Every Era’s Vampires Require New Blood

A Queer, Multiracial Adaptation of Anne Rice’s Seminal Novel Follows a 200-Year-Old Tradition

For all the puffy shirts, brooding glances, and implicit queerness of Interview with the Vampire, the blockbuster 1976 novel by the late Anne Rice that became the 1994 cult classic starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, it took until 2022 for the gay romance between the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, and the human Louis de Pointe du Lac to be made explicit.

In the first episode of AMC’s superb television adaptation, the white, aristocratic Lestat propositions Louis, in this iteration a Black Creole business owner, to “be my companion … be …

Give the Oscar to Kern County

A New Film Shot in the Oil Town of Taft Offers Some Unexpected Insights into the Golden State

Sure, California has everything. But where would you find a murderous, Farsi-speaking, chador-wearing vampire riding her skateboard around an oil city with the slow swagger of Clint Eastwood?

Kern County, of …