT. He looks directly at Malloy. LOUIS (VO) Lestat I did not love. shocking him with his gaze. at evening. Both are blesses or cursed with a certain.LOUIS Can a vampire feel love? MALLOY You loved your wife. NEW ORLEANS. And he survived. I will never know. INN. surely. As I loved Pointe Du Lac. EXT. And as with each thing I loved. A lavish little supper chamber with coffered bed. Though whether angels take as long to learn it as I. Might as well ask can an angel feel love. fancy French furniture. EVENING.. shrouded in mist. Louis sits by an open window looking out over the . I loved Yvette. LOUIS Yes. I destoryed it.
. WHORE . Louis turns and sees - Lestat. LESTAT Do you think so? He rubs her breast. WHORE 1 You're skin's icy. I can warm that cold skin of yours better than she can. in the main chamber with two drugged or drunked whores. sinking his teeth into her neck. WHORE She's stupid.. Behind. dead. we can hear the laughter of Lestat and tow female voices. One runs her finger down his chest. The other seems out of it.city. LESTAT Not always. He presses his thumb on her neck and holds her tight. LESTAT Your friend has no head for wine. he turns to the other. After a time she falls to the bed.
LESTAT What do you imagine you are Louis? LOUIS I don't pretend to know. She does into the swoon. LESTAT Ah. Your sweet friend . Louis looks on in disgust.I exhausted her. LOUIS I'm leaving you. but the price is pretty high. drinks her blood. I'm interested in my own nature and know I can't trust you to tell me the truth about me. LESTAT What. He bites her in turn. Lestat pulls away from the whore. He stands. .Why you're warm now. no flowery speeches? About what a monster I am? What a vulgar fiend? LOUIS I'm not interested in you. You disgust me. I can't stand this any longer.
You live off the blood of rats now Louis. The girl moans. who's all seeing eyes were meant to give them detachment. Lestat - LESTAT I know..LESTAT Don't you understand. He slashes her wrist with his teeth. LESTAT You think you can be human. How human is that? . Let her alone. and lets the blood drip into a glass. You think you can go back. Predators. she's alive!!!! LESTAT Vampires are killers. that you alone of all creatures can see death with impunity.. open her eyes. Louis. The girl moans again. LOUIS The girl. you alone under the rising moon can strike like the hand of God. LOUIS Lestat. But you can't.
hysterical. You're dead. He walks to his coffin. LESTAT You're tired love.The girls moans again. The girl pushes the lid off. love. Lestat picks her up. Ah! He stands up.. you are a killer Louis. GIRL It's a coffin. The girl begins to scream. Kill them swiftly if you will. We hear muffled screaming and banging from inside. She looks at Louis. Take you aesthete's taste to purer things. a coffin! Get me out! LESTAT Of course it's a coffin. but do it! For now doubt. LOUIS Why do you do this Lestat? LESTAT I like to do it. puts her inside and sits on the lid. I enjoy it. love. LESTAT Lie still. . Lestat drinks that glass.. you want to sleep.
LESTAT Unless I make her one of us..if you feel so much - The girl grabs Louis and pleads. love. GIRL You won't let me die.Louis screams at Lestat LOUIS Lestat . you breast.. Look at your wrist. He picks her up again. LOUIS NO!!! LESTAT . will you? You'll save me? LESTAT But it's too late.finish this - LESTAT You finish her . He turns to Louis laughing.
The street is crawling with rats. LOUIS My God. EXT.THEN YOU KILL HER!!!!! The girl screams.. my temples throbbed. . are all I have to learn from. And I gave it to you. Lestat looks at Louis. and Louis is following them. NIGHT. as these dreaded questions caused me to neglect my thirst. Louis. my veins were threads of pain in my flesh. they called it the dark gift. then another. Then Lestat. in which every house is marked with an X. in a fit of pique puts his teeth to her neck.. Louis puts his hands to his ears. then another and another. We see him from behind. Louis leaves without a word. A rat scurried down a gutter... LESTAT In the old world. She dies at last. to think you. A terrible silence descends. Louis' hand graps the rat. gripping one. walking down the street.. A man passes with a lantern. DANK NEW ORLEANS BACK STREETS. my thirst grew hotter.. A smaller side street. LOUIS (VO) Am I damned? Am I from the devil? Is my very nature that of a devil? And all the while.
the door slightly open. A little girl. LOUIS (VO) . Go back the way you came.. I'm frightened. I stood in an empty desolate street and heard the sound of a child crying.. It's the plague. repeating them to himself. As Louis enters. He walks on.and finally. he sees the woman is dead. Louis smiles bitterly at these words. when I could stand it no longer.. . CLAUDIA Mama. NIGHT. A house. following the rats. please wake up. marked with an X. please wake up..MAN Don't go that way Monsieur. Louis walks towards it. LOUIS The way I came. HOUSE. Mama. INT. pulling at a figure in a rocking chair. The sound of a child crying inside. Her eyes are being eaten away by rats.
Gradually another sound replaces it. please help us. LESTAT Ah. Monsieur. . Or is it merely touching? I'm not sure. Papa's waiting for us at the ship. He sees Lestat slapping his knee and laughing in the doorway. he gathers her in his arms. my martyr. "Never take a human life". She runs to him. Well you must admit it is funny. my philospher. He looks down pitying on her beautiful face. Suddenly Louis backs away. Her breathing becomes calm as she goes into the swoon. LOUIS (VO) And if I am damned. brings his head down towards her. suddenly utterly secure.Louis gasps in horror. why do I fell such pity for her gaunt face? Why do I wish to warm her tiny arms? Comfort her beating heart? She snuggles into him. LESTAT'S LAUGHTER. caught redhanded. Instinctively. And we see Louis shiver. Please wake mama. She is a radiant doll or angel as she stretches out her hand to Louis. Claudia turns. as his lips go to her neck. She tugs at his hair. CLAUDIA Monsieur. GROWING LOUDER AND LOUDER. the child in his arms.
The plague would have got her within hours anyway. Louis. EXT..Louis stares at hte unconscious Claudia in horror. humming and talking. All the night life of New Orleans flows by him. sees the tiny wounds on her throat. LESTAT Come back. Her head falls back. And when I had Lestat's words made sense to me. Black water flows from her mouth. WATERFRONT.. then lets her slip gently into a chair. I knew peace only when I killed and when I heard her heart in that terrible rhythm I knew again what peace could be. Shamefully he wipes his mouth. Lestat snatches up the dead mother from the chair and begins to dance with her in great circles. Louis running through an assortment of streets. shall we? Maybe there's some life in the old lady yet? Louis flees into the street. NIGHT. LESTAT Let's make some party of it. Yet even then I could not contenance it. DAWN. STREETS. LOUIS (VO) For years I had not savoured a human. . EXT. you are what you are. Merciful Death how you love your precious guilt.
pale and shivering. You feel it like no other creature because you are a vampire. You don't want it to go on. Lestat comes through. SOME EVENINGS LATER.Fingers of light in the sky. EVENING. so pale and shivering he seems close to death. LESTAT All I need to find you Louis is follow the corpses of rats. Now the bodies of dead rats lie all around. He crawls inside. crowded with rats.LESTAT'S. . Louis. INT. SEWER-PIPE. They emerge from the sewer and walk along the waterfront. The same sewer-pipe. walks splashing through the water. A pire of fine leather boots splash through the water . WATERFRONT. EXT.. He bends down to him. Louis huddled there. He comes to a huge sewer-pipe.. suprisingly gently and puts his own coat around him. LESTAT Pain is terrible for you. LOUIS No.
And you will feel as you felt with that child in your arms. none so like him as ourselves. come. SUPPER ROOM.LESTAT Do what it is in your nature to do. and so shall we. Louis is baffled. I am like a mother tonight. . LOUIS Oh God Lestat. INT. I want a child. For no creatures under God are as we are. to stop his shivering. LESTAT That and more. LOUIS Is God merciless? Greedy and cruel? LESTAT Ah. I felt peace. indiscriminately. LESTAT Evil is a point of view. God kills. but we have even more in common with our creator. He follows. INN. He puts his arm around Louis. I felt an end to the craving.
two marks on her neck. your wounded one. You left her alive.. . LESTAT She's here. under the coverlet. LESTAT Don't worry.Lestat enters. Claudia lies there. Lestat holds up a candle and walks towards a large four-poster bed. Lestat shakes her gently. LOUIS What are you saying? LESTAT You need company. LOUIS Lestat! LESTAT You remember how you wanted her. More congenial than mine. you're conscience is clear. angelic. Louis. the taste of her - LOUIS I didn't want to kill her. Louis..
but Lestat brushes him aside efforlessly.. listen to me.LESTAT Claudia. You must drink it to get well. He pulls her losse and she growls and stares at him with big clear astonished eyes. reviving. More. Lestat moans. sucking the blood fiercely. LESTAT Stop. You're ill. my precious and I'm going to give you what you need to get well. making little noises like a person waking from sleep. CLAUDIA I want more. . LOUIS Lestat. Claudia. that's enough. LESTAT That's it dear. Louis rises to his feet as Claudia clutches Lestat's arm. Claudia sucks on the wound. Lestat bites his wrist and presses the bledding wound to the child's mouth. so he falls to the floor. No more.. what do you mean? Louis runs at him. He winces in pain.
bright-eyed yet crazed. quelle Belle enfant! . cherie. And I'll show you how to get it. CLAUDIA More. my beauty. She shakes her beautiful curls and the dust falls from them. He does not notices as -- The MAID enters. MAID Ah. Becoming white yet robust. Still suffering. of course you want more. They are shining in the candlelight. but from me? Never again. Lestat pulls the bell-rope. LESTAT Yes. You drink from morals. holding his wrist. Louis cannot stop looking at her. CLOSE ON CLAUDIA Being transformed.LOUIS What have you done? Lestat puts her down on the bed and sits beside her. obviously in pain.
Stop before the heart stops. Close on Louis. They must not be made to suffer. Claudia lunges for the throbbing vein in the neck. He lets the dead maid onto the floor. cherie. Lestat lays his hand on the maid's throat and Claudia watches keenly. his anguish. CLAUDIA I want some more. his fascinated horror. yes. kneels in front of Claudia.The maid comes near the bed. lest the death takes you down with it. LESTAT Gently. locking on to the flowing blood. They are so innocent. Claudia looks at the corpse. The Maid is transfixed. cherie. LESTAT It's bet in the beginning. LOUIS You are the devil! You are the instrument of Satan! LESTAT That's enough. that's it. My .
