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 hisSee more details below

Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2012
UPC:
0883929245567
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Time:
1:41:00
Sales rank:
20,910

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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