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Jun052018

Beauty vs Beast: Queens of the Night

Happy Tuesday, Jason from MNPP here with our weekly "Beauty vs Beast" fun - the year of movies in focus for June is the year 1994 thanks to the Smackdown (Nat just introduced you to the panelists) and so I'm going to take you back to a movie of 1994 for this week's poll... namely Neil Jordan's Interview With the Vampire, which starred Tom Cruise as Lestat and Brad Pitt as his blood heir Louis locked in a battle of diabolical foppery from the story by Anne Rice.

Handily this is also a film that works thematically for Gay Pride Month too, although lord knows it should've been far, far gayer - no doubt the forthcoming TV series rights that wrong. But whose side will you take today? The unrepentant and giddy evildoer, or the sad romantic that looks like Brad Pitt in 1994? As Lestat says, "Don't be afraid, I'm going to give you the choice I never had..."

PREVIOUSLY Most of expressed feeling bad that you were voting against Christina Ricci in our Opposite of Sex poll from two weeks back but that sure didn't stop you - Lisa Kudrow's Lucia trounced her with almost 80% of the vote. Said James From Ames:

"Have to give it to Lucia. They've both overbearing as hell, but at least Lucia's comes from a messed-up sense of protectiveness, right? One of my favorite movies of all time, and Ricci's best performance in my opinion. I don't remember when exactly I first saw it -- but I never was the same again after that summer."

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As much as I hate Tom Cruise these days, he was great as Lestat as I'll vote for Lestat. Sorry Brad.

June 4, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterthevoid99

What thevoid99 just said, also never liked him before or after but here he is imo by far the best character and actor of the whole lot, Louis and Armand should have been the ones to burn to a crisp

June 5, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterToby Dammit

I know I'm in a minority but I like the film and I am a fan of Cruise's work as Lestat. Off topics: Kiki Dunst is awesome as Claudia, even if 1994 was an awesome year for supporting actresses, in my opinion she could have been a strong contender

June 5, 2018 | Unregistered Commentermirko

I'll defend this movie despite its less-than-ideal casting choices (save the lightning in a bottle casting of Dunst). Cruise however is better here than Pitt - his trademark cavalier character plugged in to so many movies gives Lestat the edge the character needs.

June 5, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSawyer

Jason -- this post title is giving me LIFE this morning. Thank you.

June 5, 2018 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I’m with Lestat. Fine, he’s amoral, but he’s so fun! For someone who’s immortal, Louis needs to learn how to live a little.

June 5, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterNick T

I like Brad Pitt a lot, but he is actually pretty terrible in this. I'd have to go with Cruise.

June 5, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJJM

I'd have to vote for neither! Tom Cruise sucks in real life and Brad Pitt, unfortunately, sucks in this one (and neither in the bloodsucking manner of vampires, you understand). Team Claudia/Kirsten Dunst all the way.

June 5, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRob

Anne Rice apologized to Cruise for her misgivings about his casting so if she was ok with it I am. Pitt probably should have apologized to her.

June 5, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterTom G.

You. Are. A. Vampire!!! Stop whining!!!

June 5, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterforever1267

Lestat is a lot more fun and he gets the last bite

June 5, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

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