CLAUDIA Where is Mamma? The words echo in Louis' head. Very good! You're going to be our child now.child. Lestat takes out his comb and begins to comb her hair. Not a drop spilt. They all go to Heaven. My beloved child. LOUIS(WHISPER) You are the devil! You are the instrument of Satan! LESTAT Shhhh! Do you want to frighten our little daughter? CLAUDIA . cherie. And you did very well. Claudia is a vision. LESTAT Your mama's left you with us. She wants you to be happy. LESTAT Mamma's gone to Heaven. cherie. a doll made out of pearl. as he puts his hands to his ears. Lestat and Claudia sit on the Louis XVI settee. like that sweet lady over there. voice crisp. Animated.
He was going to go away.. But now he's not. LOUIS You fiend. Vampire skin and hair. my dearest. You monster. Malloy is open mouthed. LESTAT Yes you are. then he embraces her as a father might a daughter. CLAUDIA Lou. She smiles at him. Same as his. He looks over her shoulder to Lestat. You see Louis was going to leave us. Louis is conflicted. He cannot leave her.eee. her hair. He touches her cheeks. Claudia runs over to him.. He draws in his breath. INT.. SAN FRANCISCO.I'm not your daughter. Lestat smiles LESTAT One happy family. ROOM. He's going to stay and make you happy. shocked by her beauty. You are mine and Louis' daughter. ..
He rapidly and clumsily sticks in another. He knew I would love her more than the waking world. NEW ORLEANS) Two husky movers bring in furniture through the back courtyard. . Everywhere there are candles and pretty Louis XVI furniture.. He knew me. there was no doubt about that. Perhaps in the end he did it -. and large chests. Life was very different with madame Claudia. NEW SPANISH TOWNHOUSE. Huge four-poster beds in the bedrooms.MALLOY A child vampire! He sees the tape has run out. as you can imagine. (RUE ROYALE. Lestat gives instructions to the movers. For he lavished affection on her. EXT. as big as coffins standing against the wall.. past the fountain and the banana trees. up the back stairs and into --- INT FLAT Striped wallpaper gives way to flowers in the bedrooms.to show me that he could. LOUIS Shall we go on? MALLOY He did it to make you stay with him! LOUIS Perhaps. But there was more to it than that.
but also a fierce killer. I shall go slind if you do not bring me a lamp. Ouch! She has pricked her hand. . now capable of the ruthless pursuit of blood with all a child's demanding.two holes showing. in an inner room. or let me fit this child during the day. A spot of blood appears on her finger Claudia takes her hand. in pain again. The dressmaker abruptly pulls her finger away. DRESSMAKER Monsuier. CLAUDIA Let me kiss it better.. I need more light. LOUIS (VO) A little child she was.WE MOVE INTO -- A DIMLY LIT PARLOUR We see Claudia draped in lace standing on a petit point chair as a DRESSMAKER measure out a garment.. Louis can be seen. Claudia brings the hand to her lips. CU her finger .
LOUIS' BEDROOM. NIGHT. each as perfect and beautifully dressed as she is. dressing them and undressing them by the hour. picking out a hesitant tune. Claudia still on the chair in the half-finished dress. LOUIS (VO) Mute and beautiful. CLAUDIA'S BEDROOM. Claudia's fingers curling his hair. cherie. PARLOUR. curl her child's fingers round my hair as she dreamt of I know not what.. she played with dolls. daily. Claudia.Lestat walks through . . INT.sees the dressmaker lying dead at Claudia's feet. LESTAT Claudia... Claudia and Louis.. will you never learn? Who will we get now to finish your dress? A little practicality. Claudia tinkling with her child's hands on the piano. INT. sleeping in a coffin together. NIGHT. LOUIS (VO) She would sleep in my coffin. INT. Claudia playing with dolls.
LOUIS (VO) Mute and beautiful. walking through a square lit by gaslight. The tinkling of Claudia's piano is heard. my love? CLAUDIA Mama. turns. WOMAN Are you lost. sitting on a bench and crying. WOMAN . child? The woman. EXT. And to watch her kill was chilling. the picture of lost innocence. NIGHT. she killed. POV -- Claudia. all solicitude.. The lady hears a child's sobbing and stops. SQUARE.. goes to Claudia. WOMAN Why are you crying. over - A well-dressed lady.
The woman takes Claudia in her arms. Mozart... inside of which are an array of eighteenth century dolls. don't cry. An old doll-maker looks down on her. before she lernt to play with the. CLAUDIA Mama. then returns to playing.. INT. NIGHT. Claudia nestles her head in her shoulder.. stiff piano-teacher (male) beating time with a ruler as Claudia picks out scales on the piano. Piano music over.. PARLOUR. . her teeth near her neck. INT. to delay the moment till she had taken what she wanted. A stern. improving rapidly. now well played. Claudia staring at a glass case. He raps her on the knuckles.. DOLL-SHOP. NIGHT. We'll find her.Hush now. LOUIS (VO) They found death fast in those days. PIANO-TEACHER The thumb girl! Mind the thumb! Claudia glares at him.
The child's coffin on the floor. two puncture marks in his throat. UNDERTAKER'S. my dear. LOUIS (VO) She grew.. The dollmaker lying dead. Claudia walking along. NIGHT. CLAUDIA'S BEDROOM.. his dolls scattered all around him. NIGHT. INT. STREET. yawning. clutching the doll. Maybe too expensive for a young girl like you. wanders through the flat into. EXT. INT. EXT. yet would climb back into mine. Claudia point at the smallest one. NIGHT.DOLLMAKER They are expensive. NIGHT. - LOUIS' BEDROOM . Claudia and Louis looking through the window at a display of coffins. DOLL-SHOP. yet stayed the same. She wanted a bed of her own. Claudia emerges. The lid lifts.
INT. the way Louis loves and as always Lestat was gone when we rose. comes in. and curls in beside him. LESTAT Claudia. INT. now with remarkable dexterity. She murmurs the date as she writes. She is writing in a diary with a quill pen in an adult hand. CANARIES sing in a cage. We see the puncture-marks in his neck. keeps playing. She looks up and sees Louis in the doorway. Lestat. NIGHT. As she plays. CLAUDIA September 21st. Claudia is writing at a secretaire. watching her. hearing the noise. PARLOUR. Claudia! Didn't I tell you. he topples over and falls to the ground. The sky is still violet. She slides the lid off. Claudia playing the piano. NIGHT. CLAUDIA'S BEDROOM. never in the house! Claudia smiles to herself. The piano-teacher sits mute beside her. above a child's coffin.Where his coffin sits. one hour after sunset. LOUIS .
Sweet daughter death. Louis. he calls me. She opens it. CLAUDIA Infant death. Show me your book. . By watching you. Inside there is a beautiful pen and ink portrait of Louis. Claudia don't talk about such things. CLAUDIA But you never let me see you kill. LOUIS Lestat taught you all you need to know about that. LOUIS He jests. Claudia? CLAUDIA The way I learn everything. CLAUDIA Why does he call you that? LOUIS Hush. She closes the diary. You know what he calls you? Merciful death.How did you learn to write.
It's not finished - She begins to fill in the sketch. whores. LOUIS (VO) It was a very different life. Crowd milling around. NIGHT (1800'S) Street lamps are oil at this period. jugglers. in our . what had once been a small godforsaken French colony was growing into a great port. Indians. dressed in the same clothes walking through a racuous carnival with sideshows. freed slaves. LOUIS (VO) Time can pass fast for mortals when they're happy. giving us an endless train of magnificent strangers.LOUIS Claudia! You did that? CLAUDIA Sit still. sailors. Claudia.... Passing carriages are black. all three of us. And a new century was beginning. for the taking. Streets are flagstone. EXT. LOUIS (VO) All human life was here. With us it was the same. Houses are now tall two-story Spanish style. thieves. They pass a Wild West display. And we took. Louis and Lestat. RUE ROYALE. fire-eaters. three-card tricksters.. children.
She comes to a small tent. he youth struggles.. They come to a raised platform where a troupe of perfectly-formed midgets do a burleque show. She lets him go as Louis appears behind her. lovely? CLAUDIA walks up to him. YOUTH Ever been kissed? Claudia shakes her head. He kisses her. At the entrance stands a midget youth. Claudia stops. as Claudia holds him and drains him. intrigued and troubled. behind it. then bites his tongue.different ways. perfect creatures like herself.. CLAUDIA . She stares. at these small. Louis and Lestat walk on. Claudia allow her to be kissed. not noticing as -- CLAUDIA Circles the troupe. YOUTH You want to come inside.
some tattered old. He hands her the box.. Small and yet not small at all. I thought you could use another. CLAUDIA Another doll? I have ten. Like me. FLAT NIGHT. seductive. It is a fine Parisian Jumeau doll. eery. LOUIS (VO) I watched her grow yet stay the same. wax.. Some newish. FOCUS ON early 19th Century French dolls -. Louis hurriedly draws her away. Louis writing. bisque -.wood. on chairs. her doll-like face possessed of adult eyes. LESTAT Well. Claudia playing the piano. Lestat appears in the doorway. Louis. glass.all around the bedroom. you realise. INT. powerful. He has a big box in his arms. She likes it and stokes its face. on the bed. CLAUDIA . now like a demonic Liszt.She's like me.
Why always on this night? LESTAT What night? What do you mean? CLAUDIA You always give me the doll on the same night of the year. Or there would be twice as many. CLAUDIA Is this my birthday? He examines the other dolls. LESTAT Some of these are so old and tattered. LESTAT But you're the fairest by far. You should throw them away. CLAUDIA I have. LESTAT I didn't realise. CLAUDIA .
CLAUDIA You want me to be a doll forever? LOUIS Claudia . CLAUDIA Can't I change. . like everybody else? She walks past him. Why? Lestat doesn't answer. and strides out into the - PARLOUR. More screams. Then a HORRID SCREAM pierces the silence. an angelic little boy's face now with soft curls around her face.You dress me like a doll. where Louis is reading by the window. She walks to a mirrored cabinet. She sees Lestat emerge from her bedroom in the mirror behind her then turns to him. takes out a scissors and begins cutting her hair. which become roars. back into her bedroom and slams the door.don't - CLAUDIA Why not? She continues cutting. Louis looks from the mass of blonde hair on the floor to Lestat. You make my hair like a doll. Claudia stands up quickly. A beat.
he had a wife! He was mortal the same as she! And so was I! LOUIS Claudia - She turns on Lestat. all her long hair grown back over her shoulders. CLAUDIA Which of you did it? Which of you made me the way I am? LESTAT What you are? You would be something other than you are? CLAUDIA And if I cut my hair again? LESTAT It will grow back again! CLAUDIA But it wasn't always so! I had a mother once! And Louis . CLAUDIA'S BEDROOM. She holds it with both hands.INT. screaming and screaming. . She stands before the dressing-table. Lestat and Louis come through the door.
