Queen of the Damned ***Official TRIBE Review***

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by el presidente Highsteppa, Feb 20, 2002.

  1. Ugh.

    This film isn't really helping me take the goths a whole lot more seriously, as this is melodramatic tripe. Silly, overacted and hammed up to the max, it's hard to see this as the sequel to Interview With The Vampire. It certainly doesn't have the gothic creepy atmosphere that Interview had in spades. And, I know there are going to be those that disagree with my statement, but Tom Cruise made the Lestat character kinda menacing. More menacing than Stuart Townsend did in this. I'm still reeling over the fact that Townsend walked off the set of Lord of The Rings (he was supposed to take the role of Aragorn/Strider, which Viggo Mortensen took over). Aalyiah, well, I don't like to talk ill of the dead, but it's really unfortunate that this is her last starring role. She looks great, but that stupid mock Bela Lugosi accent was just plain silly and attrocious.

    On top of that, the film looks plain, boring and is deathly dull. Special effects seem sub par, the camera effects and camera work is pretty uninspired, recycling and ripping off ideas and tricks that past vampire flicks like Blade (time lapse photography), John Carpenter's Vampires and others have blazed new ground with.

    From the Ministry of vampire sex involves a lot of biting in a pool that reminded me of American Beauty.

    Prime Minister Highsteppa
  2. djcheezwhiz

    djcheezwhiz TRIBE Member

    hey james...looks like the february dumping ground is alive & well...what was the name of that last schwarzenegger movie you reviewed, oh yeah collateral damage, glad to see you're seeing some great movies :)


    ps hope you're having a good week!!!
  3. There has been a couple of great films out this month:

    Brotherhood of the Wolf
    Monster's Ball (or was that Jan?)

    But the big stuff, you're right, this month isn't shaping up to be a very good one. March looks a bit more promising.

    Fine one brother. Same to you :)

    From the Ministry of hope to see you on Friday.

    Prime Minister Highsteppa
  4. E-spot

    E-spot TRIBE Member

    I was actually looking forward to seeing this movie. I didn't expect it to be too great, but apparently they took out and changed ALOT from the book. I'm not sure if I want to still go see it, as I'll probably be totally disappointed. Either way, at least I liked the book.

    E-spot aka Joanna
  5. Trust me, this is rental fodder at best. I was very, very, very bored.

    From the Ministry of recommendation.

    Prime Minister Highsteppa
  6. E-spot

    E-spot TRIBE Member

    I'll take your word for it. :)

    I found this review of it (for anyone who has read the book):

    So yes, I think I'll wait to rent this instead.

    E-spot aka Joanna
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  8. Jeremy Jive

    Jeremy Jive TRIBE Member

    I would have a review too but since you stood me up I went home and watched tv instead. So you can just buy me a drink on Saturday to make it up.

    jeremy -just kidding- jive
  9. LoopeD

    LoopeD Well-Known Member

    Isn't that the movie starring the late Alyia (sp?)?

    That's pretty weird shit - isn't she coming out of a coffin and stuff? Suprising they didn't re-shoot with a different actress............

  10. Soundstream

    Soundstream TRIBE Member

    Everytime I see this thread topic, I can't help but think of mingster.

    Cheers ... Ian :)
  11. HappyJR

    HappyJR TRIBE Member

    The moment I saw an add for this movie (and the picture of some mostly naked chick on it), I was like "aww fuck, they've ruined it"

    I really like interview with the vampire, and (yes, I'll admit it) I even read the books. And there was defenitely some cool sequal potential.

    But... I guess not...
  12. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Anything from Anne Rice BLOWS!!!
  13. Be afraid, be very afraid.

    From the Ministry of went into theatres yesterday, you have been warned.

    Prime Minister Highsteppa
  14. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I don't care as long as the movie makes money I'll be happy, it makes my job better too!!
  15. zoo

    zoo TRIBE Member

    First half hour of the movie was great.

    First 45 minutes of the movie were good.

    Second half of the movie began to drag on, plot twists came which I did not understand, bad acting, overly dramatized scenes.

    Bad lip-synching.

    And 6 new important characters were introduced in the last 15 minutes of the movie, nameless yet full of importance and emotion.

    Other than the fact this had holes which are obviously filled by the book, it was an ok movie.

    Not amazing, but ok.

