Queen of the Damned

I am rapidly losing my patience (again). This one should have been made in the '80s... and LEFT there.

THE HUNGER said it all in 1983 as far as goth vampires and loud soundtracks went. But THAT one had real actors and a real director to go with the package. This thing--nothing but music video this, music video that. There's the flashback footage--but there's nothing there that Neil Jordan didn't do better with the original INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE (which I liked, despite the fact that the book had bored me to tears). As for the modern stuff--we're supposed to be impressed and awed as Lestat poses, and poses, and poses some more. Oh, and he climbs walls and scampers across ceilings to make girls scream before he drops down to feed on them. As for Aaliyah? For a title character, she's barely in the film (understandable, of course, and I'm not going to take any cheap shots here)--but it certainly looked like she had the potential for a strong, staying presence. But I'm not sure the director thought so--he emphasizes her every entrance with loud music and pyrotechnics (yes, just like the WWF entrance of Kane, when you think about it) in an effort to stun you--to wow you.

Well, it DOESN'T WORK ANYMORE. I'm not saying that you can't make a good vampire film these days (and I still hold high hopes for BLADE 2), but spare me the Anne Rice approach to romance, spare me the awful music, spare me the black leather, and spare me the Six-Million-Dollar-Man sound effects when the rapidly-flitting vamps pop in and out of the scene.

Next up will be RESIDENT EVIL and BLADE 2, and the year's still young... but is it possible that for the time being that the best "horror" film of 2002 is freakin' DRAGONFLY?

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