Queen of the DamnedDirector: Paul Goldman, Michael Rymer
The second and third novels in author Anne Rice's popular book series The Vampire Chronicles provide the inspiration for this horror sequel starring ill-fated actress and recording artist Aaliyah, who was killed in an airplane crash before the film's release. Stuart Townsend is the vampire Lestat, who has awakened from a century-long slumber and turned his considerable energy to rock music. His vampirism identity mistaken for a gothic hard rock publicity stunt along the lines of Kiss or Marilyn Manson, he quickly becomes a pop music sensation. Lestat's powerful music reaches the ear of the slumbering Akasha (Aaliyah), the millennia-old "queen of the vampires" who was the first immortal bloodsucker. Akasha is soon free and embarking on a quest to seize control of the world with Lestat at her side. In the meantime, Lestat becomes an object of fascination for Jesse Reeves (Marguerite Moreau), member of a secret order studying the supernatural called the Talamasca, and a band of ancient vampires come together in an effort to stop Akasha, even though her destruction could potentially cause their own deaths. Queen of the Damned co-stars Lena Olin and Vincent Perez.
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- Warner Home Video
Cast & Crew
|Paul McGann||David Talbot|
|Marguerite Moreau||Jesse Reeves|
|Franklyn Ajaye||French Dealer|
|Imogen Annesley||Club Vampire|
|Christopher Connelly||Mortal Yuppie|
|Russell Kiefel||Fire Marshall|
|Pip Mushin||Guy being sucked|
|Hugo Race||Vampire Bass Player|
|Alistair Reid||Euro Trash Vampire|
|Bobby Bright||Sound Engineer|
|John Buckley||French Journalist|
|Suzi Dougherty||Pale Faced Vampire|
|Tayler Kane||Club Vampire|
|Anni Finsterer||Euro Trash Vampire|
|Dino Marnika||Music Journalist|
|Andrew L. Urban||Himself|
|Miguel Ayesa||New York Vampires|
|Michael Azria||VW Driver|
|Robin Casinader||Vampire Pianist|
|Nicole Fantl||London Groupie|
|Strawberry Fields||Girl with businessman|
|Nalishebo Gaskell||West Indian Girl|
|Nandila Gaskell||West Indian Girl|
|Nick Gill||Band Member|
|Antonios Greige||Camel Driver|
|Fouad Harraka||Greek Father|
|Matthew Hassall||Lestat's Vilonlinist double|
|Karoline Hohlweg||Euro Trash Vampire|
|Rowland S. Howard||Vampire Guitarist|
|Chris Kirby||New York Vampires|
|Arrowyn Lloyd||VW Passenger|
|Enrico Mammerella||Greek fisherman|
|Joe Manning||New York Vampires|
|Alyssa McClelland||London Groupie|
|Kirsty Meares||Lifestyle journalist|
|Pia Miranda||Jesse's roomate|
|Duncan Myers||Rent Boy|
|Aimee Nash||Vampire Singer|
|Antony Neate||Euro Trash Vampire|
|Mark O'Halloran||Rent Boy|
|Nicola Paull||Flight Attendant|
|Renee Quast||Vampire Girl sucking|
|Tamasin Ramsay||Woman Victim|
|Marnie Reece-Wilmore||LA Groupie|
|Kat Rhodes||Vampire Girl|
|Daniel Schlusser||Club Vampire|
|Richael Tanner||Young Jesse|
|Becky Thomas||Band Member|
|Mandie Vieira||Young violin player|
|Rochelle Ward||Euro Trash Vampire|
|Darren Wilson||Sound Engineer|
|Simon Wilton||Vampire in the park|
|Dan Zizys||Vampire doorman|
|Renee de Bondt||Vampire Girl sucking|
|Su Armstrong||Executive Producer|
|Julie Barton||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Brett Beecham||Makeup Special Effects|
|Michael Bell||Set Decoration/Design|
|Bruce Berman||Executive Producer|
|Michael P. Byrne||Screenwriter|
|Rick Connelly||Makeup Special Effects|
|Brian Cox||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Sean S. Cunningham||Animator|
|David Lee||Sound Mixer|
|Rich Dickerson||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Fiona Donovan||Set Decoration/Design|
|Brian Dusting||Set Decoration/Design|
|Gab Facchinei||Makeup Special Effects|
|Frank Fitzpatrick||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Colin Fletcher||Art Director,Asst. Director|
|Kelly Foreman||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Bill Gerber||Executive Producer|
|Richard Gibbs||Score Composer,Songwriter|
|Keith Heygate||Asst. Director|
|Frances D. Hogan||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Ada Johansen||Makeup Special Effects|
|Jonathan Davis||Score Composer,Songwriter|
|Ian Jones||Camera Operator,Cinematographer|
|Sue Mackay||Production Manager|
|Leigh Mackenzie||Camera Operator|
|Andrew Mason||Executive Producer|
|Bob McCarron||Makeup Special Effects|
|Tom Nursey||Art Director|
|Yolande Robertson||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Martin Rusard||Makeup Special Effects|
|Angus Strathie||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Tania Trusler||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Belinda Villani||Makeup Special Effects|
|Graham "Grace" Walker||Production Designer|
|Tim Walston||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Elka Wardega||Makeup Special Effects|
|Bernard Weiser||Sound Editor|
