I was a teenager back in the mid-eighties when The Lost Boys was released. My parents in Texas wouldn’t let me watch horror movies (definitely not new ones at the time), so every summer when I would go to my father’s house in Illinois I would catch up on everything I had missed all year long. Basically, I would watch HBO and Cinemax all night catching everything I possibly could. Sometimes I’d watch the movies more than once a day. Well, the original Lost Boys was one of those movies.
When the first sequel, Lost Boys: The Tribe, came out I was so excited. Most people hate it, but I still don’t think it was that bad. I was bummed that Corey Haim wasn’t in the whole thing but thought that his cameo at the end was awesome. Haim’s character being a vampire opened up so many possibilities for a third (and better) film. I kept my fingers crossed and waited to hear an announcement about another sequel. The news came and it was revealed that Corey Haim would not be doing Lost Boys 3, but was interested in getting involved in a fourth installment. Original Frog Brother Jamison Newlander would be returning, however. I just kept holding on to hope that Haim and the producers would come around and the vampire-hunting trio from the original would somehow come together for the third film. Well, as everyone knows by now, the sudden death of Corey Haim dashed any hopes of the gang getting back together ever again to fight more bloodsuckers.
All this brings us to the point of this article. Lost Boys: The Thirst has finally seen the light of day. I’m sure the question everyone out there is asking with reluctance is this one: “Is this sequel any better than the first one?” My answer is definitely yes. Now I’m not going to go so far as to say this is as good as the original. That will just never be able to be accomplished. The first movie has a certain charm and magic that only those cast members and the 80s could achieve. I can say that it comes a whole lot closer than The Tribe did.
Lost Boys: The Thirst picks up the story “as the lost boys and girls of San Cazador prepare to party under the Blood Moon, and an alpha vampire conspires to turn these unsuspecting ravers into an army of undead. The only thing that stands between him and the annihilation of the entire human race is the infamous vampire fighting Frog Brothers. Armed with double-barrel holy water balloon launchers and multi-arrow crossbows, Edgar (Corey Feldman) and Alan Frog (Jamison Newlander) join forces to kick some blood-sucker butt again.”
You can totally tell that director Dario Piana (The Deaths of Ian Stone) and script writers Evan Charnov and Hans Rodionoff (Man-Thing, Lost Boys: The Tribe, The Skulls II) are big fans of the original Lost Boys. it shows through the way the original characters from the first film are mentioned and addressed. They go to great lengths to pay tribute to Corey Haim in the film through a lot of flashbacks. Edgar Frog even visits Haim’s character’s gravesite at one point and leaves a copy of Batman #14 there. Super-fans of the original will remember Haim was looking for the last copy of that issue when he met the Frog Brothers for the first time in their comic book shop.
Corey Feldman embraces the character of Edgar Frog in the same charming overly-dramatic way that he always has. Jamison Newlander picks up the role of Alan Frog again and you can feel his excitement to be back onscreen and having a good time. Tanit Phoenix does a great job playing the character of Gwen Lieber who writes romantic teen vampire novels like Twilight. Casey B. Dolan plays Edgar’s tomboy friend, Zoe, who just wants to help and obviously has feelings for him as well.
I have to say that the special effects in Lost Boys: The Thirst, are pretty well-done. Whether it’s the vampires jumping out of a flying plane through the air and landing feet first on the ground or just them tearing someone’s neck open to drink, the FX house has succeeded in their job. This definitely doesn’t look like direct-to-DVD budget special effects, that’s for sure.
There’s really only two things that bother me about Lost Boys: The Thirst. The vampires are pretty much interchangeable. There’s nothing unique about any of them that gives them individual characteristics. Also, there is some nudity which I feel just cheapens the production. The first film was successful without any of that, so why does this one need it? These are really the only problems I have with The Thirst.
Lost Boys: Thirst is a lot of fun and proves to be quite entertaining. While it doesn’t hold a candle to the original movie, it does a very good job at standing on it’s own. Fans of The Lost Boys will enjoy this sequel much more than they did The Tribe.
Lost Boys: The Thirst has been released in a single disc regular DVD format and single disc Blu-ray format. The Blu-ray disc has featurettes which include What is the Thirst?, How to Kill a Vampire with Edgar Frog, Charisma Carpenter Hosts The Art of Seduction: Vampire Lore, and The Return of the Frog Brothers Hosted by Corey Feldman. The specs on the disc are AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Widescreen format; English language; and 1.77:1 Aspect Ratio. The regular DVD format package just has the Charisma Carpenter Hosts The Art of Seduction: Vampire Lore featurette and has the following specifications – Color, Dolby, DVD, Widescreen, NTSC format; English language; and 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio.
You can get the Blu-ray version here.
You can get the regular DVD here.