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Queen of the Damned (Widescreen Edition) (2002)

Horror movie directed by Michael Rymer

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This one really bites.

  • Feb 20, 2002
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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 being a sensitive and understanding industry, so the recent release of “Queen of the Damned” has raised some eyebrows in film circles. For those who are not familiar with the story, the film is based on Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, which became the film “Interview with a Vampire”. The sequel picks up with the Vampire Lestat (Stuart Townsend), who has awaken from a decades long sleep to become of all things, a rock musician. The film then flashes back in time to Lestat’s early years as a vampire and his training under his master Marius (Vincent Perez). During his training, Lestat learns about the Queen of the Damned named Akasha and discovers that she possessed absolute power, and like himself, a thirst not to hide her existence and true nature from the world.
If you are not confused yet, do not worry, it gets worse. There is also a scholar named Jesse (Margurite Moreau) who is like a vampire groupie and seeks to learn all she can from Lestat. Lestat also has his career to think about and a pending concert in Death Valley takes up most of his time. The fact that ever vampire on the planet wants to bleed him dry for exposing them and their secrets in his lyrics is of little concern to him.
What follows is an extremely boring and uninspired collection of scenes with little to no cohesion to them. The weak plot is made worse by acting that is stiffer then the corpses in the film and accents that seem to be inspired by Saturday morning cartoons. Further hindering the film is a total lack of chemistry amongst the cast and lines and deliveries that elicited groans from the audience at my screener. The tragic thing about this film is not that I had to sit through it; it is the way the filmmakers have decided to exploit the late singer Aaliyah in the films publicity. She is front and center on all adds for the film, but has less than 15 minutes of screen time. This has caused some outrage as the tagline “All She Wants Is Hell On Earth” is not in the best of taste regarding an individual who passed tragically and recently. The film had supposedly been sitting waiting to be released, and a direct to video release seemed likely. Sadly, it seems that someone thought they could make a buck from releasing one of Aaliyah’s last works and have given audiences a film that is not only insensitive to her passing, but is a film that is easily one of the worst I have seen. Tom Cruise had the good sense to stay away from reprising his role of Lestat in this film, and audiences should demand this film be buried never to see the light of day again.

½ a star out of 5
Gareth Von Kallenbach


Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age

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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 . September 04, 2002
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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 …
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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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