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The main plot is between Lestat, Jesse, and Akasha. There are also several subplots involving David, Maharet, and Marius - each is connected to one or more of the main characters. Akasha and her mate were the Original Vampires. Vampires worshiped them as Gods - they were the source of all Vampirism. To every Vampire they were the Creators. After countless centuries of life they'd lost the will to carry on, they'd become Living Statues. Marius had eventually become their caretaker. At the beginning of the movie Lestat was intomed in a crypt. He too had lost the will to carry on. Eternity had become too much to handle, so he'd slept for several generations. Eventually he sensed that society had shifted, he found a reason to rise. He turned himself into a Rock Star, declaring to the whole planet that he was a Vampire. Naturally society as a whole didn't take that seriously. As a Rock Star he was worshiped by countless fans. He also gained an endless supply of prey. Fans came to him, not realizing their danger until it was too late. Jessie was part of a secret society. One that recorded Vampire Activity, but was sworn to never interfere. David was her mentor, and a father figure. David had been studying Marius for many years, unaware that Marius had been doing the same with him. After the final battle Marius comes for David, presumably to turn him. Through David Jessie gained access to Lestat's journal. That journal told how Marius made Lestat a Vampire. How Lestat had eventually found Akasha. For the first time since Marius had cared for her, Akasha moved. She offered him her wrist - her blood. A tiny taste of her blood had made him quite powerful. Jessie became obsessed with Lestat. She found him in London, and followed him to his concert in Death Valley. The chemistry between those two was beautiful. She wanted to become a Vampire, she wanted to be with Lestat forever. She was also connect to an ancient Vampiress - Maharet. Maharet had been made by Akasha herself. Before being turned Maharet had born a child. Even as a Vampire she'd taken care of that child. She'd followed each generation of her descendants. As a child Jessie had believed Maharet was her aunt. Near the end of the movie Jessie learned the full truth. Lestat's music, boldness, and defiance had spread across the entire planet. Eventually it was enough to wake Akasha. She took the King's Blood, absorbed his power. Then she came for Lestat, wanting him for her new King. She and Lestat shared a night together. Metaphorically feasting on each others flesh, and literally feeding on each others blood. Akasha's blood gave Lestat the power to walk in daylight. Maharet and Marius allied themselves with several other ancient vampires. They were terrified of fighting Akasha. It wasn't just that they weren't sure they could beat her. They didn't know if the Vampire Species could survive without it's creator. When Akasha arrived with Lestat they refused to join her. She ordered Lestat to kill Jessie, to punish Marharet. When Lestat demanded his crown, she didn't hesitate. Akasha had believed Jessie's death would solidify her hold on Lestat, instead he'd broken it. With her veins open, Akasha was vulnerable. The ancients all attacked. 2 died in battle. Then Marharet finished her. Marharet took the last of Akasha's blood - she became a living statue, the New Queen of the Vampires. Afterwards Lestat gave Jessie his blood. The movie ends with the two of them heading off into eternity together.
i luv it ! .. i have it on dvd & i watch it like 3 times a month yes i'm a huge vampire fan & i love the way stuart towsend played the roll as the vampire lestat! & the soundtrack is awesome !
Some of ya might not like this movie but i love it from beginning to end and has a great soundtrack too!!
Director Mike Rhymer should have read the book before beginning the film. The cinematography is wonderful as well as the locations where the film was shot and great soundtrack. I understand he wanted to focus more on Lestat, but the main story of the twins, Enkil and Akasha were never properly delved into. If you are a fan of Anne Rice's novels, I would not recommend this movie for you. Characters not properly portrayed or just simply missing are a major disappointment as well as the origin of who made Lestat into a vampire. Save your time and money.
If you've read the books you may or may not like this movie. I think it's great, though! I liked it much better than "Interview w/ the Vampire"....Tom Cruise w/ blonde hair was not Lestat to me as much as Townsend is here. He may not have "the look" but he definitely had the attitude to play the role! This movie is worth the time & money!
Talented and beautiful, Aaliyah stars in Queen of the damned. Sexy and Evil, what a combination. The movie is a twist on traditional vampire movies, and creates a modern image of vampires. Special effects as well as an awesome soundtrack finish off an incredible movie
I loved the movie. I think vampires are a metophore.It is for the outsider, for those who are a little more complex. All in all I think It is right up there with Interview with a Vampire. I hope to see more Anne Rice adaptations in the future!
