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Queen of the Damned
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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 17%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"Rice's complex, sprawling novel is rendered virtually incomprehensible by a combination of lacklustre direction, risible dialogue and shoddy effects."
‑ , Time Out
"It's mainly an excuse for director Michael Rymer to unleash his arsenal of flashy, MTV-type visuals and Moulin Rouge costume designer Angus Strathie to play dress-up."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"Aaliyah makes a brief but memorable posthumous appearance about an hour into the nearly incoherent proceedings, which are riddled with unintentional guffaws."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"Wishy-washy and hampered by cliche, sitting through this is like enduring a vampire life: it's one long wait for the end."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"It isn't great entertainment or camp, but pic sets its ambitions so low, it can't help partially delivering on them."
‑ Scott Foundas, Variety
"Screenwriters Scott Abbott and Michael Petroni have turned Rice's complex Akasha into a cartoon monster."
‑ Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
"It's difficult to make a truly boring vampire picture, but the folks behind this draggy adaptation of Anne Rice's bestsellers The Vampire Lestat and The Queen of the Damned have done just that."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Whatever life there is to the movie is what [Aaliyah] brings to it."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Overall this horror picture, based on Rice's novel, is no good, but lead stuart Townsend gives a far more compelling (and properly campy) performance than Tom Cruise did as Lestat in the high-profile companion piece, Interview With the Vampire."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The film is vampire roadkill."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"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."
‑ Robert K. Elder, Chicago Tribune
"Aaliyah is gorgeous, but that doesn't save the film's tedious pacing, and cheesy atmosphere in the end."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Perhaps the sole reason to see this film is to pay final tribute to Aaliyah. Too bad it isn't a better movie."
‑ Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel, 3BlackChicks Review
"Queen of the Damned is not a good film, but it's definitely a watchable one."
‑ Michael Dequina, Film Threat
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