Interview with the Vampire is one of the best vampire novels ever written. I can give you a lot of reasons why, but for tonight, I’m going to focus on the vampire Claudia. Anne Rice blew me away with the idea of a vampire trapped as a child forever. At the time I read the book, I’d never considered that possibility, and seeing how Rice handled it was fascinating.
In the novel, Claudia is turned into a vampire at the age of five. The film version wisely aged Claudia to be eleven-years-old when it cast Kirsten Dunst in the role, and she nailed the part. One of my favorite moments in the film involves Claudia, when she approaches Lestat playing the piano, just before she tries to kill him. That moment gave me chills, because it was exactly the way I’d always imagined it. A lot of that had to do with Dunst’s performance.
The concept of the child vampire hasn’t gone unexplored by other books and films. I even mentioned one of these earlier this year, Eli from the film Let the Right One In. The quality of the performance in that foreign film might outdo Dunst’s, but I’ll always have a soft spot for her Claudia.