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Queen of the Damned (Widescreen Edition) (2002)

Horror movie directed by Michael Rymer

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  • Jul 27, 2010

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. So i have to say once i saw the completed product i was....disgusted...disappointed...i don't even know how to describe it. It's awful, the acting blows, and the make-up artist should defiantly be burned at the stake along with whoever decided that it should sound like someone blowing on their glasses to clean them whenever the vampires move around! The storyline it's self is boring,and hard to follow even if you did read the book. I will say that i did like the choice of Aaliyah as the part of Akasha, i thought that she physically looked the part. But whatever they did to her voice was weird, the woman was a very talented pop singer i know she donen't sound like that. Now given they may have had to use a voice over for part of the film because the actress was killed during production, but still. For anyone who actually did read the book this film was a major let down because it only covers a very small portion of the story (Lestat's music career). It dosn't even touch on the biological beginnings of the vampire race or Akashas back story (since she is the original vampire, it might have been more interesting than watching Lestat eat groupies right?). The only thing i truly enjoyed in this movie was the soundtrack. It was a totally original idea, instead of taking popular songs off of popular rock bands current albums and creating a compilation the production studios commissioned Jonathan Davis (Korn) to produce an album made up entirely of songs written especially for the movie by various popular artists. (hint: maybe this is where the production money all went??) The outcome was a really really well done album that sold more copies than the DVD did when it was released. The sound is dark and sexy i absolutely love it, and it still makes it's way to my CD player today! Whats even better is the original songs were used in the movie as the songs on Lestats record released by his band The Vampire Lestat.

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July 28, 2010
nice write up! couldn't agree more...
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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.
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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