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Queen of the Damned

(Rated M)

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The World Is a Vampire: A Bloody Shiraz Gin & Film Festival

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Overview

A vampire movie starring Aaliyah and shot in Melbourne? Sign. Us. Up. Queen of the Damned is an adaptation of the third novel in Anne Rice’s Lestat series, The Vampire Chronicles. After waking up from an endless slumber, the vampire Lestat (Stuart Townsend) finds himself in the modern world, and decides to become a rock star. His music awakens the fierce ancient queen of all vampires, Akasha (Aaliyah), who sets out to make Lestat her king. Meanwhile, a young woman with a fascination for the dark side (Marguerite Moreau) also has her eyes on Lestat.

Why You Should See This Film

Ignore the Rotten Tomatoes rating, we’re here for our vampire queen Aaliyah! This film is dedicated to the singer, who tragically died in a plane crash on August 25, 2001, before the film’s 2002 release. Her star power is on full display as the alluringly evil Akasha, and acts as a reminder of the bright talent we lost far too young. Directed by Australian Michael Rymer and mostly shot in Victoria, 3,000 goths were recruited from Melbourne clubs and chat rooms for the film’s big concert scene. If you look closely, you'll spot plenty of Australian actors in the supporting cast.

The World Is a Vampire: A Bloody Shiraz Gin & Film Festival

Crawl out of your crypt and join our friends at Four Pillars Gin for The World Is a Vampire: A Bloody Shiraz Gin & Film Festival this winter. Throughout August, we’re bringing you a season of vampires so hot, you’d never guess their blood runs cold.

Spanning five weeks, the series ventures from A Date with Dracula (What We Do in the Shadows, Bram Stoker’s Dracula), The Vampire Chronicles (Interview with the Vampire, Queen of the Damned), Undead Icons (The Hunger, Vampire’s Kiss), Bloodsucking Blockbusters (From Dusk Till Dawn, Blade), all the way to Modern Vamps (Only Lovers Left Alive, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night).

And of course, each week gets a Bloody Shiraz Gin cocktail to match. For Interview with the Vampire and Queen of the Damned we'll be serving Thêâtre des Vampires, a fruity combination of Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin, apple & rubarb, orange bitters and dry vermouth.

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  • Year: 2002
  • Rating: M
  • Director: Michael Rymer
  • Cast: Aaliyah, Stuart Townsend
  • Duration: 104 minutes
  • Language: English
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