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Charlotte Amalie
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Mar. 6, 2002 – An adaptation from Anne Rice's seemingly endless string of vampire novels, "The Queen of the Damned" has, at least, a new twist — the vampire as rock star.
In some circles, all rock stars appear to be vampires, and from most reports, Stuart Townsend as vampire Lestat does little to dispel that notion. When Lestat awakens from a 200-year sleep to hear "something better than what I had left," he materializes with a new gig, rocking between feedings.
Townsend's Lestat bears ill comparison to Tom Cruise's subtle, even sympathetic portrayal of the same character in the 1994 "Interview with a Vampire." But then, Cruise behaved as a vampire should, not as the lead singer of a goth band.
Critic Roger Ebert laments the performance of the late Aaliyah as the title character, Queen Akasha. The 22-year-old r&b singer was killed in the crash of a small plane in the Bahamas last August. "Since this will be her only starring role," Ebert says, "it's sad her character has such narrow emotional range."
Well, on to the story. Lestat falls for Akasha, wouldn't you know it, but it's less than a mutual attraction. Ebert says Akasha "addresses her lover with the intimacy Queen Victoria would have lavished on her footman." But Lestat perseveres because he wants to be her king, and her blood "makes him wild," according to Ebert, who adds, "Nothing good can come of this."
Rock idols, of course, don't rock without fans, and Lestat has his share, notably Jesse (Marguerite Moreau), described as a "young woman with a fascination for the dark side." I suppose you could say that.
The movie, rated R for violence, was directed by Michael Rymer. It starts Thursday at Market Square East on St. Thomas.

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