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  • Amy Harlib
    From: aharlib@earthlink.net So has anyone seen Queen of the Damned? The movie? It was a great movie....as a movie. As for the storyline, they should have
    Message 1 of 4 , Feb 27, 2002
      From: aharlib@...


      So has anyone seen Queen of the Damned? The movie? It was a great
      movie....as a movie. As for the storyline, they should have listened to
      Anne Rice everytime she said "No don't do that". And I'm sorry but Stuart
      Townsend should not have played Lestat!!!! And even though I do like
      Aaliyah a lot, NO!!!! All in all, comparing the movie to the book, it does
      not do the book any justice.

      Dear Group,
      Enjoyed the movie with some mixed feelings. Here is my review before it
      gets posted where I usually contribute:
      Cheers! Amy
      Queen of the Damned (Warner Bros. Pictures, 2002). Directed by Michael
      Rymer. Written by Scott Abbott and Michael Petroni, based on 'The
      Vampire Chronicles' by Anne Rice. Music and original songs by Richard Gibbs
      and Jonathan Davis. Running Time: 101 minutes. Rated: R.
      Departing from his mundane track record ('Angel Baby' and 'In Too Deep' for
      example), helmer Michael Rymer finally gets to try his hand at his beloved
      horror genre with reasonably successful results in his latest project, the
      film 'Queen of the Damned', loosely based on the widely popular books, 'The
      Vampire Chronicles' by Anne Rice. No one can deny that the greatest
      fascination factors in this production are the tragically ironic
      circumstances surrounding the performance of its star, Aaliyah who died
      tragically in a plane crash shortly after shooting was completed. Here we
      have a very dead actress on screen portraying a ruler of the undead!

      'Queen of the Damned's' plot, title notwithstanding, actually concentrates
      on Lestat (Stuart Townsend), a centuries-old vampire of musical inclinations
      who yearns for fame and public adulation and sees his path to fulfillment by
      revealing his true nature and using this sensational information to promote
      himself in the world of heavy-metal rock 'n roll. Due to the fortunate
      combination of talent and the phenomenal appeal of what most critics and
      media pundits believe to be a clever gimmick, Lestat (urging others of his
      kind to "come out wherever they are"), achieves superstardom and public
      notoriety that arouses the ire of the rest of his ilk. They prefer to
      retain their shadowy anonymity away from the all too frequent hostile
      attentions of their mortal prey.

      Thanks to Lestat's publicity machine, an orphaned psychic investigator,
      Jesse (Marguerite Moreau) becomes intrigued with him, knowing that he's for
      real because of her heightened awareness due to her upbringing by her benign
      vampire Aunt Maharet (Lena Olin). By being a member of the Talamasca, an
      esoteric occult organization of researchers, Jesse gains access to their
      prized possession, Lestat's journals of his transformation. This unique
      tome contains information that enables Jesse to get closely and romantically
      involved with the object of her fascination. Jesse's reading of these
      memoirs leads to an extended and interesting flashback sequence: the 18th
      century encounter with the 2000 year old vampire Marius (Vincent Perez)
      responsible for Lestat's becoming one of the undead. Marius, now mentor to
      Lestat, shows him the ropes and reveals that he, in turn, looks up to the
      multi-millennia old 'Mother of all Vampires', Queen Akasha (Aaliyah), of
      Ancient Egyptian origin and now so powerful that she can withstand the
      sunlight and fire that normally destroys her kind.
      Back in the present day, awakened from a kind of hibernation by the power of
      Lestat's music, Queen Akasha senses that she can use this energy to achieve
      her long-held plans of world domination. With Consort Lestat by her side,
      their combined mesmerizing abilities would turn mortals into helpless sheep,
      ripe for the picking. Akasha at first, easily enthralls Lestat after she
      spirits him away in a spectacular climax to a showdown at a huge concert in
      Death Valley where the protagonist's band's event became the target of an
      attack by an array of the undead. This exciting setpiece of CGI effects,
      flying stunts and dismembered foes that seemed part of the show to the
      audience, was all too real for the participants. The bizarre and
      graphically violent action in this scene logically progresses from Akasha's
      earlier grand entrance in a secret club for vampires where she destroyed all
      the patrons because they resisted her rule, for not all of her kind wish to
      treat humanity like mere meat. The ultimate finale occurs when Akasha, with
      Lestat by her side, confronts the leaders of the more benign vampire
      faction, most notably among them Maharet and Marius (with Jesse in
      attendance). There the fate of Lestat, Akasha, the other leading characters
      and the planet gets determined (despite some bloody bits), in fascinating,
      visually thrilling and finally romantically satisfying scenes.
      'Queen of the Damned', beneath its glitzy, glossy surface, contains some
      disturbing racial and sexual politics, yet, caveat in mind, still delivers
      plenty of dazzle of the gothic/punk, outrageous variety with Aaliyah's
      exotic head to toe costumes so breathtakingly gorgeous I couldn't get enough
      of them or her (a presence worth the price of admission alone). With her
      perfect body and radiant charisma, Aaliyah exudes a sinuous sensuality and
      grace that seduces despite her character's evil intents and actions. This
      paradoxical effect on Lestat in particular gets well portrayed.
      The
      movie attempts to pack so much Anne Rice source material into the story that
      the characters do not always get the development they deserve, yet the
      leads---Lestat, Marius, Jesse and of course, Akasha---still come across
      vividly. Richard Gibbs and Jonathan Davis provide pulse-pounding
      heavy-metal lyrics and music for appropriate performance-related moments and
      offer excellent, complementary dramatic and eerie scoring the rest of the
      time. The vampire/pop/rock music combination works effectively here and
      should please the film's intended youthful audience. The gore, though less
      pleasing, nevertheless belongs to the genre and its shock value works to
      score points in key scenes. Definitely worth seeing for dark fantasy and
      horror fans, 'Queen of the Damned' offers plenty of hip, contemporary
      thrills and, to reiterate, morbidly ironic frissons of fascination to see a
      very dead star performer ruling the undead. Those insisting that all their
      cinema be a highbrow, artistic experience may sneer---the rest of us will
      enjoy falling under Akasha's spell and regret Aaliyah's untimely passing.
      For a superior vampire dark fantasy film treat, don't miss the Japanese
      anime feature 'Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust' in which the setting,
      characters, visual dazzle and science-fictional plot elements are more
      complex and gripping though lacking in the contemporary music aspect. My
      detailed review of this genre gem can be found at:
      http://www.rambles.net/vampired_bloodlust00.html
    • Dusk Crescent Dawn
      The vampire/pop/rock music combination ....what pop?? i heard no pop and my cousin who listens to pop was terrified by the music of the movie, began
      Message 2 of 4 , Feb 27, 2002
        "The vampire/pop/rock music combination" ....what pop?? i heard no pop and my cousin who listens to pop was terrified by the music of the movie, began declaring that they all are satan worshippers, etc. so again i say "what pop??".