    The soundtrack REALLY helped it get it's OK status.

    The scene where Aaliyah goes in the bar and sets fire to everyone was cool.

    I felt Lestat was "on" for most of the movie, with the exception of a few poorly acted / dramatized scenes ... and the terrible lip-synch scene.

    The Jonathan Davis cameo was funny.

    I haven't read the book so I was pretty clueless as to some parts of the movie.

    But it didn't matter .. the point of the movie was eye and ear candy.

    Kind of the MATRIX of vampires?
  16. gRoOviegurl

    gRoOviegurl TRIBE Member

    I liked the movie!

    It was by no means a GREAT movie but it was good enough. I really enjoy Vampire flicks and even if they are a bit cheesy, I still enjoy the general storyline.

    I felt the title "Queen of the Damned" was a bit misleading as it implied Aalyiah had a starring role - which she did not.

    She looked great in her Egyptian garb and it was nice to see that she at least brought a change of clothes with her when she returned to earth! "Queen" Vampires can never have too many outfits- so many occasions, so little time.

    Stuart Townsend is one GORGEOUS guy - vampire or not. He is absolutely beautiful and I felt he did well in his role. However, I could not get used to him as Lestat - he was simply too good-looking and not "Tom Cruise" who originated the role on film.

    I also enjoyed the special effects which were far superior to Interview with a Vampire. Of course, Interview with a Vampire was a much higher calibre flick but Queen of the Damned was enjoyable and even amusing at some points. There were some tonge in cheek moments when the vampires poked fun at themselves that I found funny.

    Getting back to Aalyiah I have to agree that while she LOOKED great her acting consisted of merely posing in her chain maille/iron chest plate and talking in a strange, special effects-altered voice. In other words, not too great.

    I don't know why so many singers feel the need to cross over to the acting world (and vice-versa) when most of them cannot act their way out of a paper bag. They should stick to what they are good at. Why do they feel they have to be a great singer, actor, dancer,producer, etc etc?

    I guess it's an ego thing.
  17. HypaTee

    HypaTee TRIBE Member

    This movie sucked... If you're a Chronicle fan, don't see it... It is nowhere close to the book. Stuart Townsend is not a convincing Lestat at all...

    I'm an Anne Rice fan, but I hated how she prejudged Tom Cruise's acting before she even saw the film. Tom Cruise played a perfect Lestat...from the way he walked to way he talked...even right down to his breathing.

    Ah, can't waot to hear what she has to say about this!
  18. OTIS

    OTIS TRIBE Member

    Kay I'm posting without reading the reviews in here.. then I'll go back and see what you guys thought.

    Well I just got back from this movie and the only reason I saw it was cuz the better movies were 2.5 hours away. Also cuz everyone's been tagging Anne Rice's name onto it.

    How dare they. How dare the marketing department for this movie compare it to Interview with a Vampire. This movie is nothing short of a trendy, stereotype supporting, 2 hour long industrial-goth video.

    I mean Lestat the rock star?? Wha?

    What, no one investigates puncture wound murders anymore?
    The fact that he comes out of the closet err coffin I should say, doesn't make him prime suspect for disappearances/murders of the vampire type.

    What I'm getting at is that this whole movie was a dream sequence and a badly scripted one at that. It had no element of humanity-reality preventing the viewer from relating with any of the characters presented on screen.

    To put it simply, this movie was like a synthed-out reverb-washed trance tune absent of a dry kick drum to anchor the sound.

    Not worthy of further review.

    Rating out of 5:

    P.S. too bad Aalyiah's last movie did nothing for her legacy.
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2002
  19. xtollo

    xtollo TRIBE Member

    What about the Matrix 2 Reloaded? Did they re-shoot?

  20. OTIS

    OTIS TRIBE Member

    It's funny.. not to take a stab at why you liked it but by reading every paragraph of what you wrote it's evident that eye-candy means alot more to you than actual plot & character development.

    Same reason why boy bands will always thrive despite their crappy music.

  21. Re: Re: Queen of the Damned ***Official TRIBE Review***

    I've heard conflicting reports that they do have some footage, but are completely re-writing the character into a minor role and allowing someone else to take on the intended role, and I've heard that they never got any footage at all of her, and that they've recast the part entirely.

    From the Ministry of heard more of the former (some photography done, but rewriting the role)

    Prime Minister Highsteppa

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