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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.

Director:

Michael Rymer

Writers:

Anne Rice (novels), Scott Abbott (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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 ... 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.
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Storyline

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

Taglines:

The Mother Of All Vampires See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for vampire violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anne Rice's Queen of the Damned See more »

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Halle Berry, Jada Pinkett Smith, Samantha Mumba, Jenna Dewan, Rosario Dawson, Vivica A. Fox, and Vanessa Williams were rumored to be taking the role of Queen Akasha before Aaliyah was cast. See more »

Goofs

Before Lestat takes his 'first' drink from Marius, while the blood (or whatever makeup or drink they used) is dripping on his chin, Lestat opens his mouth. When he does this you can clearly see that his mouth is already full of blood (or juice). See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Alternate Versions

DVD release includes full unedited versions of Lestat's music videos for "Redeemer," "Forsaken" and "System", and Lestat's full concert performances for "Not Meant For Me" and "Slept So Long". DVD also features deleted scenes:
  • "Original Opening Sequence with Timelapse" - The idea of this opening scene was to show the passing of the decades to which Lestat slept. However, the production team was not pleased with the prelimenary visuals created for the scene, and ultimately, decided to skip the scene altogether.
  • "Original Jesse Dream Sequence and Meeting Roommate on the Street" - Jesse's encounter with a vampire in her dream was cut due to the fact that it raised too many questions as to wether Jesse herself was a vampire. The roommate scene, featuring Pia Miranda, came right after she watched Lestat on MTV, and before the first visit to the Admiral's Arms. It was deemed expendable.
  • "Marius talks with Lestat on the Beach" - The scene was trimmed to improve pacing. In it Marius tells Lestat that what keeps him going is seeing what human beings are going to do next.
  • "Jesse goes to Admiral's Arms #1" - The filmmakers shot a scene where Jesse visits the Admiral's Arms prior to her Talamasca presentation, but cut for pacing purposes. In it we just see Jesse getting off the subway and then walking down a dark alley towards the Admiral's Arms. Footage of vampires entering the Admiral's Arms is used later in the film when Jesse returns for a second visit.
  • "Band Plays in Admiral's Arms" - The instrumentalists are a who's who of Australian alternative rock. Aimee Nash is a rising young actress and singer. Robin Casinader composed the music. Although the filmmakers loved every second of the footage, they knew they couldn't show much of it in the movie, again because of pacing and timing.
  • "Groupies with 'Garlic' End" - This scene was cut because the garlic joke was thought to be tonally off. In it, after Lestat's manager, Roger, brings him two groupies Lestat discovers garlic in Roger's coat pocket.
  • "Jesse on Plane, Lestat in L.A. Mansion, Jesse Dreams of Akasha, Band Watching Videos" - The filmmaker's dropped the scene of Jesse's flight to Los Angeles because they weren't satisfied with the shock dream, featuring Akasha's attack on Jesse. Meanwhile, the scene with the band was trimmed because the filmmakers decided it didn't make much sense to dwell on them here.
  • "The Ancients Rise" - The scene was originally part of Lestat's satellite dish montage. It was cut as a part of the overall de-emphasis of the Ancients.
  • "Ancients at Hollywood Sign" - The Ancients storyline was reduced during the course of production because filmmakers felt that there were too many conflicting vampire agendas in the movie. In the final cut of the film, the Ancients are more in the background, and simply serve as allies of Maharet and Marius. In this scene we are introduced to Pandora, Armand, Mael, Khayman and Maharet as they first approach Marius next to the Hollywood sign, and we are given some insight into their relationships with each other. In this scene we hear a line that was used in the trailers, Khayman says "Akasha takes pleasure in only one thing: Destroying life."
  • "Akasha Dances" - Basically an extended version of the scene where Akasha kills all the vampires at the Admiral's Arms. Despite the fact that the filmmakers loved every second of Akasha's original dance as well as her closing words to Lestat, this scene was trimmed to heighten tension. In this scene Akasha speaks the famous line which was used in the trailers, "Lestat. Come out, come out, wherever you are."
  • "L.A. Mansion, Jesse Talks with Lestat, Extended Flying Sequence" - The filmmakers felt the dialogue between Jesse and Lestat was unnecessarily long, and tightened it considerably by cutting out a part where Jesse tells Lestat about her dreams. However, they regret trimming the flying sequence, as it establishes a suitably romantic mood.
  • "Jesse Writes her Aunt and Goes to the Concert" - Originally, Jesse was abducted by Mael at Griffith Park after her encounter with Lestat, and taken to Maharet. After their conversation, Jesse writes a farewell note, and goes to the concert. The scene where Jesse first meets up with Maharet now plays after the concert. After Jesse writes the note she goes out into a desert highway and hitches a ride with some friendly goths on their way to Lestat's concert.
  • "Band Backstage at Concert, Jesse Walks Through Crowd, Ancients Watch" An extended version of the scene where Jesse arrives at the concert where we see the band hanging out backstage as the Ancients arrive in search of Jesse. As the Ancients watch the partying concert-goers, Khayman notes "Akasha will not be able to resist this."
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Connections

Spoofed in Bloodborn (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Redeemer
Written and Produced by Jonathan Davis and Richard Gibbs
Performed by Jonathan Davis and Marilyn Manson
Double Violin and Vocal Improvisation by Shenkar
Jonathan Davis appears courtesy of Epic Records
Shankar appears courtesy of 15 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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