Queen of the Damned

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Queen of the Damned is a 2002 film based on the novels The Vampire Lestat and The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice.

Written by Anne Rice (novels) and Scott Abbott (screenplay). Directed by Michael Rymer.
The Mother Of All Vampires.


  • [At start and voice over] There comes a time for every vampire when the idea of eternity becomes momentarily unbearable. Living in the shadows, feeding in the darkness with only your own company to keep, rots into a solitary, hollow existence. Immortality seems like a good idea, until you realize you're going to spend it alone. So I went to sleep, hoping that the sounds of the passing eras would fade out, and a sort of death might happen. But as I lay there, the world didn't sound like the place I had left, but something different. [rock music starts] Better. It became worthwhile to rise again as new gods were born and worshipped. Night and day, they were never alone. I would become one of them. [feeds on pimp] Whether it was that first meal, or a hundred years of rest, I'm not sure. But suddenly I was feeling better than ever. My senses so high they led me straight to the instrument of my resurrection, playing in my old house.
  • We are the powerful, we are the immortal! We should walk fearless in the open!
  • From that moment on, they were my friends, my children, my band. Giving the world a new god... me.
  • Many times since then I've called for Marius, but there was no answer. Just the endless precession of days, months, years... My teacher left me to my darkest lesson, that in the end, we are alone, and there is nothing but the cold, dark wasteland of eternity.
  • [in a TV interview cast worldwide, talking to all the vampires listening] Come out, come out, wherever you are.
  • (To Jessie) Well, I can fix that.
  • It was hard to believe these beings were mortal -- so confident in their skin. Everything in my body wanted to be with them. I couldn't help myself.
  • The question provoked an irresistible urge...I am the vampire Lestat. It just rolled out of my mouth. With one simple sentence I had betrayed everything about my kind. Betrayed our code of secrecy.
  • After calling one stone tomb home sweet home for so long, I like to experience as much diversity as I can. Wouldn't you?
  • Maybe I'm trying to resurrect a few old friends with my words. Daring them to come out.
  • I impressed my maker with my thirst for things. He set out to educate me in the unknown. Taught me all about the world, its hidden history... and about myself
  • Humanity? (snort) We're murderers.
  • My senses run amok, like a newborn child. And as for my new powers,I was beside myself with the pleasure of it all...
  • But why must we hide, Marius? We are the powerful, we are the immortal. We should walk fearless in the open
  • The faces of my victims haunted me, rising behind my eyes, reminding me of my fate... I played for days trying to expel the last bit of my human feelings... and face the cold, dark wasteland of eternity...
  • Well, Talamascan, you're certainly a very clever librarian, aren't you?
  • How sad, you people always trying to know the unknowable... So, was it a good read? My diary.
  • Live and let live.
  • Come, let me show you what it means to live in the light.
  • Such reverence for mortals! Then you should have left me as one!
  • This may be painful for a mortal. You're still attached to your skin.


  • Join me or die!
  • I have come to give you the world.
  • I would like for you to kill her. (To Lestat, regarding Jessie)
  • See my children, remember your real family, or join hers.
  • You kill me, you kill yourselves.
  • There is no such thing as love. Only proofs of love.
  • Just the same, I'd like you to kill her. For me
  • You still think to challenge me, Maharet?
  • You've just earned your crown.
  • They have learned more efficient ways to slaughter. Nothing more. (venomous) You think you can change my will? I'm tired of this... discussion. Join me, or die.
  • Oh, I've been listening for a long, long time. And all I can hear is ignorance and stupidity.
  • Yes, In the shadows. In silence. In shame. All for what? For respect of mortals? They are nothing to us. They are only... food.
  • Then we shall change it back.
  • Maharet, you're looking very well. You will address my king first...
  • My children... it warms my heart to see you all gathered, plotting against me.
  • Come, my king. We have a score to settle.
  • They believed in nothing, now they are nothing. But you and I will change all that. We will give the world something to believe in
  • We live everywhere and anywhere we choose. The world is our garden.
  • You have yearned for a companion to share eternity. You have cried out to the world. I have answered your call
      • R.I.P Aaliyah***


