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Queen of the Damned (2002)

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The vampire Lestat becomes a rock star whose music wakes up the queen of all vampires.


Michael Rymer


Anne Rice (novels), Scott Abbott (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaliyah ... Queen Akasha
Stuart Townsend ... Lestat
Marguerite Moreau ... Jesse
Vincent Perez ... Marius
Paul McGann ... David Talbot
Lena Olin ... Maharet
Christian Manon Christian Manon ... Mael
Claudia Black ... Pandora
Bruce Spence ... Khayman
Matthew Newton ... Armand
Tiriel Mora ... Roger
Megan Cooper Megan Cooper ... Maudy (as Megan Dorman)
Johnathan Devoy Johnathan Devoy ... James
Robert Farnham ... Alex
Conrad Standish Conrad Standish ... T. C.


After many years of sleeping in his coffin, the vampire Lestat awakens only to find that the world has changed and he wants to be a part of it. He gathers a following and becomes a rock star only to find that his music awakens the ancient Queen Akasha and she wants him to become her king... Written by Andrew Main

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


This time there are no interviews. See more »


Drama | Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for vampire violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Warner Bros.


USA | Australia



Release Date:

22 February 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anne Rice's Queen of the Damned See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The concert scenes are set in Death Valley, California, but were actually filmed in Werribee, Australia. See more »


While in the vampire bar, the woman playing the drums is not playing the same song, or the same rhythm. See more »


[first lines]
Lestat: [voiceover] There comes a time for every vampire when the idea of eternity becomes momentarily unbearable. Living in the shadows, feeding in the darkness with only your own company to keep, rots into a solitary, hollow existence. Immortality seems like a good idea, until you realize you're going to spend it alone. So I went to sleep, hoping that the sounds of the passing eras would fade out, and a sort of death might happen. But as I lay there, the world didn't sound like the place ...
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Crazy Credits

Dedicated to Aaliyah Dana Haughton 1979 - 2001 See more »


Referenced in Ti piace Hitchcock? (2005) See more »


Stay Down
Written by Sunny Phillips and Christian
Performed by Candyhateful
Courtesy of Church City Nine Records
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Wow, what a massive step down from Interview With The Vampire.
20 May 2012 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Interview With The Vampire dealt with the anguish that goes hand in hand with becoming a vamp. In contrast, Queen Of The Damned panders to that goth/emo fantasy where it is really cool to be an immortal bloodsucker, likening it to the life of a rock star with millions of adoring fans. This approach mightn't be all that bad, if only Queen Of The Damned didn't do it all in such a lame and predictable manner.

Stuart Townsend takes over the character of Lestat from Tom Cruise and delivers a weak central performance lacking the star power and charisma vital for the role; his pale boyish looks would certainly not earn him the respect of hardcore nu-metal fans. As ineffectual as Townsend's turn as Lestat is, however, it is nowhere near the worst thing about the film: the pacing is dreadfully slow, the dialogue is dreary, the direction lacks the sumptuous detail and elegance that Neil Jordan gave Interview, and the less said about Aaliyah's awful performance as Akasha the better (suffice to say that even the way she walked annoyed the hell out of me).

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