LOST BOYS: THE THIRST Review

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We can finally forget about The Tribe. Lost Boys: The Thirst is what a follow up to The Lost Boys should be. That’s not saying it’s anywhere near the level of the 1987 Joel Schumacher classic. Far from it. But when news broke that sequels to The Lost Boys were going straight to DVD, a drop in quality was a forgone conclusion. Our only hope was that the films tied into the original, paid respectful homage to it and included a bunch of dumb fun. Lost Boys: The Tribe didn’t. The Thirst, on the other hand, does and there by cleanses the palate of its awful predecessor. It’s not a “good movie” but it’s fun and Lost Boys fans can breath a sigh of relief that this third film attempts, and mostly succeeds, to do right by them. Hit the jump to read our exclusive review before it hits Blu-ray October 12.

the_lost_boys_the_thirst_poster_01Lost Boys: The Thirst, directed by Dario Piana, once again stars Corey Feldman as Edgar Frog, a now total loser who is being evicted from his trailer and hasn’t seen his brother Alan (Jamison Newlander) in years after he was turned into a vampire. Things turn around when a famous tween vampire novelist named Gwen Lieber (Tanit Phoenix) propositions Edgar to help find her brother Peter (Felix Mosse) who has been kidnapped by a group of vampires. Those same vampires happen to throw raves and hand out vampire blood posing as a drug, there by creating an unstoppable army of vampire club kids. Frightening. Frog, of course, agrees to help Lieber find her brother.

Obviously, this plot is total bare bones, direct to DVD nonsense. But the whole story is really secondary to the film’s need to poke fun at not only itself, but also its roots and genre. First there’s the author Gwen Lieber, a Stephenie Meyer clone (if Meyer were a swimsuit model) whose sole purpose is to let Frog bash the lovey dovey, Twilight vampire stuff in pop culture today. Then there’s an over the top reality star named Lars Von Goetz, (Stephen van Niekerk) who becomes a punching bag for the fallacies of reality television, such as Feldman’s own The Surreal Life and The Two Coreys. The best stuff, though, are the references to the original film. We don’t want to spoil too much but they are actually scenes from the first movie in The Thirst and one of the four in print Batman #14’s makes an appearance. The script even comes up with a way to cover Corey Haim’s death and the fact that none of the other characters from the first film appear in the sequels. None of this is brain surgery by any means, but it’s nice to know someone thought about it and put it in there.

the_lost_boys_the_thirst_poster_02The script’s self-awareness is both its strongest suit and biggest pitfall though. When the film is referencing pop culture, it’s light and fun but when it turns into a cheesy one liner fest, The Thirst can be painful. Obviously, the bad dialogue was a specific choice made by writers Evan Charnov and Hans Rodionoff but it gets to be a bit much. And because of it, Corey Feldman’s performance turns into a brooding joke. It ends up working for the character and this movie, but he’s more likely to hit the Razzies than the Oscars.

One very smart choice made with The Thirst was getting away from the pointless romance that The Tribe focused on. There is a love interest, a comic book clerk named Zoe, (yes, there is a comic book shop in the movie) played by Casey B. Dolan, but she takes a back seat to simple action and vampire killing. And while the climax of the film seems to go on a little bit too long, the final fight is highly entertaining in a Phantom Menace type of way with a bad ass exclamation point on the end. The coda leaves a little something to be desired but at least it attempts to spin The Lost Boys franchise into a different direction. Whether it needs that or not is a whole other issue.

With Haim gone and Joel Schumacher, Jami Gertz, Dianne Wiest, Jason Patric and others nowhere to be found, Corey Feldman and fellow Frog brother Jamison Newlander do about as good a job as possible with the talent assembled for Lost Boys: The Thirst. They’ve created an entertaining Lost Boys sequel with a B-movie sensibility. It’s passable, watchable action packed schlock that will keep true fans of the series smiling.

Lost Boys: The Thirst hits Blu-ray and DVD on October 12.




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  • Hugocagnolini

    The funny thing is that “the 1987 Joel Schumacher classic” wasn’t all that amazing either… was just one fun 80′s horror movie that ended up greatly overrated.

  • Giomets154575

    The First Lost Boys Is Awesome !!!!!!!! Are You Nuts !!!!! You can Never recreate that atmosphere and that great Cast , Gotta Love The Characters Jason Patrick and Kiefer Sutherland and The Frog Brothers were just secondary characters and thats what made it great and also a Fantastic Soundtrack ! and trust me i hate Twilight !!

  • Droncz92

    So Corey Haim is not in this one I take it?

  • Droncz92

    So Corey Haim is not in this one I take it?

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  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/GHB4QO3563AXBMU6XIZH3C3P24 Aquariasm

    Bummer. I wanted to see it in the theatres…

  • Junior Wadd

    I’m one of the minority tha actually finds LOST BOYS: THE TRIBE a decent movie. I own 2 copies (R and Unrated Versions) on DVD and a digtal copy. ‘Nuff said.