  • She takes pleasure in only one thing: destroying life.
  • Appreciate your prey. [While teaching Lestat how to kill]


Lestat: But I never understood until I met you.
Jessie: What do you mean?
Lestat: You’re beautiful to me because you’re human. Your frailty, your short years, your heart; even as you think it’s breaking. All that seems suddenly more precious than anything I’ve ever known.
Jessie: I’m not as precious as you think.

Lestat: How did you manage to slip through the 50's in red velvet?
Marius: I slept.
Lestat: You didn't miss much.
Marius: ...Elvis.
Lestat: Elvis, yes.

Jesse: Boo.
Lestat: Boo back.

Lifestyle Journalist: Do you have anything you want to say to the other vampires listening out there?
Lestat: Yes, as a matter of fact, I do.
Lifestyle Journalist: What is that?
Lestat: Come out, come out, wherever you are.

Lestat: I don't have time for this.
Jessie: All a vampire has is time.
Lestat: Not this one!

Jessie: Thanks.
Lestat: For what?
Jessie: You saved me.
Lestat: How presumptuous.

Lestat: Well, that makes you a very clever librarian, Talamascan. I knew I left that journal somewhere. So, was it a good read?
Jessie: It touched me.
Lestat: Did it now? Don't worry, Jessie. Your kind never satisfied my thirst.

Akasha: You're bold like your music. You live your life in the open like I did, long ago, when I had a king.
Lestat: Had a king?
Akasha: He is no more. Now you are my consort.

Lestat: A London goth. It's funny. I would have pegged you for a Talamascan.
Jessie: Maybe in another lifetime.
LA Groupie: I'm an a Episcopalian!
Roger: And I'm a friggin Buddhist. Uh, Lestat...
Lestat: Roger, would you take our little Episcopalian back to church?

Lestat: Boo. That was quite a preformance. You should learn to be more careful. So, you know Marius?
Jessie: I know a lot of things.
Lestat: Not how to stay alive, apparently.
Jessie: O, I guess we have that in common, though I think I'm a little ahead of the race, here.
Lestat: Well, I can fix that.
Jessie: Your song "Redeemer" is about the girl with the violin?
Lestat: Yes. And what else do you think you know?
Jessie: You want...
Lestat: What do I want?
Jessie: You yearn...
Lestat: What do I yearn... what do I yearn...
Jessie: To walk with the living... out of the cold dark waste land of eternity.
Lestat: Very good, Talamascan. I knew I left that journal somewhere.

Lestat: Akasha!
Akasha: Why so surprised to see me, my love. You've called, I've come.
Lestat: My love?

Marius: In all those years I've kept them not once have they moved.
Lestat: Not until tonight, and she chose me.
Marius: I chose you.

Club Vampire: Fancy him do you?
Akasha: He reminds me of someone.
Club Vampire: Well all he's going to remind you of is a pile of bone. We're going to dismember him, bleed him dry.
Akasha: Really? Is that what you're going to do?

David Talbot: Can I ask...?
Jessie: What's it like?
David Talbot: Yes.
Jessie: Do you want to find out?
David Talbot: Me? No, no - I'm too old to live forever.

[Maharet has just become a living statue]
Armand: She drank Akasha's last drop. She took Akasha's death into herself.
Marius: No, she sleeps

Journalist: Yes, but these other vampires, aren't they going to be pissed off at you giving away their secrets?
Lestat: Mmmmm... I imagine they are... Yes...!

Marius: You are the damnedest creature! You make me think of the old story about Alexander The Great. He wept when there where no more worlds to conquer. Will you weep when there are no more rules to break?
Lestat:Ah, but there are always rules to break.


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