Why Kirsten Dunst scares us in ”Interview With the Vampire”
CLASSIFICATION Underage Undead
CHARACTER Claudia, the littlest bloodsucker
CHILD’S PLAY Saved — and damned — when mature vamps Louis (Brad Pitt) and Lestat (Tom Cruise) give her a transfusion, Claudia becomes part of a perverse nuclear family.
CHILLING MOMENT Claudia tries to cut her hair but learns that even her appearance is frozen for eternity, and that she’ll never hit puberty.
WHY SHE SCARES US Dunst is spookily convincing as a creature with the experience and appetites of a woman, trapped in the body of a child.
WOULD PLAY WELL WITH… Resurrected tyke Gage Creed (Miko Hughes) in Pet Sematery (1989); junior vampire Laddie (Chance Michael Corbitt) in The Lost Boys (1987)