Queen of the DamnedFebruary 22, 2002
The vampire Lestat becomes a rock star whose music wakes up the queen of all vampires.
Release Year: 2002
Rating: 4.8/10 (26,728 voted)
Critic's Score: 30/100
Stars: Aaliyah, Stuart Townsend, Marguerite Moreau
After many years of sleeping in his coffin, the vampire Lestat awakens only to find that the world has changed and he wants to be a part of it. He gathers a following and becomes a rock star only to find that his music awakens the ancient Queen Akasha and she wants him to become her king…
Writers: Anne Rice, Scott Abbott
Lestat de Lioncourt
Marius de Romanus
This time there are no interviews.
Warner Bros. |
Release Date: 22 February 2002
Filming Locations: Duckboard Place, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $14,757,535
(24 February 2002)
Did You Know?
Aaliyah died in a plane crash shortly after principal photography was completed. Michael Rymer called in Aaliyah's brother, Rashad Haughton, to help overdubbing her voice following her death.
While in the vampire bar, the woman playing the drums is not playing the same song, or the same rhythm.
There comes a time for every vampire when the idea of eternity becomes momentarily unbearable. Living in the shadows, feeding in the darkness with only your own company to keep, rots into a solitary, hollow existence. Immortality seems like a good idea…
Damned good fun
As a fan of the novels and the movie Interview with a Vampire, I spent
a good half hour yelling at the screen before realizing the following:
1. These are not Anne Rice's vampires. Every character is different,
despite their names (The only one to nail a character was Vincent
Perez, the highlight of the movie as Marius. Good job.)
2. The plot of the movie is not based on the books. It as if someone
picked up a copy of The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned, opened
to random pages, made assumptions, got bored and stopped reading, then
wrote a screenplay.
3. The vampiric rules adhered to in the books are not followed in the
movie. The vampires just do whatever is coolest. A certain vampire
can't fly? Why not? And why not give him a trail?
Once you have acknowledged all these things, you can watch the movie.
Have fun. This is not heavy stuff like Interview with the Vampire.
Watch Stuart Townsend dance around in a mesh shirt and tight pants, and
applaud when his shirt disappears, or, if you like it better, watch
Aaliyah gyrate in a scanty metal bra contraption. It's what these two
Embrace its plot holes and stupid dialog (which lends itself to random
quoting), sing along to the entertaining rock songs. Try and figure out
what each of the ancients are named. Pride yourself if you can provide
any explanation for what happens at the end of the movie, because
"trimming to help the pace" leaves the ending fairly incomprehensible,
especially to those who have read the books.
Be sure to watch the extra features, the gag reel for laughs and the
deleted scenes if you want to know what happened in the movie. Also try
the various documentaries, which are entertaining when they throw in
weird special effects while people are speaking.
Perfect for a loud, popcorn-filled Friday night with the friends!