Queen of the Damned: Directed by Michael Rymer. With Stuart Townsend, Marguerite Moreau, Aaliyah, Vincent Perez. In this loose sequel to Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994), the vampire Lestat becomes a rock star whose music wakes up the equally beautiful and monstrous queen of all vampires.
This is such a great movie, but I’m really not sure if my opinion of it is because I first saw it in my formative years when I was listening to the type of music featured in “Queen of the Damned”. It’s not only featured in the film, it’s the core component of the entire thing, it’s not just the butter on the bread, it’s the bread itself. I remember having such a crush on Marguerite Moreau, and truth be told, she’s still apparently the bee’s knees. Her career has gone in a direction that doesn’t necessarily interest me, but I’m happy she’s been getting regular work!
Back to the soundtrack, give this a go and tell me it’s not the best thing since bread that’s been buttered:
The story isn’t all that exceptional, with an angry vampire that’s been sleeping for a while, but is woken up by people playing mild rock in his house, which to be clear, he is not in, he’s in his crypt off in the cemetery, but he’s got a psychic connection to the real estate. Turns out that this is the vampire Lestat, the same vampire that was last seen joyriding in a convertible at the end of “Interview with a Vampire”. When they call this a “loose” adaptation, they’re not kidding. Everyone is contrived, over the top, and just extreme for extreme’s sake. Even Aaliyah is playing a vampire that’s too much vampire for modern vampires, so she’s been turned into a statue so she wouldn’t vamp all over the place, and end up just eating every human on the planet. Don’t get me wrong though, Aaliyah is amazing with what she’s given, but she isn’t given much to work with.
I still love the film and suggest it to anyone that likes overwrought vampires hard rock films.