I’ll say one factor about AMC’s new tackle Interview With the Vampire: It’s not refined. But then once more, nobody is searching for a timid Anne Rice adaptation, are they? Rice’s bestselling Gothic vampire novels unabashedly enjoy intercourse, blood and fervour, and this Vampire collection — premiering Sunday, Oct. 2 at 10/9c; I’ve seen the primary three episodes — actually delivers these issues in spades. It’s grandly melodramatic and genuinely unsettling with a luxurious visible model, however the melodrama does tip over into the absurd at occasions. Some will fall in love with this adaptation, I believe… and a few will simply like to hate-watch it.
Vampire‘s premiere weaves a seductive spell, going over the top in all the best ways with beautiful period costumes and production design that recall Boardwalk Empire and The Knick with a supernatural twist. The visual effects are top-notch, too, with cool touches like a vampire’s pores and skin dissolving little by little within the solar and Lestat freezing time to talk telepathically with Louis. Writer Rolin Jones (Perry Mason, Friday Night Lights) and Emmy-winning director Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones, The Sopranos) convey critical status TV cred, they usually make some daring storytelling decisions. The novel’s homoerotic subtext turns into specific textual content right here, with Louis and Lestat locked in an intense infatuation. As they share a sensual three-way tryst with a prostitute, Lestat sinks his tooth into Louis’ neck — and the primal energy of his chew sends them each floating into the air.
The preliminary thrill of being a vampire finally wears off, although, giving approach to extra mundane issues, and so too does this Interview With the Vampire. After that dazzling premiere, Louis’ story will get much less fascinating because it settles in, dragged down by his tedious household points. Anderson does have critical fireplace and gravitas as Louis, making him a stable, sympathetic lead. But I’m a bit torn on Reid as Lestat: He has a hypnotic, otherworldly high quality that’s typically mesmerizing… and different occasions ridiculous. (Note: The little one vampire Claudia, performed by Kirsten Dunst within the 1994 film, doesn’t seem within the first three episodes, however casting an older teen within the position — Bailey Bass performs her right here — does inevitably blunt a few of the shock issue.)
As enjoyable as it’s to see Vampire go careening off the rails, it does get misplaced in its personal indulgences at occasions, with overwrought screaming matches set to a blaring rating that verge on camp. (This is a present the place the query “Did you eat the baby?” is requested in earnest. And not simply as soon as!) It has a touch of Hannibal‘s wild bloodlust, but it’s not practically as refined as that gory masterpiece was. Still, this Vampire manages to search out moments of lyrical magnificence amid all the surplus. Louis advises Molloy at one level to “let the tale seduce you,” and for some time, this story did certainly seduce me… however some spells can solely maintain us in a trance for thus lengthy.
THE TVLINE BOTTOM LINE: AMC’s stunning new tackle Interview With the Vampire is actually daring and seductive, however it too typically suggestions over into camp.