Queen of the Damned

Queen of the Damned

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Director: Paul Goldman, Michael Rymer

Cast: Aaliyah, Stuart Townsend


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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


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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Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Sex, blood, and rock 'n' roll reign in Queen of the Damned, a stylish adaptation of books two and three in Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles series. Trading in the Southern Gothic of Interview with the Vampire, the first Rice horror adaptation, for a modern-day story, Queen follows the vampire Lestat (Stuart Townsend) as he is roused from a centuries-long hibernation to become a rock star -- only to awaken an ancient and dangerous Egyptian vampire queen Akasha (Aaliyah). Extensive flashbacks tell of Lestat's previous nascence as a vampire, and a serious love story unfolds between him and an admiring mortal (Marguerite Moreau). Nothing is understated in Queen of the Damned: Costumes, makeup, and sets are flamboyantly gothic; tattoos and body-piercings abound. But the real fun is watching Lestat as a contemporary idol, from his slickly produced music videos to a blow-out concert in Death Valley. Townsend dons the rock-star mantle rather well, strutting across the stage with a poise fueled by fame and adulation. Meanwhile, Aaliyah handles her role with real confidence, dominating her scenes with an exotic erotica. Fans of Rice's novels may find the books' elaborately conceived mythology a bit simplified, but what remains is faithful to the spirit of the author's vision. The result is a film that indulges in dark, sexy fantasies with a kind of unabashed glee that is hard to resist.
All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Although Interview With the Vampire is one of Anne Rice's most compelling novels and Queen of the Damned one of her most scattershot, this film adaptation of the latter still manages to be more entertaining by a factor of ten than Neil Jordan's hit version of the earlier book. That's because director/co-writer Michael Rymer, free from the demands of famous marquee names, manages to inject the material with a bit of self-conscious wit instead of translating Rice's mannered prose into dreary hand-wringing. With the late Aaliyah vamping and camping it up as ancient vampire queen Akasha and Stuart Townsend nailing Lestat de Lioncourt's mocking eyes and feline grace (if not his hair color), the film offers a surfeit of supernatural glamour. It helps that the script is an amalgam of Queen of the Damned and The Vampire Lestat, the much better book that preceded it in the series. Large and intriguing chunks of both novels had to be cut or compressed, but what remains is a fairly gripping yarn with just a few key characters, including Marius, an ancient Roman vampire played with sensual intensity by Vincent Perez. Unfortunately, Marguerite Moreau proves to be the cast's weakest link in the pivotal part of the film's lone human protagonist. In a succession of gothic costumes cheesy enough to rival the wardrobe of Alyson Hannigan's resident Wiccan on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Moreau drains several scenes of their pulpy vigor. But Townsend, Aaliyah, and Perez light up the screen, thanks, in part, to the striking set design, costumes, and special effects. Korn's Jonathan Davis may not have been every Rice fan's first choice to provide the music for the film's vampire-turned-rock-star setup, but the five songs he contributed are a lot more appropriate than the Guns N' Roses track that graced Interview. As for the climactic supernatural showdown, it may not be faithful to the source material, but it's a lot of fun. Aaliyah's tragic death may have lent the film's plot a morbid irony, but her charismatic performance helps make Queen of the Damned a guilty pleasure.

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Special Features

Aaliyah remembered pays tribute to the beloved star; 2 documentaries: Creating the Vampires and The Music of Lestat; Commentary with director Michael Rymer, producer Jorge Saralegui and composer Richard Gibbs; 13 additional scenes; Gag reel; 3 full-length Lestat music videos; Static X cold music video; Extended slept so long and not meant for me concert sequences

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Aaliyah Queen Akasha
Stuart Townsend Lestat
Vincent Perez Marius
Paul McGann David Talbot
Marguerite Moreau Jesse Reeves
Lena Olin Maharet
Christian Manon Mael
Claudia Black Pandora
Bruce Spence Khayman
Franklyn Ajaye French Dealer
Imogen Annesley Club Vampire
Christopher Connelly Mortal Yuppie
John Dicks Talamascans
Bob Farnham Alex
Russell Kiefel Fire Marshall
Pip Mushin Guy being sucked
Bruce Myles Talamascan
Hugo Race Vampire Bass Player
Alistair Reid Euro Trash Vampire
Bobby Bright Sound Engineer
John Buckley French Journalist
Humphrey Bower Nigel
Suzi Dougherty Pale Faced Vampire
Tayler Kane Club Vampire
Tiriel Mora Roger
Anni Finsterer Euro Trash Vampire
Dino Marnika Music Journalist
Peter Olsen Enkil
Jonathan Davis Scalper
Andrew L. Urban Himself
Serena Altschul Herself
Miguel Ayesa New York Vampires
Michael Azria VW Driver
Ron Bingham Businessman
Robin Casinader Vampire Pianist
Johnathan Deboy James
Megan Dorman Maudy
Marg Downey Talamascan
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
Twapa Kapote Prostitute
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
Matthew Newton Armand
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
Conrad Standish T.C.
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
Richard Gibbs Conductor

Technical Credits
Paul Goldman Director
Michael Rymer Director,Screenwriter
Scott Abbott Screenwriter
Greg Apps Casting
Su Armstrong Executive Producer
Ian Baker Cinematographer
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
Dany Cooper Editor
Brian Cox Special Effects Supervisor
Sean S. Cunningham Animator
David Lee Sound Mixer
Rich Dickerson Musical Direction/Supervision
Fiona Donovan Set Decoration/Design
Channing Dungey Co-producer
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
Sophie Leclerc Producer
Sue Mackay Production Manager
Leigh Mackenzie Camera Operator
Andrew Mason Executive Producer
Bob McCarron Makeup Special Effects
Tom Nursey Art Director
Kylie O'Toole Makeup
Michael Petroni Screenwriter
Yolande Robertson Costumes/Costume Designer
Martin Rusard Makeup Special Effects
Kristy Sager Casting
Jorge Saralegui Producer
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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Queen of the Damned 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 118 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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Akasha Wow!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 !
MidnightCat90 More than 1 year ago
Some of ya might not like this movie but i love it from beginning to end and has a great soundtrack too!!
dixr1 More than 1 year ago
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.
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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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.