Queen of the Damned

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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...
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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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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
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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: 9/18/2012
  • UPC: 883929245567
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Presentation: Remastered
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 6,249

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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  • Posted April 13, 2013

    Akasha Wow!

    Akasha Wow!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2012

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    i luv it ! .. i have it on dvd & i watch it like 3 times a

    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 !

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  • Posted February 27, 2012

    I love this movie!!!

    Some of ya might not like this movie but i love it from beginning to end and has a great soundtrack too!!

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  • Posted December 7, 2011

    So not true to the Novel

    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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A-MA-ZINGGGGGGG

    Wow. I love this move. Besides the fact that Jesse is very annoying throughout the movie. She sort of changes to be with Lestat which i find totally dumb for her to do (and he notices). She stalks him a lot. Lestat on the other hand is what MADE the movie. I haven't read the book, which is probably why i find this movie so amazing. I like how they used Korn and Disturbed (i believe) as Lestat's singing voice. It's quit different how the queen is beautiful and has color despite the fact that she's a vampire and most people would imagine her to be pale. This movie was way different than all the other vampire movies and is a lot better than twilight. BUT warning. If your looking forward to the queen coming in the beginning of the movie... you are in for a wait.
    One thing I'd like to add is... the movie seems to be wrong when it comes to the name. I haven't read any of the books and This was the first movie i've seen... but is it jsut me or is Queen of the Damned... The Vampire Lestat? I just read what the vampire Lestat is about and it seems to me that that book is this movie.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    This movie was bad

    WHen i first watched this movie, i'm not gonna lie i loved it i thought it was amazing. Just this past year i have read the book,and let me tell you the movie was nothing like the book the book is the best vamprie book i have ever read. They changed so much like made Marius turned Lestat into a vampire what the crap, Magnus was the one who turned him. IN the movie they killed off Pandora and i think that might have been Khayman not sure if it was Khayman, but if Pandora is dead how the h*ll is there going to be a book called Pandora. I'm really shocked that anne didn't get that upset from this poorly done adaptation of her amazing book. The only part i liked in this book was Stewart Townsend but he aint even good looking enough to have made this movie any better then what it was.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I wish i could rate ZERO

    WOW what a waste of time... sorry ppl if you are going to make a movie based on a book DO IT RIGHT.. it's like taking Mein Kampf and making it into a romantic comedy. Lestat turned into a fool and sorry just because aaliyah died doesnt make it any better, she did such a bad job. I saw an Interview with Anne Rice and she herself said she was dissapointed with the movie... dont you remember interview when she said Tom would make a horrible Lestat... and he was the best so far.... so all in all if you are looking for crap then watch, life you are looking for entertainment then read the book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best vampire movie i have ever seen!!!

    This movie is the best!!! who cares if it doesnt follow the book! I love Anne Rice and i have read this book and I think that both are really great. but dont hate this movie because it doesnt follow the book! yes they changed thins, but they made it more relateble towards the new days with what kind of music we listen to how we act and dress. But it gave its points on how and why lestat was woken up, how he becomes famous, how he pretty much tells the secret of vampires, and how he falls in love with Akasha. And Staurt Townsend is so hott!! And that really shows the sexuality of vampires which is a main thing with vampires.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sucky . . . even by vampire standards

    One of the worst adaptations of a book that I've ever seen. The only think this movie gets right are the characters names . . . which are, for the most part, mispronounced. Do yourself a big, big favor - read the AMAZING novel by Anne Rice of the same name. Or go rent Interview with the Vampire and get a proper feel of what The Vampire Chronicles are all about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    addicted

    this is a great movie its so on the edge and thrilling it has taken me a while to figure out the name of this movie i went crazy over it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    so what?!

    so what if the movie is nothing like the book? anne rice didn't make a screenplay and i watched this movie not to read a book...if you like the book, then just read...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this moVie roCks mY socKs

    this is absolutely the best movie ever made, the music rocks the whole thing is really well made

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HORRIBLE

    I absolutely loved the book - Lestat is my hero. he is by far the most inriguing vampire, but this portrayal of him was pathetic. Interview with the Vampire was excellent (except Antionio Banderas, he ruined Armand) and if your looking for a decent vamp movie, thats it. he wasnt even blond in this one (and, yes, when it comes to Lestat, that matters). i know its cliche, but the book was much, much better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pitiful

    This movie was horrible. Nothing like the book! Horrible acting! The guy they chose for Lestat was terrible. He portrayed none of the emotional depth of the Lestat of the book. Overall this movie is trash.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    No other vampire movie could compare

    This movie is absolutely the best vampire movie ever. I have not read the book, but I've seen the movie itself a million times. I highly reccomend it! It's one of my favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVED IT!!!!!!

    Look even though it did not follow the book the fact is that the movie is great. Who cares if Lestat is not blond, who cares if Akasha is a different skin color and who cares of Louis is not in the book . I mean thats not important. The important thing is that the movie it self is OUTSTANDING.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I loved this movie!!!!

    This is a great movie!! I loved it! Even though it doesnt follow the book all that well, i still thought it was great. Stuart Townsend did an awesome job, not to mention that he's absolutly gorgeous! Anyone who likes Vampire movies, you'll love this!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not like the book

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Vampire film not to be missed.

    Even though the movie did not follow Anne Rice's book to the letter I still loved this movie. Stuart Townsend was so hot in this movie. I do wish that the ancients would have had more or a role in the film. Here they all were and you did not know any of them except Maharet. Louis and Lestat's mother Gabrielle were completely eliminated from this and that was a grave error by the filmakers. I love the soundtrack. I watch this movie over and over and never get tired of it.

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