Queen of the Damned
Queen of the Damned
Title: Queen of the Damned
Directed by: Michael Rymer
Written by: Scott Abbott; Michael Petroni
Produced by: Su Armstrong; Bruce Berman; Channing Dungey; Bill Gerber; Andrew Mason; Jorge Saralegui
Music by: Jonathan Davis; Richard Gibbs
Cinematography: Ian Baker
Edited by: Dany Cooper
Distributed by: Warner Bros.
Village Roadshow Pictures
Released: February 22nd, 2002
Rating: R
Running time: 101 min.
Country: USA
Language: English
Budget: $35,000,000 [1]
Gross: $30,336,800 (US) [2]
$45,479,110 (Worldwide) [3]
Previous: Interview With the Vampire

Queen of the Damned is an American feature film of the vampire horror subgenre. It is based on the novel Queen of the Damned by author Anne Rice, which is the third novel in The Vampire Chronciles series. It is the second film adaptation take from books in this series and follows the 1994 film Interview With the Vampire. The movie was directed by Michael Rymer with a screenplay written by Scott Abbott and Michael Petroni. It was produced by Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures and premiered in the United States on February 22nd, 2002. The film stars the late pop star Aaliyah in her second and final film role as the vampire queen, Queen Akasha. Stuart Townsend takes on the role of vampire bad boy Lestat de Lioncourt, replacing Tom Cruise from the first film. Other stars include Marguerite Moreau as Jesse Reeves, Vincent Perez as Marius de Romanus, Paul McGann as David Talbot and Lena Olin as Maharet.

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  • Queen of the Damned received generally negative reviews. The movie aggregate review site Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 17% (rotten) rating. This is based on a total of 129 reviews, with 107 negative reviews and only 22 positive reviews. [5]
  • Lead actress Aaliyah, also known as a rising R&B star, was killed in an airplane crash on August 25th, 2001 in the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas. She had just finished shooting a music video for her song "Rock the Boat". She was 22-years-old. [6]
  • This was Aaliyah's second and final film role. The R&B star made her acting debut in 2000 playing Trish O'Day in the martial arts film Romeoe Must Die.
  • Director Michael Rymer is also known as an executive producer on season two of the Hannibal television series.
  • The Vampire Chronicles author Anne Rice has waffled when it comes to her opinion of the film. Since its inception, she has demonstrated support over the production and the cast of the film, but has also expressed resentment towards the final product. She had similar misgivings on the set of Interview With the Vampire, but ultimately came out in support of the film and its lead actor, Tom Cruise.

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  • "This time there are no interviews".
  • "All she wants is Hell on Earth".
  • "The mother of all vampires".

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References Edit

  1. IMDB; Queen of the Damned (2002); Box office & business; Budget.
  2. IMDB; Queen of the Damned (2002); Box office & business; Gross.
  3. IMDB; Queen of the Damned (2002); Box office & business; Gross.
  4. IMDB; Queen of the Damned (2002); Box office & business; Filming dates.
  5. Rotten Tomatoes; Queen of the Damned (2002)
  6. NME; November 20th, 2003; Bychawski, Adam; "Coroner Delivers Verdict Over Aaliyah Death Crash"
  7.; Queen of the Damned (2002); DVD (full-screen).
  8.; Queen of the Damned (2002); DVD (re-release).

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