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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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.
A well made and carefully developed film and was great to watch from beginning to end. Each actor was the perfect individual for the role they portrayed and did not hold back at all. Aaliyah was the perfect actress for the role as Queen Akasha and I loved every moment of her acting. This movie is recommended to anyone who likes to watch vampire films.
The book was kind of different from the movie, but it was both GREAT! The movie was awesome because of it's soundtrack and ofcourse, let's not forget our beautiful Lestat the rocker played by Stuart Townsend. I think he gave Lestat a new persona, which I can't say is bad -- it was actually HOT! Tom Cruise was so great, but _this_ Lestat was VERY different, and I must say, he rocked in the movie! I reccomend the book AND the movie to all of the vampire lovers out there!
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.
There are certain truth's in a revolving pop-culture world. For example, to destroy the integrity of the work to gather dollars from the masses. And the term ''sold out'' or ''sell out'' can apply to this particular type of blatant irresponsibility. It was once understood that Anne Rice challenged the move to let Tom Cruise play her beloved Lestat; a move that proved to be an exceptional one. What happened this go-around? Stuart Townsend doesn't have the range, versatility, or skill of an accomplished actor like Cruise who redefines ''performance'' and ''believability'' to his characters. Cruise also has the perfectionism to study both the script and the book to set a foundation for the character. Townsend makes a mockery of Lestat from the very beginning and gives the feel of a ''Crow: City of Angels'' feel. Maybe he researched Vincent Perez's character, or he took some pointers from the supporting actor who plays Marius. Either way, the integrity of Lestat is destroyed. Aaliyah is another example of miscasting. While you sit through this movie, one tends to wonder whether Anne Rice has any creative control over her works. As an author, it should be your sworn duty to protect that which you have labored, regardless of the dollar signs flashing from studio executives. I'm sure that cult enthusiasts will label this movie as a high point, due mainly to setting and Gothic tone of the movie in the same way they flocked to ''The Crow'' and ''Blade'' sequels. Bear in mind, however, that the pop attitude to this film has left the story high and dry. It's a long way off from the book and the engrossing, engaging, and exciting (the 3 E's which every storyteller should adhere to) ''Interview with the Vampire.'' In layman's terms: Leonard Nimoy was Mr. Spock, William Shatner was Captain Kirk...get me? Cruise, Pitt, and Slater pulled off a film of a lifetime with the first one, now Justin Timberlake is Mr. Spock and Freddie Prinze Jr. is Captain Kirk. Robert Eldridge is the author of: ''Amber Spirit: Poems & Stories'' (Hats Off Books, 2001) and the dark poetic book, ''Offbeat'' (Writers Club Press, 2002.)
although this movie was good in itself, it didn't stay close to the book at all. lestat was NOT made by Marius and vampires do Not fly!! The movie was good though and stuart Townsend was gorgeous!!! Although I think Tom Cruise did a better job portrayting Lestat. At least he was Blonde! I'm a huge Lestat fan and i think that if Lestat was blonde and not in love with Jesse the movie would have been better.
the movie was great....if only aaliyah could c what a great film she had made... all i can say is AALIYAH was great in the movie...
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.
I have my own colection of vampire movie s and I cant wiat till I can buy this one. I was moved an I beleve in the fanticy of vampires being out there and I say this is the best that I have seen yet great job and hope to see more.
Lets break this down. The story line of the movie may have been similar to that of the book, but the idea and theory were not present in the film. Each character holds a special meaning in every Anne Rice book, and when the movie was made each character lost that meaning, and took on minor rolls. We have Townsend as Lestat, but not the Anne Rice Lestat, but that of the director's. If Anne would have been more like J.K. Rowling in her own making of Harry Potter and had total control of the movie story line, and character planning we would have viewed a much better movie. We don't call her the Queen of Vampire novels for any reason. No one else can boil a story as she does with thangs, and romance. And that is my two cents.
I'm a die hard Rice fan and have been for too long to admit - that said - o.k. so the movie didn't exactly stick to the books - it's still a great movie. I'm not sure about Marius making LeStat instead of Magnus, but considering that Magnus jumps into a fire, what, an hour later - who can blame the writers for changing the story a little for a movie. Plus, I liked how Marius was played so it was all good by me. I thought that Stuart Townsend beat Tom Cruise hands down in the portrayal of LeStat. So in all, I have to give this movie two big thumbs up and say that if you're an Anne Rice fan - try to pretend that you had never read the books...or at least some parts of the books and just enjoy. It's worth it.
I love the Vampire Chronicles. They are superior books and I was really looking forward to this movie. When I did see the movie I have to admit, I was confused. The movie is absolutely nothing like the book. The only thing the same as the books was the names. I do like the movie, though. Stuart Townsend is gorgeous, and the other characters were likeable, too. If the movie had followed the book a little more, and not butchered the story line, like having Marius make Lestat a vampire, I¿d probably like it more. Now, the only way I can enjoy the movie is if I forget that it¿s supposed to be the same story as the book. If I don¿t forget I spend the whole movie saying: ¿That¿s not how it happened, that¿s wrong.¿ If you haven¿t read the book and like vampire movies, this is a good movie for you, but if you¿ve read the book and are easily angered, this movie¿s not for you. I give it three stars because not even Stuart Townsend¿s looks could make me forget about the book.
Ahem, it may not be like the book which i have not read yet, i just got the first book in the chronicles, but Stuart Townsend is a god. he had lestat's overall sexyness. he really captured the character of lestat. Even though lestat's looks was changed cause Stuart didn't look good as a blonde i still think he did a wonderful job. i mean come on, Tom Cruise as lestat in QOTD!? no way! he is oooooold! he has no sexyness! i really liked the way stuart walked around almost all the end of the movie with no shirt on. it really gives you something to drool at. i would never in my life even think about drooling over Cruise. any way...Aliyaah,or however her name is spelled, did a great job as Akasha....personally akasha looks better as a dark-skinned, egyptian with green eyes...not some white chick with black hair and black eyes. thats just plain creepy...
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!!!.
this was great sci-fi movie and i think aaliyah did a great job..and the concept of the movie was great RIP.....AALIYAH