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Saturday, January 22, 2011

ON LOCATION: Interview with the Vampire Plantation

As I mentioned in my prior ON LOCATION post (TCM '74 House), most movie locations do not have any historical significance, other than the fact that they have been featured in a movie. The house in Interview with the Vampire is different because it is ripe with real historical significance. 

For those of you that do not remember the film very well, in the first act of the movie, the vampire Lestat (Tom Cruise) turns Louise (Brad Pitt) into a vampire in New Orleans. During their time in New Orleans, the two of them live in a large plantation house as they kill slaves and other unfortunate souls. 

The exterior location used as their home is a real antebellum plantation home called Oak Alley. 

All photos taken December, 2010
Screen captures from Interview with the Vampire DVD below each photo

While driving across the US, we decided to spend a few days in New Orleans. As we continued on our journey, we stopped at Oak Alley. Here is a sign that was located across the street from the plantation that sheds some light on the history of the plantation and why it is called Oak Alley. For more on the history of Oak Alley Plantation, you can visit their official website here

Located between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Oak Alley Plantation is only a short drive away. The address is 3645 Highway 18 (Great River Road). It costs $18 per person to take a tour of the interior of the house and the grounds surrounding it. If you want to just drive by and see the exterior of the place, you can stop at the side of the road to take pictures (like we did). 

The oak trees can be seen from different angles in the film. 
We didn't have time to take a tour of the inside of the plantation, but I'm guessing they never shot any interior shots of the place for the movie, considering most of the sets were burned down. 
As you can see, the building still stands. It doesn't look like much has changed at Oak Alley since they shot Interview with the Vampire. I presume it won't change for the next 100 years either. If you like movie locations and you like history, definitely check out Oak Alley. When I am in New Orleans next and have more time, I will be sure to pay the 18 bucks and tour the property.

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