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Queen of the Damned (Widescreen Edition) (2002)

Horror movie directed by Michael Rymer

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Gimme some Blood, Sucka

  • Sep 4, 2002
Rating:
+3
Pros: Interesting and effective way to adapt two novels to screen.

Cons: BIG liberties taken with the author's storyline.

The Bottom Line: I enjoyed this and I didn't expect to. For "vampire" fans it's definitely worth a watch!!!

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.

I wanted to see this as soon as it came out. I've gobbled all of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles and good or bad, I have loved them all. If I get attached to a series, I tolerate the excellent along with the mediocre if the story moves along.

I waited a long time before I saw the first movie installment "Interview with the Vampire." I finally made it to the show on Valentine's Day and was actually not terribly disappointed. I looked very much forward to the next film installment as "The Vampire Lestat" was one of my favorites from the series.

Imagine my surprise when I hear that "Queen of the Damned" is in production....

That can't be right I tell myself. I check into the Internet Movie Database on Occasion to see where it is in production. I don't know any of these people it seems. I'm thinking this is gonna be really lame.

THEN, Aaliyah dies which gives some among of impetus to the film. I had no clue who she was, so it didn't mean much to me (unlike Stevie Ray Vaughan from my hometown here...) The movie debuts and I hear ALL kinds of stuff about it, but somehow I never manage to make it to the theater. I hear that it stinks, I hear that it doesn't make sense. This does somewhat dampen my desire to see it.

Still....somewhere in the back of my mind I want to check it out.

FINALLY, I hear last week that it is out on DVD and I scoot over to half.com and I pick it up for $17.00 including shipping. I opened it up today and stuck it in the machine and watched.

Well, hmmm.

I liked it.

I wasn't sure going in, since I'd heard SO much bad press, but maybe I'm easy.

This movie certainly takes GREAT liberties with the author's storyline. There is a LOT left out and there is some pretty random stuff added in. Yet...

I had gained an appreciation for Tom Cruise's Lestat based on repeated viewings. I had no idea who Stuart Townsend was, but he certainly gave a more than creditable performance. He embraced the character of Lestat and made it his own and no one can fault him for that.

Although there are SO many holes in the original story line, the film still gives a feeling for Lestat's personal voyage into the present and how he as the Brat Prince embraces that. Although not fully fleshed out, the overall FEELING is still present in this adaptation.

I'm not sure how the non-initiate would perceive this work. I've been so involved with the literary series since #4 Body Thief, that I can't imagine not knowing the vampires' stories. I can only discuss it from one who has read and re-read the author's works.

One gets the feeling of the older and the stronger vampires gathering against Akasha--The Queen of the Damned. This is well portrayed in the movie, the well read viewer can easily fill in the details. I'm not sure that the new viewer could understand much of the subtlety.

Throughout it all, Stuart Townsend turns in quite a lovely performance as Lestat. He is sensual, sensitive and enough to make anyone want to be "brought over to the dark side."

I'm interested by the importance of the character Jesse in the film. Although pertinent in the text, she seems to gain precedence as someone of big importance to Lestat. Although I think this wrinkle does injustice to Rice's literary work, it seems to work well in the film.

What I hate is that the emphasis on the ancient ones is totally left out of this work. It is such an integral part of the text. I'm not sure how that could be adapted to the film. I watched some of the deleted scenes that give this aspect a more full consideration, but as it is missing from the film, this part leaves me wanting.

Overall however, I still enjoyed this film foray. I think that if one has read the Anne Rice books that one can forgive some of the liberties. The performances in some cases are exquisite.

Is this film what I wanted? Maybe not exactly. Is the film I expected? Not at all. Did I enjoy it?

Yeah.

Would I watch it again? You bet.

The film itself is quite visually interesting. The story line moves along. The acting is fairly well done, especially the performance by the NEW Vampire Lestat. He pulled it off folks...it's worth a view.

Recommended:
Yes

Viewing Format: DVD
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older

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Quick Tip by . June 15, 2011
Among the very worst of all vampire movies (ranking somewhere between Twilight and Dracula 2000), this trashy account of a resurrected Egyptian god-vamp (Aaliyah, whose timely death secured its box office success) and her pretty rock star bloodsucker (Stuart Townsend, at his ultimate career low) somehow degrades two mediums. Vincent Perez can't even stare convincingly, and Marguerite Moreau's horrid complexion and muppet lips are the only scary elements of this disaster.
review by . July 27, 2010
Talk about loosley based!
This movie came out when i was in high school,and was (still am) an avid Anne Rice reader. Although her first book to movie rendition of Interview with the Vampire wasn't exactly perfect screenplay-wise it was still a very entertaining film. I came to find out later on that the changed made to the film version were thought up by the author herself, so that made it even better for me. So when i first heard of this movie i was of course, excited! This is one of my favorite books in the series. …
Quick Tip by . July 27, 2010
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the soundtrack rocked, the movie totally blows!!! it has nearly nothing to do with the book.
review by . December 12, 2005
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I had purchased this movie years ago due to the respect of Aaliyah. Aaliyah you are my girl but man this movie wasn't working for me. I'd read some reviews of this adaptation of the Anne Rice novel written by professional movie critics, and they have been uniform in declaring this movie truly bad, deserving the equivalent of about a 1.2/5 rating. What is bad about this movie? There are numerous plot holes and faults here that render the movie somewhat difficult to understand for those who have not …
review by . February 20, 2002
Pros: Nothing.     Cons: Lousy story, pacing, acting.     The Bottom Line: A rotten film that should never have been released.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. The tragic death of a films star has often helped the box office draw. One only has to look at the openings of “The Crow” and “Brainstorm” following the death of their stars Brandon Lee and Natalie Wood. Hollywood is not always known for …
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The late, great R. & B. singer Aaliyah makes her appearance about halfway through this bloodless vampire chronicle based on Anne Rice's wacky novel. Stuart Townsend plays Lestat, the night stalker who awakens the Queen from her slumber with garish rock tunes. The whole film is a swishy, rococo howl-too humorless to be camp (although most of the cast puts on a hysterical Transylvanian accent) and dull beyond reason. -Bruce Diones
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Director: Michael Rymer
Release Date: February 22, 2002
DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
Runtime: 101 minutes
Studio: Warner Home Video
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