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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Total Count: 130

66%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 259,778
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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 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, Rovi

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Cast

Aaliyah
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
Christopher Kirby
as New York Vampire
Pip Mushin
as Guy being sucked
Miguel Ayesa
as New York Vampire
Joe Manning
as New York Vampire
Kat Rhodes
as Vampire Girl
Christopher Connelly
as Mortal Yuppie
Renee de Bondt
as Vampire Girl sucking
John Buckley
as French Journalist
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
Matthew Hassall
as Lestat's Vilonlinist double
Nandila Gaskell
as West Indian Girl
Nalishebo Gaskell
as West Indian Girl
Tamasin Ramsey
as Woman Victim
Michael Azria
as VW Driver
Arroyn Lloyd
as VW Passenger
Antonias Greige
as Camel Driver
Arrowyn Lloyd
as VW Passenger
Nicki Paull
as Flight Attendant
Enrico Mammerella
as Greek fisherman
Franklyn Ajaye
as French Dealer
Duncan Myers
as Rent Boy
Twapa Kapote
as Prostitute
Ron Bingham
as Businessman
Antony Neate
as Euro Trash Vampire
Strawberry Fields
as Girl with businessman
Bob Halsall
as Businessman with Girl
Anthony Neate
as Euro Trash Vampire
Nicola Paull
as Flight Attendant
Karoline Hohlweg
as Euro Trash Vampire
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
Nathan Hill
as Attacking Vampire
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Critic Reviews for Queen of the Damned

All Critics (130) | Top Critics (36)

  • 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.

    Oct 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.

    Sep 15, 2008 | Full Review…

    Scott Foundas

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • The film is vampire roadkill.

    Aug 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.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Screenwriters Scott Abbott and Michael Petroni have turned Rice's complex Akasha into a cartoon monster.

    Jan 21, 2003 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 20, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | 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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