Monday, December 12, 2005

Guilty Pleasure - Queen of the Damned

I never did finish all my guilty pleasure movies, so I'll post one now. Anne Rice's Queen of the Damned is one of my favorites. It's a bit campy and over the top, but then Vampires tend to be that way: broody, vengeful, egotistic, etc. I really love Stuart Townsend as the Rock-Star Lestat, and the music is this wonderful grating, driving, earthy rock that is so edgy it has teeth, er, fangs.

I guess what I really love about this movie is that it is a love story. Lestat is tired of being alone. And Jesse is drawn to him and his life.

There is also Vincent Perez as Maurius - very funny and sexy.

I just love the operatic feel of this movie.


Michele said...

I've never heard of this one.
It sounds GREAT!

Can't be any worse of a vampire movie than Andy Warhols..that guys was freaky!! and trashy..but hey..he was what he was.

I just saw the movie Road to Perdition with my movie group.
If it wasn't for their suggestion, I never would have picked this movie on my own.

Kelli McBride said...

It is a good film. Tom Hanks is such a versatile actor. The night we ordered that movie on Pay Per View was the night my grandmother died. About 40 minutes into the film, we got the call from my uncle telling us to get to Edmond ASAP. It was the night before Easter, and that Sunday, we'd planned a huge family gathering at Uncle Don's house to celebrate - Easter was Grandma's fav holiday. She was living with Uncle Don under Hospice Care because there was no chance barring a miracle. He has a big house and had remodeled the front rooms to form a small suite for Grandma. When we got there, she was still alive, but barely. Dad is her oldest son, and it was like she held on to see him.

So she died with all of us gathered around her bed, touching her, telling her we loved her, etc. She simply stopped breathing - very peaceful. It was surprisingly beautiful - so full of love, sorrow, compassion. Four generations of McBrides in that room, sending her on her way to Heaven.

It was so much better than the sterility and distance of the hospital. She wanted to be home with family around her when she died, and she got her wish.

So when I think of that movie, I always think of that night. And it isn't a painful memory, though I always weep a bit. Instead, I feel deeply spiritual and at peace. Somehow, I'm not AS afraid of death as I was before.

Gena Showalter said...

I loved Queen of the Damned. Like you, it was the love story that got me. Hmm, could we be romance writers?

Rinda Elliott said...

I liked this movie, too. And I have the soundtrack. In fact, on my very first blog, I give a link to the Kidney Thieves. Discovered their music in this movie with the song Before I'm Dead. It plays as the two of them are walking off together in the end.

Too bad the movie didn't follow the book, tho. Townsend can be seriously hot. In fact, the only thing I liked about The League of Extraordinary Men was his character. "I'm complicated," he said.

Kelli McBride said...

Genes - us!? Romance writers? Well, if output indicates intent, then you are definitely one, but I, alas, am sadly behind.

Rinda - I agreee that Townsend was the only thing worth watching in that dismal League movie. However, I was quite disappointed in the NIGHT STALKER series revival. It was not scary, it was not spooky, and Townsend was so low key as to be personality-less. I know the producers were trying for an X-Files feel, but they just didn't make it.

Rinda Elliott said...

I had to give up on that show, too. You're right, it isn't scary. And I much prefer Townsend when he's a strutting bad boy. heh heh

Michele said...

Wow, The Night Stalker already bombed? I never even got to see one episode. guess I didn't miss much. That's good.

Kelli, I had no idea that my mentioning Road to Perdition would spark such a beautiful, poignant and touching reply. It almost brought ME to tears. You wrote it well, from the heart. It touched mine.
Just think though. The night before Easter and the day of the resurrection. That is deep.
Gives me the chills. In a good way. Seems that there is something mystical and wonderous in her passing into the light at that time.
It makes me pause with respect.

Kelli McBride said...

Michele, I agree about Grandma's dying at that time - her favorite time of the year. She said she was ready to go, and once she made up her mind to do something, there was no persuading her otherwise.

Jill Monroe said...

The actor is amazing!