Music to your ears...
Vampire Lestat returns after the very successful Interview with a Vampire. Both films are inspired by the Vampire Chronicles series of novels by Anne Rice. While not exactly a musical, it features a version of Lestat, now a famous industrial singer, who carries some of the story and dialog with his compositions. The film is visibly aimed at a Goth crowd and plays it cool rather than scary.
Poetic dialog, metaphors and symbolism have their limits when it comes to a younger mainstream audience. Interview with the Vampire was able to convey surrealism through spoken lines. Queen of the Damned is more on the pretentious side. It’s romantic, sexy, but not creepy or sad. By adopting a melodic format, it sometimes feels more like a music video than a sequel to the previous film.
It goes without saying that none of the original actors return. While the sets, the photography and the performances are impressive, the effects are a noticeable handicap. Fans of romance and fantasy will love it but the average horror moviegoer might be bored by it. It hurts a potential franchise, but as a stand-alone adaptation it’s slightly better than the average contemporary vampire flick.