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Queen Of The Damned

AKA's: Anne Rice's Queen Of The Damned / Königin Der Verdammten / Queen Of The Vampire, The / Rainha Dos Condenados, A / Rainha Dos Malditos, A / Regina Dei Dannati, La / Reina De Los Condenados, La / Reine Des Damnes, La
Interview With The Vampire II (working title)

Release date: 2002 USA
Running time: 101' (cover 101') - Source: DVD (RC 1/NTSC)
97' (cover 98') - Source: DVD (RC 2/PAL)
Rating: Germ.: 16; UK: 15; US: R
Main Crew: Director: Michael Rymer (In Too Deep 1999; Angel Baby 1995)
Producer: Warner Bros. / Village Roadshow Pictures / NPV Entertainment / Material
Score: Richard Gibbs / Jonathan Davis
Writer: Scott Abott / Michael Petroni / based on characters by Anne Rice
Director of photography: Ian Baker


Summary: Legendary Vampire Lestat (Stuart Townsend) has risen from a decades-long slumber, determined to step out into the light. No longer content with being banished to the shadows, moving among mortals who never truly see him for what he is, Lestat has reinvented himself as the closest thing to a god on Earth: a rock star.
The intoxicating lure of his music has snaked its way around the globe, ultimately finding the ear of the slumbering ancient Queen Akasha (Aalyah) in her crypt beneath the Arctic ice. Mother of all Vampires, Akasha has been resting for centuries, waiting for the right time to rise again and seize dominion over the world. Lestat's music is the revelation she has been waiting for, and she desires that he rules beside her.
But can Akasha be stopped? Her malevolent power may be too great for even the most ancient of the immortal Vampires to combat - she created them, and their survival depends on her own.
After all, Akasha is used to getting everything she wants... and all she wants is Hell on Earth.

Our Ranking

short review:

Is this movie butt-ugly bad? Or is it just another great vampire tale? That depends on your point of view. If you're a fan of Anne Rice's novels, you surely will hate the film: too much is left or changed, and the magic of the books (it's actually a blending of two of her books: "The Vampire Lestat" and "The Queen Of The Damned") is missing. But that left aside, if only watched as another vampire film, it is great: I love the music and the idea of a vampire-rockstar, the mood is dark as it should be, and Akasha is really a powerful and merciless Queen. OK, Tom Cruise was the better Lestat, but Stuart Townsend is perfect for the role of the rockstar!
Don't think about the books, just watch this film as some cool new story idea, and you'll get your fun out of it!

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