He storms out. . The cut heals. Louis goes to Claudia and picks her up in his arms. It heals again. didn't you? LESTAT Stop her Louis! CLAUDIA DID YOU DO IT TO ME???? She runs at him with the scissors. CLAUDIA (WHISPERING) How did you do it? LESTAT And why should I tell you? It's in my power. CLAUDIA Why yours alone? Tell me how it was done!!!! LESTAT Be glad I made you what you are! You'd be dead not if I hadn't.CLAUDIA You made us what we are. scoring his face. She stares at him in horror. She scores it again.
.. doesn't it? I shall never. her hair. You'll never grow old.... You taught me everything I know. LOUIS Come. Tell me how it came to be that I am this.LOUIS (TENDERLY) We're immortal. LOUIS You see the old woman? That will never happen to you. You will never die. CLAUDIA Tell me why. You've always known that.. Louis carries her outside. Louis strokes her beautiful face. Please tell me Louis.. onto the porch.. .. thing. But I cannot bear to lose you. forever. There is an old flower-seller going by. CLAUDIA I hate him.. CLAUDIA And it means something else too. I've something to show you. She clutches Louis desperately... ever grow up. You're the only companion I have.you've got to tell me.
through the years had warped the contours of the streets. He stands with Claudia at the window. Pity. CLAUDIA You.. Because your mother was dead. Claudia's eyes are remoreseless. LOUIS I heard you crying. holding Claudia as if he was about to lose her. a picture of domestic tranquility. I felt pity for you. NIGHT. Louis back in the same street. fed on me? . I found my way there. I came into the room. Claudia stares at him.... NEW ORLEANS STREETS. outside the same house.. LOUIS I opened the shutters. crying pitifully as you had been for days. He can't go on. aware that I'd always known where it was and avoided it. Louis walking. There is a family inside.. not wanting to pass the doorway where I'd first heard Claudia cry. You were hugging her for warmth. but something else..EXT.. very alert. LOUIS (VO) Though everything was changed. You were there in a room with your mother. suddenly very cold.
. ROOM SAN FRANCISCO. CLAUDIA You both did it? LOUIS I took your life.LOUIS And he found me with you. And I hate you both. sickened at what I'd done. And have been every night hereafter. Malloy and Louis. Then he cut his wrist and fed you from him. MALLOY But why did you tell her? LOUIS How could I not? She had to know. CLAUDIA And here it is. She runs. He gave you another one. INT. but you were a vampire then. Claudia speaks through indrawn breath. I ran. I tried to stop him.
an old woman praying -. heartbreaking merciless child. .otherwise empty. NIGHT. A cathedral rising out of the mist. shivering. Louis enters. The dim lights of candles.. and beautiful. And I longed for one second's peace. the doors open.MALLOY And did you lose her? Did she go? LOUIS Where would she have gone? She was a child. LOUIS I walked all night. INT. I walked as I walked years before when my mind swam with guilt at the thought of killing. Louis. walking the streets. inside. A sacristan tending the altar. NIGHT.. And I had made her that.. I found myself at the Cathedral.. CATHEDRAL. LOUIS I thought of all the things I had done and couldn't undo. Louis walks towards the doors. EXT. STREETS.
And I felt nothing but loneliness. Louis walking down the nave of the church. I almost prayed. Louis' POV . Suddenly a hand is laid on his shoulder. LOUIS What if the statues gave an image to nothing? What if I was the supernatural in this cathedral? The only immortal under this roof.LOUIS I had no fear. If anything I longed for something to happen. PRIEST You wish to go to confession? I was about to lock up the church. LOUIS I almost genuflected from old habit.the cross. the statues. . LOUIS And then it struck me. Louis sits in a pew. Louis almost jumps. for the stones to tremble as I entered the foyer. He stops by the alter. the tabernacle. Loneliness to the point of madness. He turns and sees the face of a grey-haired priest.
. I don't know how to change nor beg for forgiveness. PRIEST Son. Louis. Louis rises. father. LOUIS Murders. death after death. slowly. it's never too late. The hatch slides back. I have walked . Tell him from your heart. The woman who died two nights ago in Jackson Square. INT. LOUIS Bless me father for I have sinned so often and so long..Louis stares at him. aren't you? Can I help? LOUIS It's too late. CONFESSIONAL. too late - PREIST No. kneeling in the darkness. PRIEST You are troubled. tears in his eyes. God is infinite in his capacity to forgive. And thousands of others before her. The priest gestures to the confessional. Come. I killed her.
till his feet stop kicking. Louis swoops on him. father. LOUIS Why does he suffer me to live? Louis takes him. Gets to the bellrope. .the streets of New Orleans like the Grim reaper. screaming. open-mouthed. His face comes into the light. LOUIS Then there is no mercy. begins to ring the bell. Louis rises. I am a vampire. The priest runs. and the door is flung open. And fed on human life for my own. and have turned the one I love most of all into on too -- The hatch slams down. The priest steps back. confused. lifting him from the floor. the priest stands there. PRIEST Do you know the meaning of sacrilege? Louis rises. LOUIS You talk of sacrilege. Why if God exists does he suffer me to exist? He bares his fangs. Walks out.
wierdly adult and seductive. Lover. He hears a voice behind him. She is wearing a tiny nightgown fo stiched lace and pearls. like a corpse. She kisses his cheek. CLAUDIA Locked together in hatred -- He turns. CLAUDIA But I can't hate you Louis. FLAT. slidently. She sprays perfume over her body as she comes nearer.INT. CLAUDIA Louis. You became my mother . CLAUDIA Is this the aroma of a mortal child? She whispers. sees her sitting in the darkness. Louis enters. CLAUDIA I was mortal to you. NIGHT. You gave me your immortal kiss. She comes towards him.
NEW ORLEANS. Now's the time to leave him.. And so I'm yours. Claudia smiles. I doubted.and my father.. A sailing ship.. NIGHT. INT. Lestat whom she now hated. really? EXT. LOUIS He'll never let us go. NIGHT . but then she had a suprise in store. DOCKLANDS. LOUIS (VO) So we made plans. Louis and Claudia talking to a shipping-clerk. who she thought she could be free of. CLAUDIA But now's the time to end it. that they would have the answers Lestat couldn't provide. CLAUDIA Oh.. She takes his face in her hands. FLAT. Forever. by the docks. Louis. She was convinced there were others of our kind in Europe.
LESTAT What is it now? You irritate me! Your very presence irritates me! CLAUDIA (SWEETLY) Does it? LESTAT Yes. I'm weary of you both. sits at the end of the piano and stares at him as he plays. the three of us. CLAUDIA I suppose we could people the world with vampires.Lestat playing the piano. LESTAT Not you my dear. Louis reading. CLAUDIA Is that supposed to frighten me? LESTAT You're spoilt because you're an only child. wearing a cape and hat. Or I do. CLAUDIA . And I'll tell you something else! I've met someone who will make a better vampire than both of you. Claudia enters. She walks to the piano. You need a brother.
LESTAT What plans? CLAUDIA I came to make peace with you. CLAUDIA Better than that. . Louis perks up. I must do more than that. But you upset my plans. Lestat. I want things to be as they were. I've brought a present for you. LESTAT Stop pestering me then! CLAUDIA Oh. LESTAT Then I hope its a beautiful woman with endowments you will never possess.You're a liar. She takes his hand and leads him into an inner room. puzzled. Louis follows behind. even if you're the father of lies. Claudia stares at him for a moment.
I thought of you when I saw them. Lestat bites into the neck of one of the youths. you've outdone yourself. by a table full with a half-eaten meal. LESTAT Absinthe? You gave then absinthe? CLAUDIA . Two beautiful youths. Lestat sighs. lying asleep on a couch. LESTAT We forgive each other then? Claudia stares at him. NIGHT.CLAUDIA You haven't fed enough. DINING ROOM. sucks greddily and horribly. I can tell by your colour. Where did you find them? CLAUDIA Drunk on brandy wine. He looks at Claudia. Claudia watches him without expression. A thimblefull. He finished one. Claudia. LESTAT Oh. She nods. INT. is about to take the other when he staggers. sitting.
tries to move towars her. put me in my coffin. Forever. But it keeps the blood warm.. . CLAUDIA Don't Louis -- LESTAT Louis. apalled. LESTAT Laudanum! CLAUDIA Yes. Louis. then slips to the floor. Lestat tries to rise... LESTAT Ah Louis. CLAUDIA I'll put you in your coffin. He goes to move. It killed them.. Louis watches.. Laudanum.. and let me drink. Lestat stares wildly at her. she killed them. unfortunately.No.
I gave you the gift --. beautiful hair remains unchanged. His skin is shrivelling against his bones like parchment. Blood pours from everywhere. Lestat has begun to shrivel. She plunges the knife in his chest. Blood explodes from it. fangs bared. LOUIS Claudia! Don't do this thing!!! LESTAT Louis. pulls her away. The fllor is a sea of blood. She hisses at him. LOUIS .She pulls a knife out from under her shawl. It is no more than bones. clutching the knife. He falls back. as if he'd been a bag of blood. walks rapidly to him and slashes his throat. bites deep into his neck as he dies. CLAUDIA Louis! Look what's happening to him!! Louis looks. Louis screams. runs forward. Claudia - He drags her off Lestat. Louis.help me --- Claudia lacerates his face. Claudia leaps on him then. LOUIS What have you done. wrapped in paper and the pupils of the eyes suddenly roll up into the papered skull. But his clothes are virtually being emptied of the body. tries to pull her out of the room. His lush. his eyes are slipping back into his skull-like face.
God forgive us. Help me. She stares at the shrivelled skeleton in its skin wrapping. all business suddenly. CLAUDIA Help me. CLAUDIA Don't mock me. Claudia. the blonde hair. She is fascinated. touches the skeleton. sweet prince. Never drink from the dead. She drags the coverlet from the table.Lestat. She touches it and brings her finger to her lips. LOUIS He's dead. Louis. and wraps Lestat's skeleton in it. Oh. CLAUDIA Goodnight. may flights of devils wing you to your rest. knocking the crockery over the dead youths. Louis. We must get rid of him. She stands up. . Louis walks forward. CLAUDIA The one good lesson he taught me. dead. She takes a bunch of chrysanthemums and places them in his skeleton hands. She sees the vampiric blood flow all over the floor.
Louis? LOUIS Don't mock. Claudia. CLAUDIA In Europe. CLAUDIA The swamp. nothing proceeding from nothing. LOUIS And suppose the one who made him knows nothing and the vampire who made him knows nothing. The carriage pulls up by a swamp. Louis whipping the horses. LOUIS .CLAUDIA Should we burn him? Bury him? What would he have liked.. CARRIAGE. Find the one who made him. Louis. Learn what it means. NIGHT. EXT... Lestat's skeleton in the back. We shall meet our own kind. until there is nothing! And we must live with the knowledge that there is no knowledge.. Mist everywhere. with the bodies of the two dead youths. and it goes back. Claudia beside him. Overhanging creepers.
