Friends, back in 1994 when Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles was released into movie theaters, I was unaware of the popularity of Anne Rice’s book series. All I knew before walking into the theater with my friends is that it was about a vampire being interviewed about his life and that it starred folks like Tom Cruise and Antonio Banderas – the latter I knew from The Mambo Kings from ’92. Of course I knew of Christian Slater from films such as The Name of the Rose, Heathers, Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, Pump Up the Volume, and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. At the very least I can say that I knew of Brad Pitt at that time thanks to his roles in Cool World, Kalifornia, and the overlooked 1989 slasher Cutting Class – although I also knew him from his brief role as Randy in the popular TV series Dallas.

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Having not read any of The Vampire Chronicles at that point, on leaving the movie theater I was pretty impressed with what I had seen – although a few of my friends weren’t as wowed. I think it would be honest to say that the film did well for itself though – with an estimated budget of around 60 million dollars it earned 224 million. In addition I recall the popularity of it when it reached home video as that was one of my jobs at the time. Having said all of that, I suppose it was due to my work schedule that I missed this hilarious parody from the 1995 MTV Movie Awards – featuring Adam West in the role of Louis and Frank Gorshin as Malloy… sort of. Because with these two iconic actors – probably best know for their work in the Batman television show from ’66 – they just can’t help referencing their old roles, right?

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Published by Vic Sage

An avid devotee to pretty much all things pop culture and retro related - I love to share my memories and passion for films, comics, gaming, podcasting... and curiously enough my overwhelming desire to never stop eating beef jerky.

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