Queen of the Damned

Tag Line : All she wants is Hell on Earth.

Queen of the DamnedBased on the third of Anne Rice's "Vampire Chronicle's" books, Queen of the Damned follows the exploits of the vampire Lestat (played here by Irish actor Stuart Townsend), who has grown so tired of living among the dead, he has decided to sleep for an indefinite period.

But when his ancient slumber is disturbed by an upcoming rock band, who've taken over his former home, he decides to pay them a visit. After liking what he hears, they soon find they've got a new front man, and a new outlook on life (as it where).

Unfortunately, the rest of the vampires, aren't too happy about him being in the public eye. Particularly as he has caught the attentions of a paranormal watcher named Jesse (Marguerite Moreau), who has started poking around a little to deeply into vampire affairs.

Lestat's sire Marius (Vincent Perez), tries to warn him off from coming out in the open in this manner, but to no avail. But when Lestat's music awakens Akasha, the Queen of all vampires (played by the late R&B artist Aaliyah), who subsequently makes him her disciple, Jesse finds herself joining forces with Marius and the rest of the vampires in attempt to stop Akasha and Lestat bringing death and destruction to both the vampire world and humanity...

Not exactly a sequel to "Interview with the Vampire" (in which Lestat was played by Tom Cruise), but rather a film based on a subsequent novel by the same author. Queen of the Damned is totally different in style and grace from it's predecessor, and fans of Anne Rices "Vampire Chronicles" series may be disappointed with the directors treatment of the novel (which also combines elements from the second book "Lestat").

But viewed on it's own merits, this is a thoroughly enjoyable vampire flick with excellent performances all round. In particular Stuart Townsend, who's portrayal of Lestat I thought surpassed Tom Cruise's from "Interview...". There's some good effective camerawork, which provides some of the more breathtaking scenes, most notably the "Death Valley" concert, and there's an excellent thumping Heavy Metal/Hard Rock soundtrack to boot! Look out for Johnathon Davis from rock band KORN, who makes a cameo appearance as a ticket tout (also look out for the guy with the Afro at the London Goth bar, who you may remember featured in the Nescafe adverts driving the "hairy old Cortina". I was surprised to say the least).

Overall Marks : 7/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag lines, "The mother of all vampires", "This time there are no interviews".

  • Tom Cruise was initially offered to return to the role of Lestat, but he declined.

  • Vincent Perez, who plays Marius, also played 'The Crow' in the film "The Crow 2 : City of Angels".

  • R&B singer Aaliyah, who plays Queen Akasha, died in a plane crash shortly after principal photography was completed. Director Michael Rymer called in Aaliyah's brother, Rashad Haughton, to help overdubbing her voice following her death.

  • Wes Bentley was originally cast as Lestat after Tom Cruise declined, but he pulled out before filming began.

  • The concert scenes at Death Valley California were actually filmed in Werribee Australia.

  • Paul McGann, who plays David Talbot the leader of the paranormal investigators, also played Dr Who in the 1996 TV movie. He is also the brother of TV actors Stephen, Mark and Joe McGann, who all appear regularly in numerous UK TV shows.

  • The singing voice of Lestat is that of Jonathan Davis the lead singer of the band KoRn. As mentioned in my review, he actually appears in the film as a ticket tout trying to peddle tickets outside the concert.

  • The copy of Rolling Stone magazine that Marius throws down in front of Lestat was the actual issue published on the movie before it was released.

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