The alligators speed towards it. CLAUDIA He belongs with those reptiles. She steps back. Every night of our lives. He slides them into the waters of the swamp.And if we find the one who made him? Do we tell him we destroyed his own creation? The vampire Lestat? Louis drags out the bodies of the boys. He slides it into the waters. He was my brother. We see ripples in the water and the churning of alligators. Louis. chocking. Gradually the movement of alligators stops. My maker. Louis stares at the rippling waters. Louis takes Lestat's skeleton in his arms. Soft. Claudia is shocked to her core. Then he hears a sound he hasn't heard in years. So we could be free. as they attack the corpses. He turns. LOUIS (BITTERLY) I can't. LOUIS Then maybe so do we. CLAUDIA I did it for us. look at me. CLAUDIA Louis. He gave me this life. He deserved to die. He stands there. saying nothing. sees Claudia sitting by a . Louis. whatever it is. Go away from me.
You're crying - We see her face. hush now my dear - CLAUDIA Tell me you don't hate me Louis. I would die the way he died.in all these years. . tears of blood running down it. LOUIS And you never cried - CLAUDIA I can't bear it when you do . I did it for you - Louis walks her towards the carriage. CLAUDIA You never talked to me like that . LOUIS Hush. lost.cypress tree. She is heartbroken. She is weeping copiously.I would die rather than lose you Louis. LOUIS Claudia . Claudia. Louis gathers her in his arms. like a little girl for the first time in years.
And we are free now. All the furniture is covered in white sheets. There is a knocking on the door. beginning the great adventure of our lives. Claudia falters. INT. No Lestat. NIGHT. He opens the cage. is playing the piano by the light of one remaining oil-lamp. There's nothing for it but to let them go. and the canaries fly around the room. FLAT. We forgot about the birds. Sturdy mullato workmen lifting cases and trunks out of the apartment. CLAUDIA What was that? LOUIS The workmen must have a trunk . leaving the silent waters of the swamp. cherie - . LOUIS The birds.don't stop. Just the two of us. Claudia. Always. Louis comes from her room with the cage of canaries.LOUIS I love you Claudia. Claudia dressed in a cap and hat. He lifts her into the carriage and drives off.
She screams - CLAUDIA Don't Louis - . perturbed. The knocking gets louder. He opens the door as - CLAUDIA - Reaches the stairs. The knocking gets louder.He goes downstairs. then stops. She goes to the window. She screams. Claudia plays a moment. THE PARLOUR -- Claudia runs for the stairs. Then sees something out there that makes her face go white. CLAUDIA Louis!!! THE STAIRWAY -- Louis walking to the door. THE HALLWAY -- Louis reaches the door. after Louis.
IN THE PARLOUR Louis runs through with Claudia in his arms. he roars. Louis bolts the door. watching apalled as the door shudders with the force of Lestat's body. swooping into his vision comes the nightmare image of -- LESTAT -- In filthy swamp-soaked rags. Nothing there. LOUIS It can't be - CLAUDIA It is! Take the back stairwell - . bloodshot. LESTAT WHERE IS SHE? WHERE IS THAT ACCURSED CHILD? Louis throws his body against the door. then at the door again when. but his flesh shrivelled. his eyes riddled. sweeps Claudia in his arms. The hand withdraws. robust again. He looks back at Claudia. puzzled. Louis runs up the stairs. as Lestat roars. slamming it on Lestat's reaching hand. covered in scars.But Louis has opened the door.
Louis grabs the lamp. Lestat hurls Louis off. Louis gathers up Claudia. with Claudia in his arms. through the carriage way and through the gathering crowds of mortals into the street.for the love of God. reefing himself on the shattered glass. The whole parlour is afire. He looks back at the flames of the house. then comes at her again. carries her down the back stairs. bits of his broken body coming off in the process. Lestat screams in agony. or I'll burn you alive. He falls back. Louis throws the flaming sheets around him. scattering blood everywhere. scatters burning coals over him. then comes on Claudia again. LOUIS Stay back--.Suddenly Lestat crashes through the casement window. wrapping him further in fire. STREET. He tumbles to the floor and gets unsteadily to his feet... . EXT. goes for Claudia. smothering the burning house. Lestat lunges again at Claudia.. NIGHT. hands up over his face in the smoke. who grabs the poker from the fireplace. She hurls another lamp. LESTAT GIVE ME HER LOUIS!! Louis throws Claudia behind him and hurls himself on Lestat. as the drapes catch fire.. choking. Lestat falls to his knees. Then with a terrifying effort. whirls around the room. Sound of a ship's horn. which explodes him in flame. Louis hurls the lamp. who fights like a ravening animal. Louis running.
we deserve your vengeance. You gave me the dark gift. Louis runs. INT. LOUIS (VO) Though the fire seemed to spread through the quartier. ROOM. Holding her tightly. SAN FRANCISCO Louis and Malloy. fearful he would come out again of the very river like some monster to destroy us both..CLAUDIA The ship is sailing wihout us! LOUIS Not yet. EXT. . And all the while I thought. I stood on that deck until dawn. DECK OF SHIP. NEAR DAWN. Lestat. Louis stands at the railings in the morning mist as the ship moves down the river. And I delivered you into the hands of death for the second time. CITY OF NEW ORLEANS With flame lighting up the sky. He sees..
shrouded in mist. EVENING. NIGHT. Passing through the Straits of Gibralter. LOUIS (VO) Though the ship was blessedly free of rats. A priest reads last rites to a mourning family. EXT. Dead rats everywhere. We were free. creaking with the ship's movement. pondering the mystery of Lestat and the greater mystery of each other. a strange plague nonetheless struck its passengers. EXT. The ship. Turnks and cases. That was all that mattered. A body is slipped into the sea. We kept to ourselves. INT. SHIP.MALLOY Did he die in the fire? LOUIS He was dead to us. SHIPS HOLD. SHIP. LOUIS (VO) Claudia and I alone seemed imune. .
Claudia. EXT. sitting with an easel and sketch-pad. Europe itself was black. And I longed for the brilliant white of those marbles in the hot sun of Homer. straining to remember the colour that a young man's senses had taken for granted. that my memory had let slip away for eternity. all in shades of grey and black. Their history isn't yours. It was balck off the coast of Italy. The sketch changes to a sketch of -- . I wanted those waters to be blue. black off the coast of Greece.. DECK. This sea is not your sea. LOUIS (VO) We saw the Acropolis by moonlight. The sketch changes to a sketch of - THE ACROPOLIS -- In the moonlight. shades of grey and silver. CLAUDIA Louis. nightime waters and how I suffered then.. your quest is for darkness only. Louis observes. They were black. sketching the bay of Naples. They myths of men are not your myths. NIGHT.LOUIS (VO) We reached the Mediterranean. A beautifully realised drawing.
We searched village after village. crosses.how do you say again? Bull shit. Malloy and Louis. . For what could the damned really have to say to the damned? INT. for what she liked to term "our kind". But one of our kind? Not a whisper. all that . LOUIS The quest for these Old World vampires filled me with bitterness.TRANSYLVANIA -- And the traditional shapes of the vampire landscape. stakes in the hear... A GRAVEYARD. ruin after ruin and I was glad when always we found nothing. a montage of sketches now . LOUIS (VO) We docked at Varna and searched the rural countryside of the Carpathians.A TRANSLYVANIAN VILLAGE. MALLOY You found nothing? LOUIS Peasant rumours. RUINED CASTLE AFTER CASTLE. LOOKING INTO THE SKIES. superstitions about garlic. ROOM.. SAN FRANCISCO..
with blonde hair and blue eyes. STREET .. She peers deep into the shop and sees - MADELEINE. I was a Creole.. a universe whole and entire unto herself. EXT. . LOUIS (VO) I think the very name of Paris brought a rush of pleasure to me that was extraordinary.SHOP WINDOW Claudia. The vulgar fictions of a demented Irishman. in furtrimmed muff and bonnet. after all and Paris was the mother of New Orleans. EXT.. 18TH CENTURE PALACES ALONG THE SEINE . horses.. a young woman bent over a workbench painting a doll's face.NIGHT The high walls of the Louvre. dark figures walking in pairs through the shadowy tulieries. BOULEVARD FACADE OF GRAND HOTEL AND PARIS OPERA.MALLOY No vampires in Transylvania? No Count Dracula? LOUIS Fictions. So we repaired to Paris. EXT. my friend. OPERA coming from the opera house. Crowds and gaslight everywhere.. Carriages.. Each doll in there seems to resemble her. peers through the glass at a display of dolls.
Louis is overcome with sadness. being attended by cautouriers. INT. LOUIS We were alive again. NOTRE DAME. Louis and Claudia walk among a series of mythological nudes by Poussin... Claudia and Louis standing in the deep shadows. We were in love and so euphoric was I that I yielded to her every desire. GALLERY. NIGHT. Claudia. SUMPRUOUS HOTEL SUITE . All the clothes are tiny. INT.oblivious to being watched. to fit her frame. INT. INT. OPERA STAIRCASE Louis and Claudia hurrying hand in hand with a crowd of mortals towards the sound of an ORCHESTRA TURNING beyond. but have an adult cut and shape. INT. SALON. looking at the branching arches. Claudia is fascinated. surrounded by discarded dresses and outfits.
Claudia laughs. CLOSE ON A HUGE BLACK EBONY CHEST Against a wall. Louis walks over.. CLAUDIA Help me. CLAUDIA A beautiful child! Is that what you still think I am? .Full of late 19th century furniture. CLAUDIA By a large gilt mirror. Regency. mon chere. gilt. CLAUDIA How do I look? LOUIS Still my beautiful child. helps her with the earrings. in her new clothes. solemn among all the light and glitter. fixing earrings to her ears.. She is covered with jewelry. lots of Empire style. velvet and brocade.
CLAUDIA You don't remember? Or you never knew.. He blushes. He turns away.LOUIS Yes. What was it like making love? Louis is stunned. looking at herself in ht emirror. CLAUDIA Why do you turn away? Why don't you look. She twirls. LOUIS . CLAUDIA Well tell me. stares at herself. then stops. CLAUDIA You want me to be your daughter forever.. don't you? LOUIS Yes. papa.
