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Admittedly, I didn't really expect much at all when I heard that a straight-to-DVD sequel to the cult classic vampire film The Lost Boys had been made. There was a certain appeal from the fact that Corey Feldman had returned, but this is a film still sorely missing the charm and sense of fun of the original, as well as, of course, lacking Corey Haim (who only makes a quick cameo appearance in this film).
I grew up with The Lost Boys and so it is certainly a cultural milestone of sorts to me, yet the fact that this stars one of the original film's stars makes it harder to write off, because it implies that this is a film approved by the original cast. The protagonist is a rather douchey surfer kid, Chris, who has moved to town with his sister, Nicole, but they soon realise that a clan of vampires are living there, led by Shane (Kiefer Sutherland's half-brother, Angus). After Nicole falls in line with the vampires, Chris must team up with legendary vampire hunter Edgar Frog (Feldman) to take down the clan once and for all and get his sister back.
The film has a brief novelty to it, with Feldman giving a decent performance in the role that made him famous, but this wears off after a while because the surrounding plot and its execution are so poor. There are a few fun moments but just not enough of them, and through and through this is a pale retread of a great film, given an odd stamp of authenticity by one of the original's co-stars, presumably because he has a condo to pay for...
Avoid this one unless you REALLY want to see Feldman again, because he's the bright spot in an otherwise pointless film.
I've never had a proper rant on this site but here goes. If you're a Lost Boys fan that hasn't seen this film you may have heard about how poor it is. Now lower you're expectations a notch lower - this film REALLY bites.
The plot follows the story of orphan brother and sister, Chris (Tad Hilgenbrink) and Nicole (Autumn Reeser) who move to the seaside town of Luna Bay. On their first day, Chris comes across fellow ex-surf star Shane Powers (Angus Sutherland) who invites them to a party that night. A few scenes later and you're introduced to one the many clichés of a crap film - the grand wild party. Y'know, the type of party you only ever see in films? There's the swish big house, what seems like every single young person in the neighbourhood turns up; ridiculous amounts of booze are consumed; a selection of obnoxious alcohol-fuelled guys are there; scantily clad women are dancing away and they even add in a pair of women snogging for extra flavour.
It is at this party that Nicole meets and falls for Shane. He takes her back to a bedroom where he continues to charm her and then gives her a drink of wine. In keeping with the original film, it turns out that this wine is somewhat 'adulterated'. You can then pretty much guess what comes next. Chris soon discovers that his sister is now somewhere between that of the living and the undead. He recruits the help of vampire hunter, Edgar Frog (Corey Feldman) and they attempt to devise a plan to save his sister by killing the head vampire. This means that Chris has to become acquainted with the vampire world more so than he may wish.
*~Who ordered the stake?~*
Everything about this film is drab - the characters, setting and, most of all, the story. It is of that overdone style of teen film that tries so hard to be slick and cool - hence the wild clichéd party. Moreover, it's a film with flimsy dialogue and dull story that tries to please viewers with swear words and nudity, especially female nudity. Now I'm not some old conservative biddy who's afraid of actors revealing flesh and sprouting profanity but it all seems to be a cheap attempt to boost a film that is essentially dull and little of it is progressive or necessary to the plot in any way.
The characters in this film are uninteresting and the acting quite wooden in places. I suppose if the dialogue was better this could mask this. However, there is very little personality to the characters of Chris and Nicole. The bad guy, Shane, isn't even worth comparing to Kiefer's David. I suppose they hoped Kiefer's half-bro (who plays Shane) may be able to bring them a character they could liken to the brilliantly evil David. Sure, Angus Sutherland is rather attractive but this seems to be the only thing going for this character.
Feldman's performance as Edgar Frog is possibly one of the major embarrassments of the film. The tough guy talk and voice of the teenage Edgar in the first film was amusing and really seemed to work with the general feel of the first film. However, using that same voice as a full-grown man, he just comes across as downright ridiculous. In all, I can only appreciate just how good the characters were in the 1987 film.
The script definitely does not help Feldman. It just seemed that, after a while, you were just waiting for his next unfunny, overblown line. Near the end he enters one scene brandishing a pair of cross-topped sharp instruments and yells: 'Hey - who ordered the stake?' This is a line that is so cringeworthy and most of the film doesn't seem to surpass this Christmas cracker level of humour. There is one rather funny line. On discovering she is a vampire, Nicole expresses her shock at the fact that she tried to drink someone's blood: 'Do you know how disgusting that is? I'm a vegetarian!' Yes, that's probably the height of humour in this dismal film. It really isn't the funny film that it should have been - the jokes are bad but not even bad enough to be good - it's just lame.
