I've seen this movie countes times now and still can't get sick of it. It's like a frickin' drug. I know a lot of people don't like it but there's something about it that just draws me in. Every single performance is spectacular, but Aaliyah is the one who steals the show. She not only played the role of Akasha she became it. Her body movement and beauty was captured exceptionally well. It's also nice to see that a black girl was chosen for the role of an Egyptian Queen No, I'm not predjudice against white people, I am one . True it's not known what color <more>
the ancient Egyptians really were but this was a nice change. Stuart Townsend completely made me forget about Tom Cruise's portrayel of Lestat and Marguerite was striking once again. All in all it was a good time at the movies. For those who haven't seen it, be sure to watch it with an open mind and not take it too seriously. I mean, it's a movie about a vampire who becomes a rock star. Take it as that.
Although this movie doesn't have the darkness of the books, it is in my opinion a great movie. It's great campy fun with the beautiful Stuart Townsend as Lestat. He may not have the blond hair and blue eyes that are so vividly described in the book, but to be fair, he would not look good with blond hair, and Lestat is most definitely about looking good. He moves like the predator I always imagined Lestat would have. The visual effects are pretty good, and the soundtrack is absolutely amazing. It's not Interview with the Vampire, so don't try to compare the two. Interview is <more>
Louis' story. This is a cut and paste version of Lestat's. In any case, I highly recommend.
I guess it depends on your point of view, but I think it's good (by Hypnotica)
I'm notorious among my loved ones for my love of movies that most people wouldn't like. I'm blessed with a gift to appreciate them, I guess. And I'm also blessed with the ability to take movies as totally separate from their book counterparts. Die hard Ann Rice fans might not like this movie because it slams two books The Vampire Lestat and The Queen of the Damned into one to make a relatively short film. So, obviously, a lot of the story was changed or left out. Which makes it understandable why some were upset. I mean, come on, Interview With the Vampire was over two hours <more>
long, and it was the movie version of just one book.However, taken as it's own story, the movie is actually very good. Well, in my opinion. Stuart Townsend's portrayal of Lestat is wonderful. And it doesn't hurt that he takes off his shirt quite a bit he has a really nice, defined, if lean, body and wears leather pants quite a bit. He also has the rock star quality that is often missing when most actors play musicians. You can see how into the music he is. He also is able to project Lestat's arrogance and loneliness very well.Vincent Perez, who plays Marius, also does a wonderful job. Though quite popular in Europe, he is sadly under-appreciated in the U.S. I can't honestly say that his portrayal was dead on so to speak because I haven't read any of the books the character appears in, but I thought he was quite good. Another one that is good-looking, ladies. Akasha, unfortunately, displays very few emotions, so Aaliyah didn't get a chance to really showcase her acting talents in her final performance, but she did play the evil vampire convincingly. Since she was said to be quite pleasant in real life, I'd say her performance was excellent.Most of the remaining cast were also enjoyable, if not impressive in their performances.There are also interesting special effects.I loved this movie.If nothing else, you should at least check out the soundtrack. The songs are well penned and preformed by a number of talented musicians. My advice? At least give this movie a chance. Despite the bad reviews, you may find yourself pleasantly surprised.
Enchanting with the music and the mood. (by ailinon)
The movie, although not faithful to the original novels, succeeds in creating modern gothic vampire vision. Somebody tried to insult QotD calling it a 1,5h music video clip. Actually it is a complement. The everpresent gothic music combined with the music-video-like shots made the movie so moody - and "Queen of the Damned" is a mood-driven story.I do not understand the die hard fans who complain on the modifications of the story. The plot has been modified to be less confusing for viewers who do not know the novels. The number of characters had been lessened and I have no problems <more>
with changing Lestat's maker or skipping Mekare's character. The biggest change - the romance of Lestat and Jesse - seemed a very nice addition to me.Actually, I think that a faithful adaptation would be a complete failure. The slow and gloomy mood, that was perfect to XIXth century New Orlean and Louis's angst, wouldn't fit Lestat's rebellion and his music. And while the book can be slow, descriptive and combining multiple elements yet conveying them well, the movie simply cannot do it without turning chaotic. "Vampire Lestat" and "Queen of the Damned" can be split into at least three movies - the creators had to choose something.Some of the special effects, like the flying or walking out of the flames were the only thing I actually didn't like in this movie. But Akasha's death was very nice. The cast was good, Stuard Townsend was convincing as Lestat, especially on the concert, but I preferred Banderas as Armand. I loved Jesse, Maharet and Marius though. And of course Aaliyah was perfect with her quasi-ancient-Egyptian accent.So if you are into gothic music and vampiric dillemas of loneliness and eternity and you don't consider books to be movie scenarios "Queen of the Damned" is one of the few movies which show vampires as something more than blood sucking monsters. But please do not compare it to the "Interview" movie. It has a completely different style, precisely as much different as different were Louis and Lestat. Personally I find it thrilling first to watch a vampire's existence from Louis' "bottled hunger" point of view, and then switching to one devoid of all morals but surprisingly outgoing for a vampire, Lestat.I'd give "Queen" 8 of 10 as it had some technical flaws, but I decided to give it 9 as it's vastly underrated by people who hate it simply because it didn't match their vision of the books, which can be clearly seen by looking at the votes breakdown.