. EVENING. It was the pale shadow of killing. CLAUDIA Or her. or her ..or any of them? LOUIS Claudia.. BOULEVARD. will I? My own kind. CLAUDIA But how will I ever know. Louis and Claudia walk along a boulevard like father and daughter. Louis? She stares at him through the mirror. Claudia points at the children that pass..It was something hurries. CLAUDIA Have I anything in common with her..and seldom savoured. something acute that was quickly lost.. . you torture yourself. EXT. All around them are bourgeois Parisian families on their evening stroll. Louis? She points to a beautiful French child walking by with her mother. CLAUDIA I'll never find them.
Claudia. Louis and Claudia arrive outside. LOUIS You are neither. CLAUDIA Are they my kind Louis? Dolls never change either. . Now stop this -- Madeleine sees Claudia from inside.CLAUDIA They are ducklings. inside. DOLL-SHOP. LOUIS You are more beautiful than any of them. The resemblance is uncanny. that will grow into swans. painting a doll's face. Whereas I must be the duckling forever. with the dolls in the background. NIGHT. CLAUDIA All her dolls resemble me. POV -- Claudia's face. She waves. We see Madeleine. EXT.
Should I take her.LOUIS You know her? CLAUDIA Yes. A step echoes his. . I felt her pain as I walked until I become aware that I was being followed. EXT. CU LOUIS' FEET - Walking. NIGHT. But the human delights of that city only served to remind her of the ageless child she had become. Claudia. Turns. LATIN QUARTER. Louis walks briskly. in the sensual whirl of whtt Paris had to offer. Then walks again.. He takes her arm. Louis stops. LOUIS (VO) For a time we had been almost human. sees nothing. The echoing steps begin again. Louis? Among her dolls? make a doll of her in turn? LOUIS Come. But Claudia shakes him off.. head bowed. and moves into the shop.
clothes and hair-style as Louis. LOUIS You mean me harm? SANTIAGO (A BEAT LATER) You mean me harm? .. materialises under the gaslight. Then he stops. Santiago mimics. And Louis gradually realises that this vampire has assumed the same attitude. flitting. posture.Louis again. Louis folds his arms. Santiago.. Santiago mimics. He walks again. LOUIS AND STATIAGO (SIMULTANEOUSLY) Clever. He stares at a gaslamp opposite. Louis gives an involuntary shake of the head. a tall vampire. hears the same effect. LOUIS (VO) So it was when I had given up the search for vampires that a vampire found me. Louis takes a step forwards. Sees a shadow. LOUIS Claudia! Nothing. Santiago mimics.
to reappear behind him. only to come face to face with Santiago right in front of him. amazed and then rushes at Louis.Louis calculates. strikes out at Santiago and when Santiago vanishes. breaking the mirror trick and suddenly slams Louis back against the wall. awestruck. throwing him down. He turns his back on Santiago. Santiago draws close. refusing to look at him. Again Louis turns this back to find Santiago facing him. Louis is furious. Buffoon! Santiago echoes the first word. then sees one has vanished. He looks both ways. He regains his balance. LOUIS I've searched the world for an immortal and this is what I find? Slowly he looks up. on in front. on behind. Louis has broken his composure. LOUIS Trickster. He stares. Santiago staggers. Louis slams back his elbow into his midriff. Louis rolls back to his feet. but not the second. at this new one: . glowers. then to his amazement sees two vampires. Louis turns.
He reaches into his waistcoat. as we see: THEATRE DES VAMPIRES By Special Invitation Friday. ARMAND Bring the petit beauty with you. Remember my name. Armand.ARMAND He looks like an angel. They pass people . Louis reads it alound. No one will harm you. Louis listens to the silence. ARMAND You are all right. EXT BOULEVARD DES CAPUCHINES . I won't allow it. Armand bows and vanishes.THEATRE DES VAMPIRES . 9 p. takes an engraved invitation out of his pocket and thrusts it at Louis.m.NIGHT Louis formally dressed with Claudia in rich attire on his arm.
buying tickets for the theatre and go inside.
LOUIS Remember what I've told you. They'll have different powers. They'll read your thoughts if you allow it.
They draw close to:
HUGE POSTERS, reading --
THEATRE DES VAMPIRES PRESENTS THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH By Edgar Allen Poe
The posters are illustrated with cliched images of vampires overcoming damsels in distress.
CLAUDIA But this can't be real. This is nonsense.
LOUIS Nonsense all right. But something tell me it's going to be the strangest nonsense we've ever seen.
Warily, they show their invitations to the mortal ticket taker at the door. He glances away indifferently.
INT THEATRE BOX. NIGHT.
Claudia and Louis look at the crowd as the lights go down.
CLAUDIA Mortals, mortals everywhere. And lots of drops to drink.
LOUIS They are here. I know they are. Listen for something that doesn't make a sound.
Stage: curtain rises.
An elaborate painted set of an Italianate castle. Death standing before it, the traditional image of the Grim Reaper, complete with magnificent scythe.
LOUIS (WHISPER) It's a vampire. It's the one I saw in Rue St Jacques.
A version of the Poe story unfolds before them. All of the participants are vampires. All beautiful gleaming white, aged 20 or 30.
LOUIS They use no paint. And the audience think it is paint.
How devilishly clever.
A spotlight uncovers a mortal woman suddenly forced out upon the stage.
CLAUDIA She's no vampire.
LOUIS No. She's frightened. She doesn't know where she is.
The audience laughts uneasily, then stops as the Mortal Woman comes into the footlights. She is too beautiful, too confused. Santiago, as Death, advances on her. She backs away, terrified, then sees the other vampires, in a phalanx, advancing from behind, in a half-circle.
MORTAL WOMAN I don't want to die!
She looks around in panic. Santiago swoons, arms over his breast as if he is hopelessly in love.
SANTIAGO We are death!
The Mortal Woman steps to the footlights.
MORTAL WOMAN Someone help me. Please... What have I done?
Rapt faces.. CLAUDIA And no one knows but us. Death is the one thing you share with all those here.Louis whispers to Claudia.. SANTIAGO .. LOUIS This is no performance.. ON THE STAGE -- SANTIAGO We all die. Santiago gestures to the audience. AUDIENCE. ON STAGE MORTAL WOMAN But I'm young.
WOMAN . but gently stops her wrists. She tries to catch it. exposing her young breasts..Death is no respecter of age. Let me go! Please.. The blouse falls. Need I tell you what fate has in store for you? MORTAL WOMAN I would take my chance. and very beautiful. any place. it will turn grey and wrinkle with age. It opens completely and starts to slip. LOUIS AND CLAUDIA LOUIS This is monstrous! CLAUDIA Yes. SANTIAGO And if you take that chance and live. what is your fate? The humpbacked toothless visage of old age? Santiago approaches her and tears the drawstring out of her peasant blouse. He can come any time. ON STAGE SANTIAGO Just as this flesh is pink now.
SANTIAGO Then why should you care if you die now? She shakes her head. ONSTAGE . YOUNG GIRL Oh. SANTIAGO And suppose death had a heart to love and to release you? To whom would he turn his passion? Would you pick a person from the crowd there? A person to suffer as you suffer? AUDIENCE A young girl cries out in jest. her suffereing. SANTIAGO draws near her cheek. yes. I don't care. he catches her wrists behind her back.Let me live. take me Monsier Vampire! I adore you! Audience roars with laughter. please. AUDIENCE is awestruck by her beauty. confused.
a mother. She is being entranced. MORTAL WOMAN Shakes her head. to become our bride? MORTAL WOMAN looks up on hte verge of hysteria or fainting. who has just stepped out of the wings. Armand has entranced her. He passes Santiago. a daughter you would send in your place? CLOSE ON CLAUDIA Even she is repelled by the cruelty. But then her eyes mist over. She is helpless. The AUDIENCE laughs again. SANTIAGO Well. The Mortal Woman shakes her head in panic. but yields the stage. SANTIAGO We alone can give death meaning. have you a sister. Santiago stiffens. Do you know what it means to be loved by death. She shakes her head.SANTIAGO You wait your turn. FROM HER POV we realise she is looking past Santiago at the divinely beautiful Armand. .
ARMAND Your beauty is a gift to us. ON STAGE Armand gestures to the others who slowly. then he passes her to the other vampires one by one. MORTAL WOMAN No pain? ARMAND takes her by the nakes shoulders. But she is spellbound. Armand embraces her. drinks. MORTAL WOMAN No pain. .ARMAND No pain. ARMAND Who deserves such a gift? He pulls the drawstring from her skirt and it falls revealing her nakedness.. gracefully close in. her naked body stark against her black clothes..
the daring of it as they leave. the Audience loudly applauds what they presume are theatrical tricks. Louis seems anxious to leave. milling towards the exits. The vampires seem to vanish one by one. looking . Then the candle flares again. As the curtain draws across. ANOTHER ANGLE The audience. a candle sputters and dies in a box. Claudia whispers in his ear.CLOSE ON LOUIS who battles desire and hunger with anger. Patience. Gradually Louis and Claudia are left alone in the empty theatre. the symbolism of it. LOUIS I've seen enough of this! I loathe it! CLAUDIA Be still! ON STAGE The naked Mortal Woman lies dead on the floor. He looks around the empty theatre. and we see Armand in the box. more eery now than when the play was on. CLAUDIA Patience. Louis. They talk in vacuous terms about the beauty of the show. The red curtain shifts slightly in a hidden breeze.
Brueghel. . Shrieks of preternatural laughter. Armand leading. vampire man and women appear out of the shadows like wraiths. Louis and Claudia following. As they walk through. saying nothing.. Candles burn in sconces. LOUIS We've been searching for you for a very long time. Armand gestures to the vampires to back off. Armand walks through. drifting around them. It opens into a -- HUGE UNDERGROUND BALLROOM Walls are painted with famous copies of Durer. casting alternate shawdows and pools of light. startling them. His voice echoes eerily. Goya and Bosch depictions of death. Fine wooden coffins line the walls. touching Claudia as if she were a doll. INT. gesturing Louis and Claudia to follow him.. Armand gestures for them to follow him.down on them. stroking them. FOOT OF STAIRWAY. He stares with a dreamy expression. ESTELLE Such a darling. All obey but ESTELLE.