  • Scorpioforce

    Casey B. Dolan is a horrible actress. Every scene with her is painful to watch.

  • Holly

    I LOVED it! Honestly we could have done without Lost Boys 2: The Tribe. Lost Boys 3: The Thirst flowed nicely from the original right into this one. Where as The Tribe did nothing to tie in the first Lost Boys, The Thirst was completely opposite. It constantly reminded you that Edgar Frog was lonely. We watched his pain as flashbacks of his brother & Sam from the first Lost Boys played 4 or 5 times throughout the movie. And because my boyfriend & I watched Lost Boys before watching Lost Boys 3, we got the, not wanting to sell comic book Batman 14 significance, even before the movie showed you the flashback explaining his connection to the comic. There was even talk about The Emerson Family, including former half vampires Michael, Star & Laddie. Although some things could have been done better, I was satisfied with this as a Lost Boys movie. Definitely 4 out of 5 stars and a must see for anyone who loved the original Lost Boys.

  • Ha

    I heard more growling from corey feldman than I did from the vampires , the plot was weak casting sucked ‘no pun intended’ I think it could have been so much more but matbe I missed the point or something. an early scene when the vampires jump from the plane convices you that you are going to be in for something amazing but really lets you down. sorry but me no like e.

    • Ha

      my spelling sucks too sorry

  • Richardcard82

    I just rented this lastnight on my Xbox 360 and like holly said it wasnt a bad sequel at all…. the references it made to the first movie was a good touch…. brings back memories of Sam and frog brothers together…. and i also agree with what holly said about the Batman #14 referance … that flashback scene were Sam is talking about looking for the comic and showing edgar leaving the comic on his grave almost made want to cry a lil bit … just because i thought it was a very sincere action on edgars part on leaving it there…. and of course cause Haim is no longer around i thought it was very sad that hes gone…. Corey Feldman had mentioned in a interview that they had talked about doing another Lost Boys movie with all 3 of them…. not bad movie at all… yes the grunting of Corey Feldman was kinda over the top but the Lost Boys reference made up for it…

  • Echo5.0

    I think Corey Feldman was a good young actor in the 80′s especially in Stand By Me but since the 90′s and beyond he has lost his craft, he’s over acting in this and while there are some entertaining movies I was really disappointed as the trailer I saw a while ago looked like it would be an awesome movie, the flash backs were the best part and I do commend them for paying homage unlike The Tribe, if they make another one I hope it’s a complete reboot with a big budget, we already have the original and don’t need any more lesser sequels, and also Corey Haim was still alive when they finished shooting The Thirst, this was to explain why his character wasn’t in the movie as it was well known Corey Haim wouldn’t be doing it, R.I.P mate

  • Echo5.0

    I think Corey Feldman was a good young actor in the 80′s especially in Stand By Me but since the 90′s and beyond he has lost his craft, he’s over acting in this and while there are some entertaining moments I was really disappointed as the trailer I saw a while ago looked like it would be an awesome movie, the flash backs were the best part and I do commend them for paying homage unlike The Tribe, if they make another one I hope it’s a complete reboot with a big budget, we already have the original and don’t need any more lesser sequels, and also Corey Haim was still alive when they finished shooting The Thirst, this was to explain why his character wasn’t in the movie as it was well known Corey Haim wouldn’t be doing it, R.I.P mate

  • echo5.0

    I think Corey Feldman was a good young actor in the 80′s especially in Stand By Me but since the 90′s and beyond he has lost his craft, he’s over acting in this and while there are some entertaining moments it was hard to sit through, and I was really disappointed as the trailer I saw a while ago looked like it would be an awesome movie, the flash backs were the best part and I do commend them for paying homage unlike The Tribe, if they make another one I hope it’s a complete reboot with a big budget and a strong new cast, we already have the original and don’t need any more lesser sequels, Corey Haim added a great lightness to the original and that’s why I still think it’s a classic, his scenes with Feldman and Newlander were great and the frog bros were secondry so it wasn’t over kill, R.I.P Corey Haim from an Australian fan *This is just my opinion before anyone wants to tear me a new one so just take it as that*

    • echo5.0

      I know there’s 3 comments from me, the second one was to fix a spelling mistake and the third was cause I wanted to change it, this stupid fucking site doesn’t let you delete your own comments so that’s why there all still there and why I won’t come back here

      • Rickyfrc

        Echo. I can’t believe you invested all that thought and revision into a comment, so much work and nobody really cares a less. Sorry, but you bring shame and disgrace to all Australians.

  • Ellie_C

    I just happened to catch Lost Boys: The Thirst on Netflix and actually didn’t think it was too bad. I thought it was going to be just awful. The scenes between Corey and Jamison were actually quite good when they were arguing in the basement, and the homage to the original was very subtle. The cemetery scene was really poignant given that Haim just passed away last year and this movie was done before that. Plus the special effects really weren’t half bad. It’s a little campy in parts, but worth seeing.

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