Why try and condense two thick books into one slim motion picture? Queen of the Damned is based on Anne Rice’s novel of the same name, and The Vampire Lestat a 481 page behemoth of a book. Either story would have provided more than enough material for a film, instead we’re given only a taste of each, and a pretty bland one at that. In the title role is late R&B singer Aailyah in her final film performance. Too pretty to be truly evil, she undulates her way through her scant scenes, (she’s only in the movie for about 12 minutes) looking more like The Queen of the Darned, the sovereign of pesky.