LOUIS Monstrous. but strangely close. her breasts enormous. hypnotic gaze. just grace and speed. Louis glances at Armand. The vampires faces drift towards him and away. but too fast for you to see them. ARMAND They did. always disclosing the face of Armand. and very beautiful. they didn't move. Louis sees the puncture marks on the boy's neck. who smiles. staring at Louis with a constantly calm. He places his arms on Louis' shoulders. her fangs bared. and she is flung against the wall. his candleabra illuminating the ghastly murals. Armand's hand beckons and the boy draws up to Louis in the candlelight. No magic. Louis stares around. Then a young mortal boy comes from the shadows with a candleabra. . The boy is watching Louis. ARMAND Yes.She menaces Claudia. Armand throw her a look. which he hands to Armand. who seems some distance away. his face gleaming like an angel above the candleflame. leading them along the walls. Armand and the boy come towards them. LOUIS Your lips.
settling him so he sleeps. Armand beckons at her and Louis and open a door in the wall which reveals a stone staircase.. sensual... ARMAND But how did you come into existence? He glances at Louis. INT. a bed in one corner. Armand places the boy on the bed. The other vampires appear all around Louis..ARMAND He wants you.believe. who suddenly senses it and draws away. Medieval chairs. willing. Can't resist. The boy's body presses against him. ashamed. being banished from heaven. LOUIS We had feared we were the only ones.. Drinks his blood.. . an old coffin. A medieval painting of Satan. then at Claudia. isn't it? To come so far and find so little. Jaded ingenues. from a distance. MEDIEVAL ROOM. above the fire. Louis is utterly confused. who averts her eyes. table. Claudia watches warily. amusing themselves with make. a blazing fire. ARMAND Disappointing.
I would be the one. come to guide us into the new era as all we love slowly rots and fades away.. LOUIS So you have the answers. LOUIS Are you the leader of tis group? ARMAND If there were a leader.. Two vampires from the new world.ARMAND You don't want to answer... LOUIS Who made us what we are? . Claudia stares at him constantly.. ARMAND Ah! You have questions? LOUIS What are we? ARMAND Nothing if not vampires. guarded..
who made the one who made him.ARMAND Surely you know the one who made you. A smile of infinite compassion. ARMAND That is a picture. I saw you in the theatre. since you comprehend what you call goodness. He smiles at Louis.. Louis looks at the picture. LOUIS But the one who made him. Armand watches him. the source of all this evil. ARMAND I understand. your suffering. LOUIS You mean we are not children of Satan? ARMAND No.. You die when you kill. your sympathy for that girl. But does that make you evil? Or. does it not make you good? LOUIS . you feel you deserve to die and you stint on nothing.. nothing more.. I saw you with the boy.
I know nothing of God or the Devil.. hypnotic. ARMAND I have not spoken to him.. I have never seen a vision nor learnt a secret that would damn or save my soul. He stares at them.Then there is nothing. after four hundred years I am the oldest living vampire in the world. LOUIS And no vampire here has discourse with God or the Devil? ARMAND None that I've ever known.. He passes his finger through the candle flame.... His eyes hold them both in a trance. ARMAND Perhaps. young. .. LOUIS Then God does not exist. his face angelic.. ARMAND And perhaps this is the only real evil left. And as far as I know.
.. Armand looks from her to Louis. I'm hungry and the city waits. The one who left the old world for the new. ARMAND Knew? You mean he is. It's time we were on our way. He seems to be reading their souls... interrupting. He stares from Claudia to Louis. ARMAND The one who made you should have told you this.. CLAUDIA Come. Nothing. Claudia appears suddenly to Louis' shoulder. leading to nothing. So much you make me feel. ARMAND You fell too much. ARMAND So soon to go? . She stares hard at Armand. beloved..LOUIS My God. So it's as I always feared. He just didn't care... LOUIS He knew nothing.
SANTIAGO How did you wrong him? Louis is stunned. under a candle. LOUIS You read my thoughts? SANTIAGO You said a name - LOUIS . LOUIS (VO) The place was dark as we left.He seems genuinely regretful. Suddenly a light comes on. Louis and Claudia feel their way through darkened corridors. INT. I have hated him for th wrong reasons. But Claudia pulls Louis out. again came the thought: I have wronged Lestat. DARKENED CORRIDORS AND THEATRE. Santiago stands on the stage. NIGHT. And as we blundered through it. They see they are in the empty theatre. a darkness that confounded even Claudia. trying to find their way out.
who are so secretive about the vampire who made you. as we were! Come Louis. SANTIAGO I seemed to recongise it. Claudia laughs. To kill your own kind! CLAUDIA Aaaah! I was so afraid it was to be born like Venus out of the foam. He looks at Claudia. CLAUDIA Boredom! SANTIAGO It is the crime that means death to any vampire. SANTIAGO You should know. Other vampires appear behind him.A name I don't want to say again.. SANTIAGO There is but one crime among us vampires here. let's go! ..
enter. INT. Claudia paces. NIGHT. They have their rules. CLAUDIA I lothe them! I can't stand the sight of them! Stupid bourgeois Parisians. HOTEL ROOMS. Claudia and Louis enter the Lobby. . their idiotic rules! They come to their room. Danger hold you to me. LOUIS Do you think I would let them harm you? CLAUDIA No. what became of him.EXT. all dressed in black like some private club! I've searched for them the world over and I despise them! LOUIS What danger? CLAUDIA I can feel it from them! They want to know who made us. Louis closes the door behind him. HOTEL SAINT GABRIEL. NIGHT. you would not. Louis.
. CLAUDIA Do you know what his soul said to me without saying a word? When he put me in that trance.LOUIS Love holds you to me. And we are in danger. adult smile. LOUIS That's not so.. LOUIS Never. CLAUDIA Love? She smiles at him. sad. he finds them as dull and lifeless as we do. CLAUDIA He wants you as you want him.. CLAUDIA You would leave me for Armand if he beckoned you. He bides his time that place. He wants you for a companion. He's been waiting for you. not you. A strange.
who made me? There are tears in her eyes. DOLL-SHIP. Let him go. . staring at the dolls. NIGHT.LOUIS So you felt it too! CLAUDIA Let him go. She touches his face. Louis lifts her up in his arms. She sees Claudia and smiles and waves. CLAUDIA Is that what I should do Louis? Let you go? My father? My lover? My Louis. CLAUDIA You really believe that? EXT. LOUIS He can protect us. he said. THEATRE. NIGHT. Claudia. painting a doll. Claudia. INT. We see Madeleine inside.
INT. ARMAND'S ROOM. to show Santiago as death. ARMAND Your lover. LOUIS Claudia is dear to me.. You are innocent. as the curtains draw back. ARMAND I was waiting for you. He follows Armand into the room. My. sitting alone in the box... NIGHT. as before. ARMAND If you say so.Louis. my child. . Armand opens the door to Louis' knock. my beloved.. LOUIS Listen to me. daughter. LOUIS No. Louis takes advantage of the darkness to slip away.
LOUIS I'm not innocent. LOUIS Then blame the one who made her. so helpless. But I'm afraid. ARMAND She is. It's forbidden to make so young. that cannot survive on its own.. LOUIS We want no quarrel with him. She feels she's in danger from the others. LOUIS But why? ARMAND I could give you reasons. ARMAND Did you kill this vampire who made you both? Is that why you won't say his name? Santiago thinks you did.. ARMAND It's already begun. Her silence. If you want to save her. LOUIS . send her away. Her youth.
you stay alive and study it. ARMAND But you asked the wrong questions. Do you know how few vampires have the stamina for immortality? How quickly they perish of their own will. ARMAND How he must have loved you. You see too clearly. ARMAND So soon? Without any of those answers you so longed for? LOUIS You said there were none. Armand smiles.Then I leave too. You see too much. If the world were reduced to one empty cell. LOUIS That's what the one who made me said. on fragile candle. LOUIS We can do that? ARMAND You would never give up life. .
They can't reflect anything. LOUIS He? Don't you see? I'm not the spirit of any age! I'm at odds with everything and always have been! I'm not even sure what I am! Armand smiles. The heart of it. LOUIS And the vampires of the Theatre? ARMAND Like moths around the candle of the age. You fall from grace has been the fall of a century. Decadent. I need you more than he ever did. Louis laughs bitterly. But you do. You reflect its broken heart. I need you to make contact with this age. Therein lies the irony that ultimately kills us. I need a link with this century. The world changes.Armand suddenly grips Louis close to him. that is the very spirit of your age. . We do not. ARMAND But Louis. Louis is stunned. ARMAND Louis. useless.
Knew him well enough not to mourn his passing. You must get her safely out of Paris. My God. leads him towards the back wall.. Armand stands. Lestat must have wept when he made you -- LOUIS Lestat! You knew Lestat! ARMAND Yes I knew him. You are beautiful. ARMAND A vampire with a human soul..Louis is speechless. my friend. He opens a hidden door in the wall.. ARMAND Are these not the answers you came for? LOUIS (SOFTLY) Yes. ARMAND . An immortal with a mortal's passion. ARMAND But you must go now. He takes Louis by the arm..
NIGHT. the doll-maker.. in the street outside. INT. When you knock you will find me waiting. . LOUIS (VO) I feld a kind of peace at last. I had found the teacher which Lestat could never. MADELEINE Drink. She says softly. She draws back the lace fringes round her throat. as the door closes behind him. sitting like a Madonna with Claudia on her lap. HOTEL SUITE. THEATRE DES VAMPIRES.No-one else knows of this door. a doll sitting by the mirror.. And I knew Claudia must leave me. The contrast between mortal woman and immortal child is plain. so he can see the two marks there. I knew knowledge would never be withheld by Armand. resplendent in green taffeta. CLAUDIA Madeleine. dreamily.. It would pass through him as through a pane of glass. There is unfamiliar scent in the air. NIGHT. Louis. Louis looks in the mirror and sees -- MADELEINE. EXT. Claudia's arms are wound round her neck. Louis enters. I knew now. Louis is shy.. Madeleine rises and comes towards Louis. have been...
Louis turns away. Claudia speaks. Claudia screams. I haven't the strength. LOUIS How do we seem to you? Do you think us beautiful. magical. our fierce eyes? Drink. I have. Louis turns to Madeleine. You saw to that when you made me. Louis! You will make me mine! Louis grips Madeleine and shakes her. our white skin. Because I cannot do it. icy. LOUIS You haven't the vaguest conception under God of what you ask! MADELEINE Au contraire. from the bed. CLAUDIA Do it Louis. you ask me! Have you any idea of the thing you will become? . monsieur. CLAUDIA You have found your new companion. Louis pushes her away.
.. my dark angel. Claudia! I cannot do it! CLAUDIA Yet you could do it to me! Snatching me from my mother's hands like two monsters in a fairy-tale! Couldn't you have waited? Six more years and I would have had that shape! And now you weep! You haven't tears enough for what you've done to me. when you are gone? . LOUIS Yes. that's the torment of it. CLAUDIA Oh God! I love you still. But you know I must leave you Louis.. sobbing like a child.. CLAUDIA And who will care for me my love. She points to Madeleine CLAUDIA You give her to me! Do this before you leave me! She begins to weep.CLAUDIA Your evil is that you cannot be evil! And I will suffer for it no longer! LOUIS Don't make me.
