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Queen Of The Damned [DVD] [2002]
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 16 February 2007
This is a bit of a complicated one. If your a die hard Anne Rice fan and Interview with the vampire offended you DO NOT watch this film because you may choke on your own fury. Really this film should be watched as a stand alone vamp flick and NOT the sequel to Interview. Personally I really love Interview and if I knew that this film was the intended sequel and not just a 'based on' rip off I probably would have hated it. Saying that I watched it as a stand alone and thought it was pretty entertaining. Stuart Townsend plays the lucious Lestat who goes to sleep for a few hundred years but is then awakened by a new wave of metal music and a change in humans attitudes. Then decides to join a band and releases vampire secrets in his lyrics to p1ss all the other vamps off. In doing so he awakens Egyptian Queen Akasha(Aaliyah), the mother of all vampires who wants to make Lestat her new King and rule mankind. Aaliyah surprisingly does a pretty good job and Townsend does his best in this one even though hes obviously working with a script that is a bit daft 'Her blood is like liquid fire, MORE!' and he does comes off as a homosexual Bela Lugosi impersonator but if you watch this film with a bit of humour it can be pretty good. The soundtrack is really impressive and the featurettes on this dvd show the special effects, one about the music with Chester Bennington(Linkin park) and a tribute to Aaliyah which is quite touching. I would say give it a chance. It's not the best but it's a job well done for a genre of films that can go so wrong so easily and go and check out the soundtrack and the score which I can definetly say are totally awesome.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2003
Queen of the Damned is the sequel to Interview with the Vampire, however it is very different in both pace and style. You might say that it is akin to an MTV movie video of a Vampire film, and indeed music does play a very important part in this film, however it is much more than that.
The story-line is fairly simple. Lonely Vampire (Stuart Townsend) is woken up by Rock Music. Lonely Vampire decides to become a rock musician and to challenge all the world's vampire's to reveal themselves. Meanwhile, Lonely Vampire's music inadvertently wakes Akasha, Queen of the Damned (Aaliyah)who sees human's as food. Lonely Vampire must decide whether he will rule the world with Akasha, throw himself to the mercy of the other vampires or spend eternity roaming the earth with the investigative librarian who's taken a shine to him.
Stuart Townsend and Aaliyah look amazing with both having all the sexy vampiric qualities you could want from an over-zealous bloodsucker. The sound track is fantastic... very Rock/Metal/New Punk-ish and dripping with sliding chords and waning metal guitar semi-tones (and definitely worth buying).
All in all, whilst this Vampire film isn't a classic, it does have all the things you'd want. Over-dressed long-haired, beautifully preserved young vampires. Plenty of blood sucking and spontaneous combustion. Tortured, mournful vampires who've grown very tired of their lonely existence and all this wrapped up in a stylish, musical montage.
Definitely worth having in your collection... just don't expect anything too intellectually challenging.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 16 August 2009
If you've read or plan on reading The Vampire Chronicles, on which this is based, do not bother with this film. It will leave you highly irritated and you will rant incessantly about it.

If however, you're not arsed about reading the books, give it a go and you'll probably enjoy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 2007
I wanted to see this really bad and I missed it's cinema run so the only way I could see it was by buying it or renting it, so I bought it.

I have never read any of THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES books so I don't know any different when I watch this. I really enjoyed the film but I didn't think it was as good as INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE but it was a good vampire film and it would of been a better one if it was a stand alone film and longer.

The film is 97 Minutes long and feels slightly rushed.

The story is: Legendary Vampire Lastat has risen from a decades - long slumber and reinvented himself as the closest thing to God on Earth - a rock star. The intoxicating lure of his music has snaked it's way across the globe, awaking the 6,000 year old Egyptian vampire, Akasha, the queen of all vampires.

Resting for centuries, Akasha has been waiting for the right time to rise again and siege domination over the world and Lastat's music was the revelation she was waiting for and she wants him to rule the world beside her.

There was a few problems that I found, the 1st one is it's too short as I have already stated else where in the review. The second is would a 16th century vampire sing nu - metal songs??. Other then that it's a pretty enjoyable film if you take it as light hearted as possible.

I thought Stuart Townsend wasn't too bad playing Lestat but filling the shoes of Tom Cruise's Lestat in INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE was a hard act to follow and AALIYAH was good as the queen of the damned.

Special Features wise its an ok disc - You have a commentary by the cast and crew, an Aaliyah remembered tribute, 4 music videos, extended concert footage, deleted scenes , a gag reel and a trailer for the film.

All in all it's a good film
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Vampire Lestat ( Stuart Townsend) takes a nap for a few hundred years because the 18th and 19th centuries were boring. Apparently life begins at a NIN concert. Lestat joins a band and somehow is instantly a success in an age before Simon Cowell (must be a chapter they skipped from the book). He openly claims to be a vampire to the dismay of vampires in hiding and taunts them, "Come out come out whoever you are." It didn't take long for him to pick up the modern accents and slang.

There is a lot of loose talk of loneliness and "the dark wasteland of eternity" apparently a theme designed to appeal to the immortals among us, for some reason I failed to connect to it.

