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Queen of the Damned (Widescreen Edition) (2002)

Horror movie directed by Michael Rymer

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A Quick Tip by rbuchanan

  • Jun 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.
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June 16, 2011
Agreed, this was a wretched film and one which really made me lose interest in reading the rest of Anne Rice's books. The whole plot, the casting choices, the direction were all terrible. I think I took two good things away from this film and those two things are a fanged Goth-Egyptian Aaliyah in a golden bikini and a fairly good nu-metal soundtrack (which was good, but didn't compliment the film in the least or perhaps it was vice versa and the film didn't compliment the soundtrack). I can't help but wonder if a different director, screenwriter, or cast could have improved the film much or if the story was just too ludicrous from the start.
June 16, 2011
Not having read any of the screenplay's numerous drafts, I wouldn't presume to know. Compared to this, Dracula A.D. 1972 is a masterwork.
You oughtn't lose interest in Old Howard's books because this film is so horrid, but that most of them represent the quintessence of turgid melodrama. That aside, even a skimming of Stephenie Meyer's toilet paper makes O'Brien's distended works read like Lovecraft...if only for the sake of relief.
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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
posted in Movie Hype
the soundtrack rocked, the movie totally blows!!! it has nearly nothing to do with the book.
review by . December 12, 2005
posted in Movie Hype
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
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
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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