Legendary Vampire Lestat has risen from a decades-long slumber, determined to step out into the light. No longer content with being banished to the shadows, moving among mortals who never truly see him for what he is, Lestat has re-invented himself as the closest thing to a god on Earth: a rock star. The intoxicating lure of his music has snaked its way around the globe, ultimately finding the ear of the slumbering ancient Queen Akasha in her crypt beneath the Arctic ice. Mother of all Vampires, Akasha has been resting for centuries, waiting for the right time to rise again and seize dominion over the world. Lestat's music is the revelation she has been waiting for, and she desires that he rule beside her. But can Akasha be stopped? Her malevolent power may be too great for even the most ancient of the immortal Vampires to combat--she created them, and their survival depends on her own. After all, Akasha is used to getting everything she wants... and all she wants is Hell on Earth.
Stuart Townsend plays Lestat, the thinking man's vampire, who is now a pop star. Lestat, tired of hiding from mortals, has also emerged as a vampire who's come out of the closet, as it were. But the real victim of this dreary mess is the late Aaliyah. She plays Akasha, the Queen of all Vampires, who is so powerful that she can even venture out in daylight. Poor Aaliyah, who showed such unaffected naturalness in "Romeo Must Die" that she exacted immediate audience rapport, is saddled with a ludicrous Transylvanian accent. She deserved better. – Elvis Mitchell
2002-02-22 | Elvis Mitchell | Read the New York Times Review of Queen of the Damned