Our title character (Aaliyah ) makes her first real appearance about halfway into the film. Catchy title, but it really was all about him and not her.

The film is a modern erotic thriller without sex and nudity, something that most filmmakers can't accomplish.

Now what if "Concrete Blond" was composed of vampires and they had a battle of the bands...

I did not read the Anne Rice books, so I don't know how bad the adaptation was or wasn't.

I enjoyed the music in the film more than the acting. Stuart was great in his role and I am still scratching my head at Aaliyah's accent. Was that was supposed to be ancient Egyptian or something? Sounded more Akkadian.

Some f-bombs in music lyrics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 September 2013
Chances are you are only going to like this film if you are a big fan of Aaliyah and even then maybe not because she is not really up to this role having neither the stage presence nor voice for this part and I feel it was unfair of the film-makers to put her in this role. But to be fair they had no idea about the rest of the casting either since only the actor playing David can actually act well in the part they've been given.

Add to that the terrible hash up of the plot ripped haphazardly from the pages of Anne Rice's two books and given the most awful corny cliched dialogue that you spend most of the film laughing and it isn't much of a film at all.

The supposed great music isn't so great either or at least the way the sound is treated in the film makes it insipid and uninspiring. Unless you are a huge fan of Aaliyah or you are having some friends round to watch a bad film for a laugh don't bother. If you've read the books then don't expect anything even vaguely resembling what you've read.

One spoiler to press this last point so stop here if you don't want to know -

In the book the vampires do not attack Leystad at the rock concert, which makes sense. They are angry with him for revealing their secrets publicly so attacking him en masse in front of a huge crowd of humans as they do in the film is, well, just a bit daft isn't it?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Where, oh where, do i begin?? I have to confess, I'm not a fan of Anne Rice's novels. But I did watch Interview with a Vampire and, whilst the film was camper than Lord Baden Powell on a scout mission, i found it quite enjoyable.

So, when I saw the next installment coming out, I decided to go and see it in the cinema with my mate Doug who has also just posted a review.

Awful. Absolutely awful. Why was Stuart Townsend cast for a start? I guess the filmmakers wanted a relatively unknown actor to play Lestat. Well, the film must have done really well as Stuart's a household name now!!!! The man cannot act at all. Clearly his trousers were spray painted on which must have starved him of oxygen for him to act better.

Aliyah is a pretty girl. And it was a real shame her last-ever film was this!!! She was unfortunately killed in a plane crash shortly after filming had finished. I personally believe she would have gone on to do bigger and better films than this. Her acting wasn't great but let's not forget she was a singer first. Acting was her 2nd love.

The film itself has no redeeming features. The effects were awful, the scenery at times looked like wobbly bits of cardboard. The dialogue was pain-inducing.

In short, this film should NEVER HAVE BEEN MADE. Warner Bros - consider yourselves told off!!!

Oh. And in case you were wondering, yes, I do own it on DVD!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2011
This film was a complete joke, "Aliya" whatever her name is may have appealed to some people,
but the girl/woman can not act.
I have seen far better performances at my daughters school nativity play.

It seemed the adaptation did not follow the original plot from the book (an area where Hollywood all ways seem to come up short)

Or may be the director was out of his/her depth.
This film was more like a sad comedy
I have since attached the disc to a tree branch in the garden.

It may well scare away an old wood pigeon.

Something I some how doubt.
even one to give one star. Is astar too much....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 August 2003
Apart from the film being very heavily criticized, i found it thoroughly enjoyable. Although the film is singular and very mordenised in the fantasy world of vampires, and the plot differs from the two actual novels it is based on (By Anne Rice), I found that Lestat (played by Stuart Townsend) was as accurate as can be. I'm not writing as a goth or a vampire crazed fan but i fell in love with the film as well as the soundtrack. At the beginning I was dissappointed to find how different the film was compared to the novels, but if the novels had not been written then perhaps the film would not have been so sourly rated. All I can say is that if you are an Anne Rice fan, do not watch the film as one, if you do it will only lead to discontent. Aaliyah played Akasha brilliantly as well as stereotypically, calling all vampires her "children" was abit much but thats the screenwrite's fault and not her own. I am 18 years old and even i could tell that the film was aimed at people more my age. It is also an easy watch, the plot not being hard to keep up with, although it is fast moving. Watch it, not only because it is different from all the other vampire films, but the film also lay claims to the bewitching soundtrack which brings the film to life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 September 2013
Although it is the sequel to Interview with the Vampire this is a very different beast to the first film. Nobody from the original is in this and it has a much younger, more goth music video feel to it. In a sense that's not necessarily a bad thing as I quite enjoyed the music in the film.

The story centres around Lestat who has woken after a century of slumber and decides to go public with who he really is. This angers the other vampires and makes him a target, meanwhile the queen of vampires has arisen and seeks to make Lestat her king.

It's a fun watch even though it does stray into romanticising vampires, although they do remain monsters. The music video feel keeps the pace quick and punchy. Unlike the first film it lacks quality, the cast do a reasonable job, but no-one really stands out, except for Marius, for some reason I enjoyed his character more than the others.

Overall it's entertaining enough, far from great but a fun watch.
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