Queen of the Damned (2002) – Awfully Good Horror Movies

The Anne Rice novels The Vampire Lestat and The Queen of the Damned are excellent reads that could make for an incredible viewing experience if they were properly and faithfully adapted for the screen. Instead, ideas lifted from the two books were just slapped together for the 2002 film Queen of the Damned (watch it HERE), the movie we’re looking at in the latest episode of our video series Awfully Good Horror Movies. Check it out in the embed above!

Directed by Michael Rymer from a screenplay by Scott Abbott and Michael Petroni, Queen of the Damned has the following synopsis:

The legendary vampire Lestat has reinvented himself as a rock star in the contemporary American music scene. His music wakes Akasha, the queen of all vampires, and inspires her desire to make Lestat her king. Akasha’s malevolent power is so great that all the immortal vampires must stand against her if they want to survive. Meanwhile, a young London woman with a fascination for the dark side falls in love with Lestat.

The film stars Stuart Townsend, Aaliyah, Marguerite Moreau, Vincent Pérez, Lena Olin, Paul McGann, Christian Manon, Claudia Black, Bruce Spence, Matthew Newton, and Pia Miranda. Jonathan Davis of Korn provided Lestat’s singing voice.

With the Awfully Good Horror Movies series,

we take a journey through the world of “so-bad-it’s-good” cinema in the horror genre. We’ll provide you with some fun trivia, details on the production, and some food/drinks to go with it. So join us for some schlock as we go through the who’s who of terrible horror cinema!

The Queen of the Damned episode of Awfully Good Horror Movies was Written by Emilie Black, with Tyler Nichols both Editing and Narrating. The show is Produced by John Fallon and Executive Produced by Berge Garabedian.

A couple of the previous episodes of Awfully Good Horror Movies can be seen below. To see more, and to check out our other shows, head over to the JoBlo Horror Originals YouTube channel – and subscribe while you’re there!

On the JoBlo Originals YouTube channel, they’ve been running a series called Awfully Good Movies for a while – you can check out the playlist at THIS LINK.

Source: Arrow in the Head

About the Author

Cody is a news editor and film critic, focused on the horror arm of JoBlo.com, and writes scripts for videos that are released through the JoBlo Originals and JoBlo Horror Originals YouTube channels. In his spare time, he's a globe-trotting digital nomad, runs a personal blog called Life Between Frames, and writes novels and screenplays.