. opens it. Her finger clutches a locket around her neck. LOUIS And you know what you ask for? She wraps her arms around Claudia.... Louis touches it. THE LOCKET -- . MADELEINE Yes.Louis looks at Madeleine LOUIS You promise to care for her then? MADELEINE Yes. Madeleine? A doll? MADELEINE A child who can't die. LOUIS What do you think she is.
but you must stay alive.. Louis takes her chin in his hand. weakened terribly. Claudia comes through the curtains. a long moan of pain coming from her. Claudia's age. Do you hear me? MADELEINE Yes! Louis pulls her to him and starts to drink her blood. Don't tke your eyes off it. LOUIS Look at the gaslight. wistful. LOUIS (SOFTLY) And the child who did die? MADELEINE My daughter. . through which we see -- SILHOUETTES of Madeleine and Claudia. gently. HOTEL BALCONY. EXT. A breeze blows on the gauze curtains behind him. Madeleine her arms outstretched. now a vampire. You will be drained to the point of death.A picture of a young girl. Louis on the balcony. beautiful. alarmed. LATER..
What has died in that room tonight is the last vestige in me of what was human. CLAUDIA What do you mean? LOUIS What died tonight inside that room was not that woman. CLAUDIA But if she dies. my love. He turns to look at Claudia.. perhaps yeaars. LOUIS Bear me no ill will. We are now even. .. It happened to you too. LOUIS She is dying. but your child's mind can't remember. It will take her many nights to die. LOUIS It's only mortal death.CLAUDIA (WHISPER) Louis! Louis speaks without turning.
CLAUDIA Yes father. he sees -- MANY VAMPIRE SHADOWS Silhouetted.She takes his hand. INT. We are een. NIGHT. coming closer. . at the wafting curtains. little one. Claudia's scream pierces the night air. The vampires close on them as Louis struggles. CLAUDIA Looks up and sreams. He looks up. CORRIDOR OF THEATRE DES VAMPIRES. The vampires of the Theatre surge through. At last. He bends down and kisses her. THE CURTAINS Are ripped aside. ESTELLE Time for justice.
ancient. LOUIS Armand! Get me Armand! he wouldn't countenance this - SANTIAGO You can make no demands here! Buffoon! Bastard - Santiago strikes Louis to the ground. LESTAT Louis.. Claudia and Madeleine are forced down the dark corridor. he sees the vampires part around a figure coming through. As he struggles to his feet. reaching for Santiago's shoulder to steady himself. from the fire as well as the earlier stabbing. Louis struggling like a demon. SANTIAGO Is he the one? . Lestat is confused. teetering.. as they are dragged through. Into - THE BALLROOM Vampire chaos. Louis. He gasps at the sight of -- LESTAT Dressed beautifully. but horribly scarred now.In a press of vampires.
.it was the girl - .. the child.. LOUIS Are you mad???? ESTELLE The sentence is death! To all of them!!! LESTAT Only the girl . Lestat reaches out to Louis. LESTAT No.... The child was the one.. LESTAT No. You come back to me Louis. SANTIAGO All the murderers!!! LOUIS You are alive..Lestat shakes his head. Lestat! It can't be murder! Tell them how you treated us.
SANTIAGO Walled in a dungeon. LESTAT You promised me . Claudia screams..and I'll come back with you - Santiago grabs Louis by the neck. For you eternity in a box - We see now what caused the scraping.there's something I must tell you .. The vampires grap Louis.I could take him back to New Orleans . LOUIS You let her go..that night I met you - He stares around him.Louis . They force him towards the coffin.about that night .. scraping - Lestat grips Santiago. A huge metal coffin being dragged through the vampires. . Horrible echoing. The scraping gets louder.The sound of something being dragged through the crowd. Perhaps it will take centuries. Your only company will be your screams. Lestat struggles with them.you let her free . confused. SANTIAGO Death for the others. Lestat .
She is dragged away. LOUIS They've fooled you. huge locks closed over it. INT. struggling in the coffin.LESTAT He's coming home with me . COFFIN. Vampire hands drag the coffin across the stone floor. Then the lid is forced down.you promised - SANTIAGO (LAUGHING) We promised nothing! Louis struggles fiercely as he is forced into the coffin. Claudia weeps. . Claudia. Beating his forehead against the metal. COFFIN. COFFIN. in the smallest imaginable space. crying. Lestat! You must reach Armand! Armand has the power! Louis. EXT. INT. Louis. throwing herself on the coffin.
thrown aside. INT COFFIN. striking to his very soul. INT. mortar trowelled on. being thrown this way and that. EXT. COFFIN. Louis upside down. Bricks being placed over. upside down. upside down. unearthly scream pierces the coffin. BLACKNESS. Sounds of bricks and mortar. He sees - ARMAND .Louis. Louis' head crases off the floor. LOUIS Claudia!!!!! He loses consciousness. Sound of bricks being broken. Louis opens his eyes. COFFIN. forehead pouring with blood. Is thrust into a niche in the wall. Louis sleeps. The coffin is liften. Then terrifying. The lid opens. Then of locks breaking.
Above him, reaching down to take his hand.
ARMAND Hurry. Don't make a sound.
Louis gets out, into a vast long catacomb. Louis runs to the end of it, steps through a broken brick wall.
LOUIS Where is she? Where's Claudia?
ARMAND Follow me - that way - through my cell -
He points to his cell at the end of the passage, the foot of the steps. Sound of rain beyond the door.
LOUIS Not without Claudia. Where is she?
ARMAND I can't save her.
LOUIS You can't believe I'd leave without her. Armand! You must save her! You have no choice.
ARMAND Louis, I can't save her. I will only risk losing you -
Louis runs up the stone stairs. It leads to the ballroom. He enters.
Estelle stands far off, looking at him coolly. She lifts the stage skull mask and laughs softly behind it. A male vampire slumps in a chair staring softly at Louis.
Louis sees Lestat sitting in a far corner. he rushes up to Lestat, who looks up at him, confused. He's holding something crumpled, made of cloth.
LESTAT You'll come home with me Louis? Fro a little while... until I am myself again.
Louis turns round and round in rage. Passive still faces. A door bangs open and shut.
Louis looks again at Lestat. He snatches the cloth from Lestat's hand. We see it is a small torn bloodstained dress. Claudia's dress.
The door bangs again. Estelle laughs. Rain gusts into the ballroom.
Louis goes to the door, holding the dress. Armand approaches, trying to pull him away, but Louis shrugs him off. He draws nearer and nearer and stairs at --
INT. BRICK AIRWELL
On the stones lie Claudia and Madeleine, burn to ashes, in each other's arms, like the corpses of his wife and daughter in the New Orleans graveyard, embracing each other.
Only Claudia's blond hair and Madeleine's red hair remain unburnt.
Louis looks up at the walls of this airwell, many stories to the sky. He cries out in agony.
Santiago appears behind him, staring. Louis roars in horror and attacks Santiago, scattering the ashes into the rainy wind. Claudia's golden locks fly up into the wind, they whirl around the warring figure.
Armand appears, drags Louis free, pulls him screaming from the airwell, into the ballroom, towards the exit.
Claudia's hair is sucked up by the wind through the airwell, towards the night sky.
EXT. NOTRE DAME DOOR. NIGHT.
Louis is slumped against the stone wall. Armand stands beside him like a guardian angel.
They feared you. You wanted it to happen. And i warn you you saved me tonight. THEATRE DES VAMPIRES.do not go near your cell in the Theatre Des Vampires again. LOUIS You held sway over them. EXT. As I let her rip Lestat's heart to pieces! Well I am no longer that passive fool that has spun evil from evil till the web traps the one who made it. Louis climbs to his feet.I couldn't prevent it. I do not have to read your soul to know that you lie. ARMAND Louis. . There are some things that are impossible. LOUIS You let them do it. DAWN. even for me. as I let Lestat turn a child into a demon. ARMAND Louis. LOUIS I understand you only too well. LOUIS I don't believe you. Your melancholy spirit of this century! I know what I must do. You let them do it. so I return the favour . they cannot be brought back. I swear I did not.
m. THEATRE Louis hurls kerosene all over the stage. He is in an alleyway. leaving the trail of kerosene. He grabs the scythe from the playlet. He walks out. INT. the streets around the theatre are quiet. Dribbling a trail of kerosene behind him. Louis silently closes the door to the passage and blocks it with an immense bar. INT. CLOSE ON LOUIS Lookin at the paling sky. he finds the door unlocked. STAIRS. Louis walking rapidly down. The old coffin is gone. C/U CLOCK Chiming five a. the sets. He enters. INT. The hearth is cold. He goes in the other door. outside of Armand's cell. He creeps quietly into the -- .Wet and deserted. CELL. the seats below. the curtain. Empty. He has a huge keg with him.
fighting the morning weakness. ESTELLE rises from her burning coffin. Screams from everywhere. like the grim reaper. We hear EXPLOSIONS of fire from above. He splashes over the coffins that gleam in the dimness. They are burning. choking in the smoke. LOUIS Shudders all over. It's morning. He readies the scythe. Others rise. screams and tries to run through the fire but Louis slashes her down with the scythe and she goes down screaming. The trail of kerosene roars into fire through the ballroom over the coffins and up the stairs. her dress in flames.BALLROOM Leaking kerosene from the cask. Louis backs up the stairs to the -- DUNGEON He can see there a thin pale light under Armand's bolted door. The sunlight. Then he strikes a match and heaves it into the kerosene. Stop him. Everything bursts into flame. Suddenly -- . ESTELLE Stop him.
The body drops.SANTIAGO Comes at him from behind. Louis swings the scythe. beneath the door. Santiago's head streaming blood flies through the air. about to fall. He throws it open. blinding him. There is a thin strip of daylight. Another vampire rushes burning towards Louis. Louis turns. SCREAMS come from everywhere. The hearse vanishes through the smoke. DAWN. and bars the door the connects it to the ballroom behind him. leaving the spectacle of the burning theatre. into the thin daylight. and staggers into the daylight. The door of the hearse opens. He reaches a hand out to Louis and pulls him inside. Louis staggers out of the burning theatre. He staggers through the daylight. Then he staggers into Armand's cell. when through the clouds of smoke comes - A MAGNIFICENT HEARSE - As in a dream. Santiago rushes him in a blur. Great gusts of smoke cover the street. . too fast to see what he himself is doing. EXT. weakening. driven by Armand's human boy. we see Armand. He decapitates him in turn. flapping its arms. He staggers to the outer door. Through the curtains enclosing the interior. THEATRE DES VAMPIRES.
