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“Queen Of The Damned” With Aaliyah Coming Out On Blu-Ray DVD In Sept

"Queen Of The Damned" With Aaliyah Coming Out On Blu-Ray DVD In Sept

Warner Home Video has been throwing caution to the wind lately, and has been pretty aggressive announcing new blu-ray DVD releases of their older titles, from the 1970’s to the early 2000’s.

And now, adding one more to the list, is the 2002 horror film Queen of the Damned, which will come out on blu-ray/DVD on Sept 18th.

The film starred Aaliyah as Queen Akasha “an ancient immortal set on world world domination.” (Well somebody’s got to do it)

O.K., so no one would call this film great, or even good for that matter. In fact it’s downright stupid. Though one could argue, to be kind, that they were intentionally going for a “campy” tone.

But you’ll recall that it was Aaliyah’s final movie, having died in a horrific plane crash just months before the film’s release.

And one has to wonder what kind of film career she might have had, if she lived.

Here’s the trailer:

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Definitely campy. And definitely could serve as one long extended KORN music video. Or something. I had issue with the adaptation. It did NO JUSTICE to the book which is, I feel, the best of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles…or one of the best. This flick barely touched on the depth found in the novel…the HISTORY. But whatever. I was happy with Aaliyah's casting, even though the rest of the world wasn't. Ironically enough many believe Akasha, EGYPTIAN WOMAN that she was, to have been light as a white feather, coming straight out of Cairo. C'mon, son! She was okay in the role. Wish I could have seen more of her acting in other roles. RIP.

Roxe Jones

Stupid? Don't think so — QOTD rocked. (Maybe S&A just isn't into vampire flix?) Either way, can we elevate the level of analysis? What'll be really interesting is to see home-viewing audience reception to this film in the "Twilight" era. The fact that the vampire queen was black, and to see her wielding power early the way she does early on is something —- strictly from an *image* perspective — that vampire content does not even allude to now. Certainly not lily-white Twilight and even in TrueBlood, none of the powerful vamps are of color. When the genre transcended race, as in this film, it really added the dimension of otherworldliness to the mix. Now the fact that she ended up like she did….is another matter. Nevertheless, the vampire genre clearly resonates with people big time (for whatever reasons), and clearly QOTD is a deviation from the vampire genre status quo in a HUGE way.


Worst. Movie. Ever. And Aaliyah was terrible. Who would want this on blu-ray?

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