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Queen of the Damned (2002)

Queen of the Damned


Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 129
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 107

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

Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 30

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


Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 259,172


Movie Info

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 … More

R (for vampire violence)
Directed By:
Written By:
Scott Abbott , Giulio Petroni
In Theaters:
Aug 27, 2002
Box Office:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Queen of the Damned

All Critics (130) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (107) | DVD (23)

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

Queen of the Damned leaves us puzzled as to why the term 'damned' applies at all, when vampirism is depicted as so cool, fashion-savvy and glamorous.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
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

It's difficult to make a truly boring vampire picture, but the folks behind this draggy adaptation of Anne Rice's bestsellers The Vampire Lestat and The Queen of the Damned have done just that.

Full Review… | September 26, 2012
Creative Loafing

Aaliyah is gorgeous, but that doesn't save the film's tedious pacing, and cheesy atmosphere in the end.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Aaliyah makes a brief but memorable posthumous appearance about an hour into the nearly incoherent proceedings, which are riddled with unintentional guffaws.

Full Review… | August 7, 2008
Sacramento News & Review

Whatever life there is to the movie is what [Aaliyah] brings to it.

Full Review… | September 22, 2007

Perhaps the sole reason to see this film is to pay final tribute to Aaliyah. Too bad it isn't a better movie.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
3BlackChicks Review

Wishy-washy and hampered by cliche, sitting through this is like enduring a vampire life: it's one long wait for the end.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
Empire Magazine

Overall this horror picture, based on Rice's novel, is no good, but lead stuart Townsend gives a far more compelling (and properly campy) performance than Tom Cruise did as Lestat in the high-profile companion piece, Interview With the Vampire.

Full Review… | December 20, 2006

Queen of the Damned is not a good film, but it's definitely a watchable one.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

Tom Cruise had the good sense to stay away from reprising his role of Lestat in this film.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005

Aaliyah steals the show as a villainous vampiric vixen in an otherwise ludicrous waste of a story.

January 15, 2004
Radio Free Entertainment

This film should have stayed in its coffin and never seen the light of day.

Full Review… | January 7, 2004
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

...the film's disjointed narrative makes it near impossible to ever become completely engrossed.

Full Review… | November 30, 2003
Reel Film Reviews

Anne Rice goes heavy metal in Hollywood's latest installment of bloodsucker cinema.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

For a horror film that is supposed to have thrills and lots of gore, one is left feeling they went to see a comedy for all the nonsense there is.

Full Review… | May 13, 2003

Vapid, disjointed drivel.

Full Review… | April 5, 2003
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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 Verser

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.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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 !

Super Reviewer

Starring: Mr. "the crow part 2" aaaaaand Ms. hot black but not totally black singer chick who died in that awful plane crash but makes up for being a dead person by playing a dead vampire and not very well but its ok cause shes only in the film for the last ten minutes and doesn't say much other than, "bow to me and shit" and even if she was in the movie the whole time it wouldn't matter cause her audience can't recognize good line-reading but what they do know is good music which is why we have performing all the songs for the film... the guy from Korn!

Coxxie Mild Sauce

Super Reviewer

Queen of the Damned Quotes

David Talbot: He made Lestat. Jesse Reeves: How do you know? David Talbot: I have Lestat's journal. Jesse Reeves: I wanna see it. David Talbot: Only if you promise never to go to that place again.
– Submitted by Prissy E (21 months ago)
Marius: Elvis? Lestat: Elvis, yes. Marius: Your bigger than he is now.
– Submitted by Prissy E (21 months ago)
Lestat: Had a king? Queen Akasha: He is no more. Now you are my consort.
– Submitted by Prissy E (21 months ago)

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