In recent weeks my dear friends from my RWA chapter and I have been discussing trends in paranormal romance: how it’s grown and evolved. From Urban Fantasy to angels and demons to sparkly vampires, there has been some good changes and some downright awful.
And while we had these discussions at our regular coffee get-togethers, my mind kept rolling back to Interview With a Vampire (the movie for the sake of this discussion). It had been awhile, but somewhere in the foggy recesses of my mind I remembered there being a lot of controversy over the movie when it came it out.
I also remembered falling in love with the genre watching the dark, brooding vampires going about their evil ways. Possibly attempting to do the right things now and then, but always failing there.
But those memories were distant, and I was struck with the urge to watch the movie again. I knew that I had it on VHS in some box, stowed away somewhere in the house, but that would do me little good as I don’t have a viable VHS player. Thank heavens for Netflix and a lazy Friday evening a couple of weeks ago, I was able to revisit this old favorite.
What did I learn from this encore screening? That sometimes movies are a classic for good reason, if it’s only me who considers them so. In addition to the reasons mentioned above, it was (and is) a good story that honors the traditions of vampire lore and builds a world that Rice remains true to.
So today, when we are celebrating ghouls and ghosts and things that go bump in the night, I’d like to give a nod to this classic. What is your favorite paranormal movie?