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The queen of the damned

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Movie propaganda

The vampire Lestat (Stuart Townsend) has become a rock star, and it's that music that awakens the 6000-year-old Egyptian vampire, Akasha (Aaliyah). She soon sets out on a plan of revenge against many of the male vampires that followed her, in the hopes of ruling the earth with Lestat at her side. Meanwhile, there's Jesse Reeves (Marguerite Moreau), a young female vampire hunter who begins to fall in love with Lestat...

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film supernatural vampire adventure Lestat Anne Rice

Persons of interest

  • Stuart Townsend .... Lestat
  • Aaliyah .... Akasha
  • Marguerite Moreau .... Jesse Reeves
  • Vincent Perez .... Marius
  • Lena Olin .... Maharet
  • Paul McGann .... David Talbot
  • Claudia Black .... Pandora
  • Bruce Spence .... Khayman
  • Megan Dorman .... Maudy
  • Tiriel Mora .... Roger Smythe
  • Matthew Newton .... Armand
  • Christian Manon .... Mael
  • Peter Olsen .... Enkil
  • Renée Quast
  • Anne Rice .... Author
  • Scott Abbott .... Screenwriter
  • Michael Petroni .... Screenwriter
  • Michael Rymer .... Screenwriter
  • Michael Rymer .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Not Interview with the vampire. The queen of the damned is great to look at, wildly adventurous and spookily cool (if you're a goth), but it doesn't have that special zing that makes a fun movie into a classic film.

Aaliya is brilliant as the world's original vampire bitch: she is powerful, commanding, completely without the pesky morals that constrain mere mortals. [In the book, Akasha and her sister were the progenitors of all vampires - Director of Intelligence] All the other vampires, unfortunately, look like they were caught in an explosion at a make-up factory. I have seen hardware shops with less polyfilla. Yeesh. Still, Stuart seems to enjoy himself as a blood-sucking bastard and he wanders around without a shirt for most of the film and what more can you ask for (if you like the underfed adolescent look)?

The queen of the damned also plays around with new characters to make it more interesting for a filmic audience. It makes the movie untrue to the book but that's probably a good thing as the book tended to ramble on a bit. Not that the movie doesn't, but you only have to sit through a hundred minutes before everything is wound up. More than Dracula 2000, less than Interview with the Vampire: now you know so the choice is yours.

Security censorship classification

M (Horror theme)

Surveillance time

101 minutes (1:41 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 21 March 2002
DVD rental: 23 October 2002

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