        Amy Harlib <aharlib@...> wrote:
        From: aharlib@...


        So has anyone seen Queen of the Damned? The movie? It was a great
        movie....as a movie. As for the storyline, they should have listened to
        Anne Rice everytime she said "No don't do that". And I'm sorry but Stuart
        Townsend should not have played Lestat!!!! And even though I do like
        Aaliyah a lot, NO!!!! All in all, comparing the movie to the book, it does
        not do the book any justice.

        Dear Group,
        Enjoyed the movie with some mixed feelings. Here is my review before it
        gets posted where I usually contribute:
        Cheers! Amy
        Queen of the Damned (Warner Bros. Pictures, 2002). Directed by Michael
        Rymer. Written by Scott Abbott and Michael Petroni, based on 'The
        Vampire Chronicles' by Anne Rice. Music and original songs by Richard Gibbs
        and Jonathan Davis. Running Time: 101 minutes. Rated: R.
        Departing from his mundane track record ('Angel Baby' and 'In Too Deep' for
        example), helmer Michael Rymer finally gets to try his hand at his beloved
        horror genre with reasonably successful results in his latest project, the
        film 'Queen of the Damned', loosely based on the widely popular books, 'The
        Vampire Chronicles' by Anne Rice. No one can deny that the greatest
        fascination factors in this production are the tragically ironic
        circumstances surrounding the performance of its star, Aaliyah who died
        tragically in a plane crash shortly after shooting was completed. Here we
        have a very dead actress on screen portraying a ruler of the undead!

        'Queen of the Damned's' plot, title notwithstanding, actually concentrates
        on Lestat (Stuart Townsend), a centuries-old vampire of musical inclinations
        who yearns for fame and public adulation and sees his path to fulfillment by
        revealing his true nature and using this sensational information to promote
        himself in the world of heavy-metal rock 'n roll. Due to the fortunate
        combination of talent and the phenomenal appeal of what most critics and
        media pundits believe to be a clever gimmick, Lestat (urging others of his
        kind to "come out wherever they are"), achieves superstardom and public
        notoriety that arouses the ire of the rest of his ilk. They prefer to
        retain their shadowy anonymity away from the all too frequent hostile
        attentions of their mortal prey.

