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Queen of the Damned (2002)

Queen of the Damned



Critic Consensus: A muddled and campy MTV-styled vampire movie with lots of eye candy and bad accents.

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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 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. ~ Karl Williams, Rovimore
Rating: R (for vampire violence)
Genre: Horror
Directed By: ,
Written By: Giulio Petroni, Scott Abbott, Michael Petroni, Michael Rymer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 27, 2002
Box Office: $30.3M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


as Akasha
Marguerite Moreau
as Jesse Reeves
Paul McGann
as David Talbot
Lena Olin
as Maharet
Bruce Spence
as Khayman
Richael Tanner
as Young Jesse
Pip Mushin
as Guy being sucked
Christopher Kirby
as New York Vampire
Miguel Ayesa
as New York Vampire
Joe Manning
as New York Vampire
Kat Rhodes
as Vampire Girl
Christopher Connelly
as Mortal Yuppie
John Buckley
as French Journalist
Renee de Bondt
as Vampire Girl sucking
Renee Quast
as Vampire Girl sucking
Dan Zizys
as Vampire doorman
Tayler Kane
as Club Vampire
Imogen Annesley
as Club Vampire
Daniel Schlusser
as Club Vampire
Rowland S. Howard
as Vampire Guitarist
Hugo Race
as Vampire Bass Player
Robin Casinader
as Vampire Pianist
Aimee Nash
as Vampire Singer
Nicole Fantl
as London Groupie
Alyssa McClelland
as London Groupie
Jo Buckley
as French Journalist
Dino Marnika
as Music Journalist
Kirsty Meares
as Lifestyle journalist
Bruce Myles
as Talamascan
Marg Downey
as Talamascan
John Dicks
as Talamascan
Fouad Harraka
as Greek Father
Mandie Vieira
as Greek Violin Player
Bobby Bright
as Sound Engineer
Antonios Greige
as Camel Driver
Darren Wilson
as Sound Engineer
Russell Kiefel
as Fire Marshall
Nandila Gaskell
as West Indian Girl
Matthew Hassall
as Lestat's Vilonlinist...
Nalishebo Gaskell
as West Indian Girl
Tamasin Ramsey
as Woman Victim
Michael Azria
as VW Driver
Chris Kirby
as New York Vampires
Arroyn Lloyd
as VW Passenger
Arrowyn Lloyd
as VW Passenger
Antonias Greige
as Camel Driver
Enrico Mammerella
as Greek fisherman
Nicki Paull
as Flight Attendant
Franklyn Ajaye
as French Dealer
Duncan Myers
as Rent Boy
Twapa Kapote
as Prostitute
Ron Bingham
as Businessman
Strawberry Fields
as Girl with businessma...
Antony Neate
as Euro Trash Vampire
Bob Halsall
as Businessman with Gir...
Anthony Neate
as Euro Trash Vampire
Karoline Hohlweg
as Euro Trash Vampire
Nicola Paull
as Flight Attendant
Rochelle Ward
as Euro Trash Vampire
Anni Finsterer
as Euro Trash Vampire
Tamasin Ramsay
as Woman Victim
Alistair Reid
as Euro Trash Vampire
Suzi Dougherty
as Pale-Faced Vampire
Pia Miranda
as Jesse's Roommate
Simon Wilton
as Vampire in the park
Enrico Mammarella
as Greek Fisherman
Nick Gill
as Band Member
Becky Thomas
as Band Member
Darren Wilson (IX)
as Sound Engineer
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Critic Reviews for Queen of the Damned

All Critics (130) | Top Critics (34)

Michael Rymer stages high-tech sequences combining gore, romance, and gothy music, and he has enough conviction to make what could have been very silly strangely provocative.

Full Review… | October 20, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It isn't great entertainment or camp, but pic sets its ambitions so low, it can't help partially delivering on them.

Full Review… | September 15, 2008
Top Critic

The film is vampire roadkill.

August 14, 2007
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Rice's complex, sprawling novel is rendered virtually incomprehensible by a combination of lacklustre direction, risible dialogue and shoddy effects.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Screenwriters Scott Abbott and Michael Petroni have turned Rice's complex Akasha into a cartoon monster.

Full Review… | January 21, 2003
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

It's mainly an excuse for director Michael Rymer to unleash his arsenal of flashy, MTV-type visuals and Moulin Rouge costume designer Angus Strathie to play dress-up.

Full Review… | February 8, 2014
Georgia Straight

Audience Reviews for Queen of the Damned


Cannot understand why my fellow vampire lovers raved about this movie. It's so bad. The special effects, music, acting, story, and uh, well almost everything about it was bad. The only thing slightly redeeming it, is the mood it creates. Unfortunately there isn't a good story to follow when you get into it. I'm sure the book was a lot better.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Queen of the Damned is a terrible vampire film based on the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. As a fan of vampire films, I thought that this film simply a missed opportunity to create something good. The film fails on so many levels. The cast is horrible and the plot is unimpressive. As a vampire film, Queen of the Damned is one of the worst that I've seen. This had the potential of being a great horror flick, unfortunately the film just doesn't deliver. The plot is poorly constructed and uninteresting Aaliyah is horrible in the lead, and she's not really convincing in the role. As a matter of fact she really can't act.. The film isn't effective as a horror film, and definitely isn't as memorable as so many other vampire films that came before it. Director Michael Rymer's directing is sloppy, and the end product is a film that is dull, boring, silly and overall a waste of time. Queen of the damned had the potential of being a great film, however due to a bad script, bad cast and bad directing, this film never does succeed at being a good vampire flick. The only thing that the film succeeds at doing is being a forgettable vampire film. As a whole, this film just doesn't cut it, and offers nothing new to the genre. This an entirely forgettable film that is simply put a waste of time. If you enjoy a good vampire film, you won't find it here. This film is awful.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


A totally different type of Vampire film to The interview with the Vampire. It uses the same character Lestat from the first, who now awakes in current times, and decides to become a rock star....much to the anger of many other Vampires. It was an ok film, pity it didn't have a better story, or bigger budget. The effects are ok, the most enjoyable part was learning some history of Lestat's character. Overall not bad if you like Vampire films but a poor follow on from the first film.

Dean King

Super Reviewer

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