OK, I HATE goth rock, this movie showed me some appreciation of it. AAliyahs last artistic performance before her death is so seductively powerful, as is Stuart townsend.The actors dark mysterious moods without seeming depressive draw you into a world of supernatural beings,at some stages you feel you are a vampire watching in on lestats progress.A much more modern and darker sequel to "interview with a vampire." This one shows less emotion from the characters yet you feel more empathy towards them. A good movie that won't scare you silly but will pull you into a seductive world <more>
i really enjoyed watching queen of the damed it is a really great film which transcends its less than perfect special effects. this is one of my very favourite vampire movies. The story ,written by Anne rice, is truly brilliant in its new and interesting take on the vampire genre. This is one of those films which every goth who has ever seen it loves it because of the Gothic darkness of the story and characters. i love the dark humour that runs though out the film and the brilliant music that sets the mood and makes that rock goth feeling complete.queen of the damed out does its predecessor <more>
interview with a vampire in every way and really brings the world created in Anne rice's books come to life. If you love that sort of Gothic dark feel then you'll love this film.
It has very little to do with the books: half of the characters have been eliminated, the plot has been greatly altered, people's parents are changed for different characters . . .However, if you watch it as an independent piece try and forget you ever read the books the movie is very well put together, everyone is very good looking, and there is even a sweet ending...
It's no Interview, but still a good vampire flick (by Smells_Like_Cheese)
I honestly did like "Queen of the Damned", despite it going on more of a MTV twist and not being faithful to the novels, come on. It was just a good movie for horror fans. I felt that it had good ideas and worked pretty well. With some new coming actors and a sexy performance of Aaliyah, the film really couldn't go wrong.We have a new Lestat, Stewart Townsend, who is just now starting to be more noticed from his last film with Kate Hudsen "About Adam". A lot of people were disappointed that Tom Cruise did not reprise his role, but to be honest as much as Tom did a <more>
great job, he couldn't have fit this time into the Rock -N- Roll Lestat. Stewart captured that sexiness and that sleek look of cockiness that was just perfect. All though yes, I didn't really like the romantic side the director took on him, he's still one of our favorite vampires.Aaliyah, no, she didn't have the look of Akasha, Queen of all that is damned. But she did a good job and was so incredibly beautiful. Her tragic death had just happened before they released "Queen of the Damend" into theaters, RIP! This movie captured her beauty and talent very well. She was so sleek and just sexy during her dancing scene in the pub with the other vamps before her massacre.There was one very bothersome actress, the one who played Jesse. She did so badly! Her lines, were, she just... gah! She was horrible, you'll have to trust me on that. Otherwise, I think you'll enjoy it, please! Don't compare the book, I like to say to people that if you want the book, read the book. This is a movie and it's not always going to be faithful, it just wanted a hipper look for a younger audience. Yes, of course the books are better, but if you're just looking for a fun horror flick, I'd recommend.8/10
Classic vampire myth meets the MTV generation in the Michael Rymer movie version of the Anne Rice novels. This passed Gothic tale now becomes the modern punk for today's generation, that brings Lestat de Lioncourt Stuart Townsend from his slumber and bored with his existence has now become this generations new Rock God. While in the course of time, another has arisen, Akasha Aaliyah, 1979 - 2001 , the Queen of the Vampires, the Queen of the Dammed.The action here is on par with the great cinematography of landscapes and of both classic and modern buildings, mixed together with the <more>
right colours and shade have given a feeling of classic menace meets new age horror. With its hard rock soundtrack have produced a vampire movie that is both individual and surprisingly well made. The sets are truly magnificent along with the work of Ian Baker, having worked on The Devil's Playground 1976 , Plenty 1985 , The Punisher 1989 and Six Degrees of Separation 1993 . Visually stunning and with great edits from Dany Cooper that quicken both pace and blight even the darkest of any vampires sleepy wake.With a minor but important role from British actor Paul McGann, there is a cast here, and background staff, that holds this together with charisma and professionalism. The Queen of the Damned is worthy of reprisal, dig your teeth in and take a bite, this will fill your appetite.