It was action packed, Aaliayah was a great akasha and stuert was a great lestat, i really enjoyed this movie more then interview with the vampire it was just a blast and im for sure buying it 8/27/02.latz
This movie was one of the best movies I've ever seen. It was beautiful and changed minds about the way most people thought about vampires' lives. It took me in and made me feel as if I were actually one of them, one of the Damned. The mixing of the cast was great. Aaliyah and Stuart Townsend had perfect chemistry and yet the temptation of Marguerite Moreau made the movie fit together. I'm not usually one for Horror/Drama movies (or any movies at that) but this one I really got into, I could say, it became a part of me and all I have is words of praise for it.
I was impressed at how enjoyable ''Queen of the Damned'' was even though the movie did not follow the book. It is nice to know that there are people out there who are seriously considering making movies out of the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice (ex. ''Interview with the Vampire'' w/ Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt.) As a major fan of Anne Rice novels I do hope more movies will be based on her books.
I now have proof that Lestat walks the Earth, now all I have to do is find him! Aside from everyone being up in arms about the movies discrepancies from the book....take this movie for what it is.....just an interpretation based on the books. And a pretty great one at that. The best thing they ever did was finding Stuart Townsend to bring Lestat to life (so to speak), what a beauty he is. I myself was under his power. I think you'll agree. This movie is wonderful and worth seeing! Easily 5 stars.
i love this movie to death!!! Aaliyah was really good,im like her number#1fan and may she rest in peace and as soon as the dvd comes out im there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and R.I.P Aaliyah forever
I really loved this movie!!! My friend and I went to see the movie on its opening weekend and we both loved it. I hadn't really read any of Anne Rice's books before, but after we saw ''Queen of the Damned'' we started reading the Vampire Chronicles, which by the way are very good. About the movie, I totally fell for Lestat, who was played by Stuart Townsend (hottie!). Aaliyah, R.I.P., did very good in this movie as Akasha as well. I totally recommend ''Queen of the Damned''. To those who haven't seen it yet and want to see it it would be great if you'd buy the DVD(includes a lot of extra footage, scenes,etc..) which comes out August 27th, 2002!!!.
Aaliyah played her role as Akasha perfectly.I couldn't picture anyone playing the vampire Queen the way she did.She left behind a hell of a movie and a legacy.
This movie was the best! Ihave it all over my room! I think AALIYAH, Stuart Townsend,and the rest of the cast did a great job on the film! I think Michael Rymer did an excellent job of making this film! Stuart Townsend (Lestat) was good at singing R.I.P AALIYAH
I am a huge Anne Rice fan....I went to see this movie because I was excited about seeing another book in movie form(especially since IWTV was so true to the book). This movie is so far from the book that I do not feel that it even deserves to share the name of the book. Charracter names and the concert are the only things that happened in the book. Charracters are miss represented and the actors do not even resemble the characters. I was extremely dissapointed but I must say the cinematography was done well as well as the sound track. I do not know why the songs in the movie were not written with the bits and pieces of lyrics that were found in the books though. I would have been more impressed by that. If you are not an Anne Rice reader then you might like the movie but some of the acting is cheesy. As for Aliyah she has almost no part in the movie...she is probably on the screen for 30 min. max...so I can not comment on her acting...there wasn't much.
Though it took almost a decade for a sequel to be made for Interview With the Vampire, Queen of the Damned was well worth the wait. Understandably, license was taken with this film to make it more commercially appealing to the general audience, but it does capture all the atmosphere and uniqueness of Anne Rice's novels. Stuart Townsend was amazing as Lestat. This film is a must see...let's just hope it doesn't take another decade for the next installment in The Vampire Chronicles to reach the silver screen!
Lestat is most certainly an antagonist to Louis in INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE. In QUEEN OF THE DAMNED, Lestat becomes the protagonist. Vampires in literature, while relentless in their vicious and sadistic pursuit of blood, are moving more often into the realm of heroism. Television shows (Angel, Forever Knight, Kindred: the Embraced) affirm this, and films are beginning to tell such stories. The definition of a hero is one who embodies the most prized values of a culture. In some ways, vampires embody (if only on the metaphorical level) modern values. They are seductive and provocative, often portrayed has highly erotic, but they indulge themselves without consequences. The vampires of the modern world, such as Lestat, act with great freedom. Many of their weaknesses from earlier works of fiction are removed: allergy to garlic, fear of crosses and running water, death by a stake in the heart. Akasha, and for a short time Lestat, is even immune to sunlight. If you want to see an interesting and fun vampire movie, QUEEN OF THE DAMNED is at least worth a look. This film, along with INTERVIEW, tell tales that parallel the rise of the modern, democratic world. Freedom ironically comes at a high price, and the concept of immortality for either a person or a society is nearly impossible to bear. You'll have to decide for yourself if you consider Lestat a true ''hero.'' For me, I say that Anne Rice and the filmmakers did a fantastic job of creating a believable character, who is probably not a ''hero'' by traditional definition. He is, however, a true protagonist -- someone who struggles for or against something with whom we can sympathize. Lestat struggles for power, while simultaneously struggling against his inner savagery. Conflict is the fuel of a good story, and the conflicts shown in QUEEN OF THE DAMNED are both though-provoking and entertaining.