The Wreck of the Medusa. They stop by a Gericault . exposed to the evening sky. LOUIS And yet you knew what I would o. LOUIS You were their leader. LOUIS You didn't even warm them. . INT. oblivious. It is already a museum by this time and Louis and Armand. LOUVRE. THEATRE DES VAMPIRES. fancily dressed and composed. didn't I? From the terrible dawn. NIGHTS LATER.EXT. The life of Paris goes on around it. I rescued you. walk through it. The gutted Theatre and ballroom. ARMAND I knew. the roof collapsed. did you? ARMAND No. TWILIGHT. They trusted you.
Louis. I took him home. LOUIS (VO) We left Paris shortly after.. who knows what. Then. Egypt. to my America. don't we? ARMAND We are a pair. boredom. perhaps. For years we wandered. He looks at Louis affectionately. We deserve each other. LOUIS What a pair we are. You made me look at them with your eyes. Camera follows them for a while. INT. ARMAND Your melancholy eyes. A deco cinema of the twenties. all the ancient lands. dressed in the style of the period walk down the aisle through the crowded seats.. Armand and Louis walk slowly through the Louvre together.. and that's what counts. then comes to rest on a sunrise by Turner. Greece. Louis and Armand.. NIGHT. MOVIE THEATRE. . out of curiosity.ARMAND You made me see their failings.
We see a montage of sunrises. then as the years progressed in tones of purple. EXT. alone. We would sit in the dark. a technological wonder allowed me see sunrise. Louis emerges from the theatre. LOUIS (VO) . On the screen. The lights come up in a different theatre. LOUIS (VO) And in time parted. Silver at first. dressed in the clothes of the fifties. in black and white. walks through the streets. entranced with the miracle of light. we both wanted the certainties of loneliness once more.. red and my long-lost blue.. night after night among nameless humans..LOUIS (VO) And there. for the first time in two hundred years. NEW ORLEANS STREET. He rises. The SUNRISES continue. from a whole range of movies. Murnau's SUNRISE. NIGHT. Louis sitting there.. in black and white. in colour now. and the backgrounds in them change to the fifties. exits with the others. in a half empty theatre. LOUIS (VO) And what sunrises! Seen as the human eye could never see them. Cars rushing by. twentieth-century madness. We had become so alike.
I walked the streets. he sees a faint glimmer of light coming from a distant glass window of a huge Greek Revival house. NIGHT. They rush into a great overgrown garden surrounding a ruined mansion. almost sweet. Louis sees rats darting across the street. I knew I was home. He approaches then he sees -- OLD SHRIVELLED CORPSE of a man. snagged in the thorny rosevines.I had returned to new Orleans.. There was sadness there.. LOUIS (VO) The scent grew stronger as I walked. . like the fragrance of jasmine. Louis walks past the many Greek Revival Mansions. long dead and dried up. CAMERA PANS OVER white-walled Lafayette cemetery and its surrounding mansions. Louis stops at a rusted gate. GARDEN DISTRICT. only blocks from the Lafayette cemetery I caught the scent of death and it wasn't coming from the graves. LOUIS (VO) And then on Prytania Street.. No lights.. EXT. Old death. He forces it open and enters -- A VERITABLE JUNGLE of overgrown rose and oak tree and wisteria. As soon as I smelt the air. A scent too faint for mortals to detect. savouring it like a long lost perfume. rich.
Virtually walled with them. almost nothing but bones. caught in wisteria and rose vine. He sees through the floor-length window into rooms lined with stacked books. He moves along the porch to the parlour windows. The candle flickers inside. madness. A vampire had lured them here. The floors of the splendid rooms are bare. A single mirror reflecting the moon. only bones and clothes. He passes a third corpse. the behavior of a dying animal that pollutes its own lair. the roots of an oak overgrowing it. He looks up at the distant light. Dead rats. Sees another corpse. I knew what it meant. Water seeps down from the ceiling. LOUIS (VO) It spelt weakness. gleaming as it streaks over the books. Walks on. He sees -- . he moves along the porch. More dead rats. Louis sees dead rats lying near the steps.LOUIS looks around. Louis treads carefully on the rotted steps. sinking into the wet earth. but had benn to weak to get rid of them. except for a rotten French chair by a dead fireplace. LOUIS (VO) They were like the doomed princess caught in the thorny vines of Sleeping Beauty's castle.
. he speaks. One tiny candle stands beside him.. LESTAT I'm so glad you're here Louis. it's alright.. BACK TO -- Lestat. He reads an early comic... Without turning his head... MALLOY'S ENTRANCES FACE SUPERIMPOSED OVER MALLOY (VO) Lestat escaped the fire! LOUIS (VO) He hadn't even been there.. as always.HIS POV Lestat lying on the floor. He is gaunt to near starvation. LESTAT . Blond hair beautiful. but he is almost a skeleton and his eyes are enormous in their sockets. And all those years I thought he was dead. All his scars are gone. I've dreamed of your coming. LOUIS Don't try to speak. His clothes are rags. from the turn of the century.
A series of police sirens go by.. Past. Old.. fearful. . LESTAT Yes. she should never have been one of us. You always were the strong one. Louis? You've come again to me? Louis shakes his head.. until the lights pass over. Louis touches him. he tricked me. piercing the night sky. LOUIS Don't fear me. Lestat shivers..I didn't mean to let them do it. Lestat. LESTAT Still beautiful Louis. He's terrified. He turns and looks at Louis.. LOUIS That's all past. LOUIS It's only a siren... calming him. I bring you no harm.. A helicopter goes overhead. LESTAT You've come back to me.. Red flashes illuminate his face. that Santiago. broken. Lestat. covers his ears..
. the vampire Lestat. LOUIS It's false light.. that fly and that roar! And such lights! They make the night brighter than the day! LOUIS And they frighten you? LESTAT You know I love the dark. It can't harm you.. become the old Lestat. But there's no dark anymore. I remember. LOUIS I have to go now Lestat. Louis shivers. He releases him.. Lestat. I could venture out.LESTAT I can't bear it Louis! The machines out there... Louis. LOUIS Yes.. . LESTAT If you stayed with me Louis.. little by little.. LESTAT You remember how I was.....
Louis.. little by little. no-one can refuse the dark gift. not even you.. suffering human heart.. and maybe I'll be myself again. LESTAT I tried to tell you Louis... the more I wanted you. LESTAT You'll come back.. take me out. that night in Paris....... I need your forgiveness.... A bluebottle buzzes by him. a vampire with your beautiful. Lestat turns back to his candle. LOUIS (WHISPERING) . when I first came to you. Louis.... LOUIS I tried. His hand shoots out and grabs it.. Louis walks slowly away from him.Lestat shivers. his magazine. And how you suffered. squeezes the blood. LESTAT And the more you tried. Louis.. LOUIS You have it.....
it can't end like that. My love died with her. ROOM. I ma a spirit with perternatural flesh. But in fact it ended a long time ago. LOUIS (VO) And my story ends there. Detached. MALLOY No. Empty. ON LOUIS as he walks through the decayed house. INT.. I go on.. I feed on those who cross my path. NIGHT. But all my passion went with her yellow hair. I never really changed after that.. What became of Lestat I have no idea. I'm telling you. about longing. SAN FRANCISCO.Yes.. (PRESENT) Malloy. MALLOY But you talk about passion. LOUIS But it has. Lestat... in every syllable you speak! And then you tell me it ends like that? Just empty? LOUIS It's over. His eyes are expressionless. unchangeable. about things I'll never know in my life! It's still inside you. There is no more to tell... with Claudia's ashes in that theatre. night after night. staring at Louis. .
feel what you've felt I wouldn't let it end like this! You need a like to the world out there.. Take me! Give me your gift.. a connection.. then it won't end like this. He stares at Louis. you don't understand yourself. Malloy rises. Learn what you can. Give the story to others. a new reason to feel.MALLOY You need a new passion. MALLOY You have another chance. MALLOY .. LOUIS Is this what you want? You ask me for this after all I've told you? MALLOY If I could see what you've seen. Louis. your power. then outraged and angry.. Louis is slowly horrified.. what a story you've told.. LOUIS Do what you want with it. Louis.. Louis looks at the cassettes on the table.
... LOUIS Don't say anymore. Louis drops him. LOUIS Dear God... now terrified. . He looks at the boy. Then suddenly grabs him.You need me. Louis turns away. The reels are still turning. haven't I? MALLOY No. I have but one chance to show you the meaning of what I've said. I've failed again. please. whispers MALLOY No.. bares his terrifying fangs and brings them to his throat. in involuntary terror. LOUIS You like it? You like being food for the immortals? You like dying? Is it beautiful? Is it intense? Malloy. Malloy screams. lifts him off the floor.
He runs out of the room. NIGHT. falls on the floor... He shakes his head. He leaps in and screeches off through the night. NIGHT.. He looks up at the tape. STREET OUTSIDE. EXT. He gets up. MALLOY Holy shit. Louis. unfocused terror. EXT. Malloy running for his car. STREETS. terrified. MALLOY . MALLOY Louis. a convertible. Malloy whips the car through the tiny streets. in sheer.LOUIS Thank God. It is still turning.. Louis has vanished.. Malloy. and with shaking fingers gathers his tapes.. When he looks up.
Malloy driving with streams of traffic over the bridge. pulls his neck backwards -- LESTAT sinks his teeth in his neck. to calm himself. shuddering. about to crush the car. MALLOY'S eyes bulging. LESTAT drinks regardless A TRUCK coming towards them. as the life drains out of him. . GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE.. MALLOY'S hands on the wheel shaking. He takes a tape from his pocket. THE WHEEL swinging free of Malloy's dying hands. EXT.Jesus. losing their grip. Suddenly a bony hand shoots out from the back seat. Lestat sucking him like a rat. He breathes deeply. Younger then you are now. sticks it in the deck. That's when it happened. LOUIS (VO)(TAPE) 1791. and with still shaking hands. THE CAR veers wildly into oncoming traffic. NIGHT.. I was twenty-four.
. the sky beyond. Lestat drives on. will I ever forget? EXT. GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE. thieves. THE END. THE CAR misses the truck by inches. He smiles. climbs into the front seat. with the first fingers of light spreading through it. whores. We can see the blood renewing him. jerks it as he drinks... Sailors. THE TAPE playing LOUIS (VO) (TAPE) My invitation was open to anyone. LESTAT Dear Louis. ON LESTAT at the wheel. the car a tiny speck against the bridge. LESTAT throws Malloy to one side. the sea. NIGHT...LESTAT'S BONY HAND grabs the wheel. the corpse of Malloy in the passenger seat. But it was a vampire that accepted.
It was shameless taken off from somewhere else. copyright owners and people who worked hard and were not credited forgive us. may god. This script was found in INFlow. © Basement Publications. Wisconsin. .Digitized by Vampyr. Madison.
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