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  • Actors: Stuart Townsend, Aaliyah, Marguerite Moreau, Vincent Perez, Lena Olin
  • Directors: Michael Rymer
  • Writers: Scott Abbott, Michael Petroni
  • Producers: Jorge Saralegui, Su Armstrong, Andrew Mason, Bill Gerber, Bruce Berman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Surround Sound
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (947 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000069I1I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,901 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Queen of the Damned" on IMDb

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It's her time. Her place. The wickedly regal Mother of All Vampires is ready again to rule! Aaliyah plays the title role in this stylish shocker based on Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles. Stuart Townsend portrays Lestat, the undead antihero previously seen in the movie version of Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire. This time, Lestat finds acceptance in a tattooed and pierced world. He's a rock star. And his intoxicating Goth-riffed sound rekindles the desires of all-powerful Akasha.

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This is the worst movie made from a book I've ever seen.
Allison
The film does a poor job of incorporating Rice's complex characters and plots and does not help explain vampire mythology as the book sets out to do.
Amazon Customer
In short, if you really care about this book and the characters, I'm not too sure you'd like this movie.
Lila Sears

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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Avalon Daughter on March 3, 2002
I think people went into this movie thinking that they would hate it. Especially some fans. I'm an Anne Rice fan and I'll say this: it doesn't follow the book completely, but I liked it quite a bit.
To sum it up, Queen of the Damned is actually made up of the second and third books of the Vampire Chronicals consisting of chunks from both Queen of the Damned and The Vampire Lestat. It may be called Queen of the Damned, and the posters focus on Akasha, but it really is about Lestat (which is what Queen was about anyway.)
I wasn't sure if I was going to like this movie, but went into it with an open mind. I liked Interview, but didn't care for the choice of Tom (over the top) Cruise as Lestat. The choice of Stewart Townsend was WELL casted as he slithers about reeking of sexuality, just like Lestat; too bad he wasn't the original choice for Interview.
In terms of the storyline, to incorporate or base a movie on both books is a difficult task that can fail and unfortunately, it did in some areas. From reading the negative reviews about QOTD, too much was incorporated into the storyline without explaining the background of each (i.e., Akasha is the first of the vampire bloodline and when her life ceases to exist, so do all the vampires created beneath her.) Stuff like this is never explained and anyone who has never read the books can understandably be confused.
I was more excited by seeing the characters I became so familiar with come to life, but we are only focusing on specific characters in this flick. Namely, Akasha, Marius, Lestat, Jesse and Maharet. All the others are present, but most of them don't even have a single line.
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70 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Paige I. Mano on February 13, 2003
Format: DVD
*sigh* Where to begin? When Interview with the Vampire (the movie) came out when I was in sixth grade, I was immediately hooked, and I devoured the original 4 Vampire Chronicle books one after the other. I fell in love with Lestat, I felt Louis' pain...it was wonderful. When I heard they were making a movie version of Queen of the Damned, I was glad, yet surprised, because The Vampire Lestat (book 2) is actually my favorite of the series, and I would have liked to have seen that as a movie. Now begins my rant.
There's plenty of things I could say about this movie doing no justice to the feel and/or deep and layered plot of the book. However, since it is a movie and not the book, I'll try not to get that specific (i.e., Marius didn't make Lestat, but that doesn't make that much of a difference...does it?) What really [ticked] me off about this is that instead of taking one book's plot and trying to fully develop and explain the story, they shoved a bunch of [junk] into ninety minutes and made it loud, shiny, and polished. And let's not forget the kung fu.
1) I loved Tom Cruise as Lestat, but...Stuart Townsend was hot. I'll admit it. He played the modern Lestat quite well, and I'm willing to say that his hair is *dark* blond. That doesn't quite make up for his brown eyes, however. :)
2) Aaliyah. Not bad; she certainly looked pretty, but what was up with that stupid Hungarian accent? And she had basically no character development, which brings me to
3) NO CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT!! The only reason I recognized half of the "ancients" in the movie was by their costumes, because God forbid we should actually mention their names!!
4) Why did we have to have that stupid "romance" [stuff]?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Daniilidou on February 15, 2004
Format: DVD
The movie was nothing short of horrible! Having read all of the books and being a huge fan of the Chronicles, this movie just annoyed me. I swear to you, if it had a plot I need some help finding it! This movie demonstrates what Hollywood usually does, turns a great novel into a gothic-gore-fest. I mean it reached a point where they were just taking a woman's work, her life's devotion, and destroying it under the guise of her characters! And to the person who mentioned Armand - boy do I know where you're coming from (same thing with Lestat). I will say this, I actually thought that Aaliah did a good job with the script she was given. She was very convincing as the character the producers created. Interview with the Vampire was a great film that did justice to Anne Rice's work. The entire cast (especially Cruise, Pitt, and Dunst) was terrific. With that being said, here's something I found hilarious - apparently the main producer of Queen of the Damned wishes that he had been given the opportunity to work on 'Interview!' Apparently the film didn't live up to his expectations and he could of done so much more with it. I think I speak for most people when I say that I'm glad that he was kept the hell of way from that film. At least there is one movie that Anne Rice fans can admire.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cat Connolly on November 27, 2003
Format: DVD
This film is a horrible attempt at bringing 'Queen of the Damnded' (and 'The Vampire Lestat') to the big screen. Not worth even renting this pathetic film is literally only saved by Townsend's looks! The book is a stunning peice of written art (both of 'em: tVL and QotD) and I was horrified when I actually watched this.
The few who say that Townsend is better than Tom Cruise are completely wrong as Cruise fits into the roll as the Lestat Louis sees in 'Interview with the Vampire'. I'll admit, Stuart is attractive but he just doesn't fit Lestat's character and I wanted to snap the DVD at many momentsduring viewing (I rented it. Pity, if I bought it I could return it and get my money back. Even though they should be paying us to watch this!).
They missed out so much that the book offered. The character's like Daniel, Louis and even Mekare (who played a vital part in Anne Rice's 'Queen of the Damned') are missed out completely. They called it a sequal to the brilliant 'Interview with the Vampire' and then missed out Louis which, fans of the better film would be very angry about. Of the characters that did manage to keep their places I can't say much, as most of them only managed a few lines (three for Armand).
There was no explanation to where Vampires came from which is a very important part of the book and the significance of the redheaded twins was never told either. The romance between Jesse and Lestat never existed in the book and Lestat is blond. Marius didn't make Lestat and I could go on for hours but I hope that I have already convinced you that buying this a bad idea, Interview is much better film, watch that instead.
The books are much better than either film even it I do love the movie Interview with a Vampire.
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