        Thanks to Lestat's publicity machine, an orphaned psychic investigator,
        Jesse (Marguerite Moreau) becomes intrigued with him, knowing that he's for
        real because of her heightened awareness due to her upbringing by her benign
        vampire Aunt Maharet (Lena Olin). By being a member of the Talamasca, an
        esoteric occult organization of researchers, Jesse gains access to their
        prized possession, Lestat's journals of his transformation. This unique
        tome contains information that enables Jesse to get closely and romantically
        involved with the object of her fascination. Jesse's reading of these
        memoirs leads to an extended and interesting flashback sequence: the 18th
        century encounter with the 2000 year old vampire Marius (Vincent Perez)
        responsible for Lestat's becoming one of the undead. Marius, now mentor to
        Lestat, shows him the ropes and reveals that he, in turn, looks up to the
        multi-millennia old 'Mother of all Vampires', Queen Akasha (Aaliyah), of
        Ancient Egyptian origin and now so powerful that she can withstand the
        sunlight and fire that normally destroys her kind.
        Back in the present day, awakened from a kind of hibernation by the power of
        Lestat's music, Queen Akasha senses that she can use this energy to achieve
        her long-held plans of world domination. With Consort Lestat by her side,
        their combined mesmerizing abilities would turn mortals into helpless sheep,
        ripe for the picking. Akasha at first, easily enthralls Lestat after she
        spirits him away in a spectacular climax to a showdown at a huge concert in
        Death Valley where the protagonist's band's event became the target of an
        attack by an array of the undead. This exciting setpiece of CGI effects,
        flying stunts and dismembered foes that seemed part of the show to the
        audience, was all too real for the participants. The bizarre and
        graphically violent action in this scene logically progresses from Akasha's
        earlier grand entrance in a secret club for vampires where she destroyed all
        the patrons because they resisted her rule, for not all of her kind wish to
        treat humanity like mere meat. The ultimate finale occurs when Akasha, with
        Lestat by her side, confronts the leaders of the more benign vampire
        faction, most notably among them Maharet and Marius (with Jesse in
        attendance). There the fate of Lestat, Akasha, the other leading characters
        and the planet gets determined (despite some bloody bits), in fascinating,
        visually thrilling and finally romantically satisfying scenes.
        'Queen of the Damned', beneath its glitzy, glossy surface, contains some
        disturbing racial and sexual politics, yet, caveat in mind, still delivers
        plenty of dazzle of the gothic/punk, outrageous variety with Aaliyah's
        exotic head to toe costumes so breathtakingly gorgeous I couldn't get enough
        of them or her (a presence worth the price of admission alone). With her
        perfect body and radiant charisma, Aaliyah exudes a sinuous sensuality and
        grace that seduces despite her character's evil intents and actions. This
        paradoxical effect on Lestat in particular gets well portrayed.
        The
        movie attempts to pack so much Anne Rice source material into the story that
        the characters do not always get the development they deserve, yet the
        leads---Lestat, Marius, Jesse and of course, Akasha---still come across
        vividly. Richard Gibbs and Jonathan Davis provide pulse-pounding
        heavy-metal lyrics and music for appropriate performance-related moments and
        offer excellent, complementary dramatic and eerie scoring the rest of the
        time. The vampire/pop/rock music combination works effectively here and
        should please the film's intended youthful audience. The gore, though less
        pleasing, nevertheless belongs to the genre and its shock value works to
        score points in key scenes. Definitely worth seeing for dark fantasy and
        horror fans, 'Queen of the Damned' offers plenty of hip, contemporary
        thrills and, to reiterate, morbidly ironic frissons of fascination to see a
        very dead star performer ruling the undead. Those insisting that all their
        cinema be a highbrow, artistic experience may sneer---the rest of us will
        enjoy falling under Akasha's spell and regret Aaliyah's untimely passing.
        For a superior vampire dark fantasy film treat, don't miss the Japanese
        anime feature 'Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust' in which the setting,
        characters, visual dazzle and science-fictional plot elements are more
        complex and gripping though lacking in the contemporary music aspect. My
        detailed review of this genre gem can be found at:
        http://www.rambles.net/vampired_bloodlust00.html







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      • Amy Harlib
        From: aharlib@earthlink.net The vampire/pop/rock music combination ....what pop?? i heard no pop and my cousin who listens to pop was terrified by the music
        Message 3 of 4 , Feb 28, 2002
          From: aharlib@...



          "The vampire/pop/rock music combination" ....what pop?? i heard no pop and
          my cousin who listens to pop was terrified by the music of the movie, began
          declaring that they all are satan worshippers, etc. so again i say "what
          pop??".

          Ah well, being a classical music fan primarily, when it comes to the
          contemporary stuff----I tend to classify it all as pop/rock. It all blends
          in my mind though aficionados with better ears can distinguish categories
          better than I can. At least I can differentiate rap from other forms of
          current popular music! LOL!
          Amy
        • Dusk Crescent Dawn
          lol youre a goof. thats all im sayin. its easy to distinguish rap though! if its by someone who sings about absolutely nothing and the song makes no sense
          Message 4 of 4 , Feb 28, 2002
            lol youre a goof. thats all im sayin. its easy to distinguish rap though! if its by someone who sings about absolutely nothing and the song makes no sense and the beat is something one can do on a keyboard, its rap....wait i just described britney spears....

            Amy Harlib <aharlib@...> wrote:
            From: aharlib@...



            "The vampire/pop/rock music combination" ....what pop?? i heard no pop and
            my cousin who listens to pop was terrified by the music of the movie, began
            declaring that they all are satan worshippers, etc. so again i say "what
            pop??".

            Ah well, being a classical music fan primarily, when it comes to the
            contemporary stuff----I tend to classify it all as pop/rock. It all blends
            in my mind though aficionados with better ears can distinguish categories
            better than I can. At least I can differentiate rap from other forms of
            current popular music! LOL!
            Amy



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