Queen of the Damned 2002

Queen of the Damned

Critics Consensus

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

17%

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Follows the legendary vampire Lestat (Stuart Townsend), who has reinvented himself as a rock star in the contemporary American music scene. His music wakes Akasha (Aaliyah), the queen of all vampires, and inspires her desire to make Lestat her king. Akasha's malevolent power is so great that all the immortal vampires must stand against her if they want to survive. Meanwhile, a young London woman with a fascination for the dark side (Marguerite Moreau) falls in love with Lestat.

Cast & Crew

Paul McGann
David Talbot
Anne Rice
Writer (Novel)
Scott Abbott
Screenwriter
Michael Petroni
Screenwriter
Su Armstrong
Executive Producer
Andrew Mason
Executive Producer
Bill Gerber
Executive Producer
Bruce Berman
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Ian Baker
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Critic Reviews for Queen of the Damned

All Critics (130) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (108)

  • 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.

    October 20, 2009 | Full Review…
  • It isn't great entertainment or camp, but pic sets its ambitions so low, it can't help partially delivering on them.

    September 15, 2008 | Full Review…

    Scott Foundas

    Variety
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  • The film is vampire roadkill.

    August 14, 2007 | Rating: 1/4
  • Rice's complex, sprawling novel is rendered virtually incomprehensible by a combination of lacklustre direction, risible dialogue and shoddy effects.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • 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.

    July 20, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • It all looks very weak, and my heart went out to the excellent Paul McGann, who has to play a occult researcher looking permanently appalled at what is happening. As well he might.

    April 15, 2002 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Queen of the Damned

  • Apr 07, 2015
    Pre-Twilight, Post-Buffy blend of smouldering stares, campy "gothic" chills and an immense craving for unintentional cringe comedy, the late R&B singer Aaliyah stars as "Queen of the Damned" Akasha, who appears more Queen of the Desert than anything, like a female Frank N' Furter in a crown having to tread heavily through the soggy dialogue - the novel is good, the film isn't - and Stuart Townshend doesn't do much to help her out either...except glare. The film is more a blurry and strange orgy of weirdness, and not the good kind.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 07, 2013
    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
  • Dec 07, 2012
    Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles series continues in Queen of the Damned. The story follows the vampire Lestat, who rises to fame as a rock star, but his music awakens the Vampire Queen from her eternal sleep, freeing her to wreak havoc upon the mortal world. The performances are terrible, as is the script. And the storytelling is poor; as it meanders between seemingly unrelated plots until it rushes to an inexplicable conclusion. Queen of the Damned has none of the allure that its predecessor had, and is a rather pathetic attempt to resurrect the franchise.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 29, 2012
    Vampire Rock Star+ Flashback of his past. Enough said...
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer

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