THE LOST BOYS: THE THIRST
MOVIE: ** (out of 5)
DVD EXPERIENCE: *1/2 (out of 5)
BY KEVIN CARR
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
The story of the Frog Brothers continues with Edgar Frog (Corey Feldman) continuing his quest to kill vampires. He is approached by a woman seeking help to find her brother, who she believes to be with a pack of vampires. She lets Edgar in on a secret that a new drug being handed out at raves around the area is actually a vial of vampire blood, which will turn all the partygoers into bloodsuckers. Edgar goes on the offensive, eventually enlisting the help of his brother Alan (Jamison Newlander), who has been recently brought into the legions of the undead.
WHAT I LIKED
I was a teenager when the first “The Lost Boys” came out, so I was the perfect age to become a fan of the film. It has apparently created a legacy that extends to direct-to-video sequels. I’m okay with this for several reasons. First, a decent vampire tales (read as: one in which we don’t fall in love with them and want to kiss, kiss, marry them after whining about it for three movies) is always welcome in my book. Second, it’s nice to see Corey Feldman earning an honest wage.
I never saw the first sequel, but it’s not hard to jump in with this film. It has some decent action, some pretty cool fight scenes and enough blood and boobs to keep my eyes on the screen. Likewise, there’s a certain level of irreverence the film has with Corey Feldman poking fun at himself with lines like “All reality TV is staged.”
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
While it’s fun to watch in a pinch, don’t mistake my praise above for a declaration that “Lost Boys: The Thirst” is a great film. It’s not. It’s fine for a direct-to-video sequel, but on the whole it is a bucket of cheese.
Feldman is looking kinda old, and he’s no longer the cute and out-of-place Edgar Frog from the original film. Yeah, the guy needs a paycheck, but I’m not sure how many more of these sequels I would enjoy. If this goes down the line of the “Hellraiser” sequels from a few years back, it will get tedious fast.
The DVD comes with a featurette about vampires hosted by the lovely Charisma Carpenter called “The Art of Seduction: Vampire Love,” which seems more as a cheap grab for fans of “Twilight,” “The Vampire Diaries” and “True Blood” than anything of relevance to this movie.
WHO’S GOING TO LIKE THIS MOVIE
People who can’t get enough of Corey Feldman.