I hate the fact that this film is so over-stylised as well, as it attempts to be cooler than it should. This is another element that completely quashes any attempt at humour. The humour in the first film was very cheesey but it worked, particularly as they weren't afraid to let it all come across as goofy and silly. This film also lacks the colour and the vibrancy of the first film. Instead of carnivals, comic book stores and a sunken hotel you have a dusty warehouse, a desolate town and a shoddy house and a caravan. It's all a bit depressing really.
*~This film is lost on me...~*
I can't possibly understand what they were thinking when they made this film. Brought out in 2008, the 21st anniversary of 'The Lost Boys', it does very little to honour the original film. It takes away all the elements that made the first film so great - its humour, its quirkiness and its eccentric and strange characters. This film lacks personality, it lacks comedy, it lacks interesting people to watch - it lacks everything. The good thing about it is probably Aiden's cover of Cry Little Sister. Come to think of it actually, it doesn't even have a decent soundtrack.
I didn't expect this film to be all that great but I certainly didn't expect it to be as bad as it turned out to be. Lost Boys fans beware!
*~Thanks for reading my first rant~* :) x
*~Also published on Ciao - April 2009~*
Now, most people will find this 'sequel' to The Lost Boys a complete joke, and i would really not blame them. This film majorly lets down the original, and is downright ridiculous at times.
Chris (Tad Hilgenbrink) has just moved to Luna Bay to live with his sister, Nicole (Autumn Reeser) and is just settling in when he meets the charming Shane (Angus Sutherland) However, Shane and his pack of friends are actually a gang of vampires, and they have they're minds set on initiating both Chris and his sister, whom he is fiercely protective of, into the gang. Cue a fairly pathetic excuse for a movie....
Now, to me, the good thing about this film was that it was cheap entertainment, ie lots of blood, unnecessary nudity, and a plot that a braindead parrot could follow, and in a way this is sometimes nice when you just want to sit back and not concentrate much on what you're watching, such as when you're drunk, and fancy some background entertainment while you lie back on your pillow and try to sober up before the vomit comes....*cough*
However, it's simple charms are also its flaw. The plot is drivel, borrowing mainly from ideas used in the original, and there is clearly no originality in the brain of director P.J. Pesce, as this movie rolls on from one pointless, unintelligent scene to the next. Action and sex are used as stimulants to prop up the film, in the same way that ants prop up a hideous, dead, sewer rat that's died of obesity and wiltered in the gutter...
Kiefer Sutherlands half brother plays Shane, and it is clear that Angus Sutherland does not inherit any of his dad Donald's charm or acting ability. He is simply an actor because he has good looks and a family in the business, nothing more. This shows, as his twisted character is more like a sex starved creepy student rather than a sexy vamp leader.
Tad Hilgenbrink, who is most known as the star in American Pie Band Camp, is probably the only decent actor here, as he plays the torn and protective Chris with enough skill to make his character the only believable thing in the film.
Corey Feldman also appears here as Edgar Frog from the original, and his appearance is probably the worst thing about this film. His vampire slaying character is just plain silly, and about as convincing as a rabbit wearing a top that says i'm a rabbit whilst screaming "I'm a dog!" Now, 22 years ago when he was a child actor, his role as Edgar was i guess somewhat charming, as the little vampire hunter with a cold and blunt edge. But, aged 36, he just instead seems like the creepy guy at the candyfloss stall leering at children. In other words, he's creepy. A fully grown man talking in a ridiculous voice and wearing a bandana is just stupid, and completely removes any lingering respect i had for the movie.
If i could go back in time, i would rather let an STD ridden badger maul my face and urinate over my phone rather than sit through this movie again!
Well, it wasn't that bad...but i do love my comparisons.....
I would recommend this film to anyone who just wants some silly cheap trash to watch. It isn't so bad a movie if you haven't seen the original, and is then good silly nonsense with the originality of a primary school nativity play.
I looked forward to seeing this sequel to a cult 80s film .... and it was ok.
The first movie is still far cooler and more cult, but I'm older too now.
The gore of this one was certainly dark enough along with the general update of the effects. However, gore should not be the driving element, only the possibility. There is even a lot of charisma in Angus Sutherland's vampire and some good moments, but what is missing in greater style in the film-making and intrigue. The vampires as surfers was an interesting idea, so this could have been better embellished.
After half-way things begin to get weak. Edgar Frog is still good to see, but his character is just not altered enough. And things feel rushed. There is no economy of dialogue, where his lines could be either much more loaded or at first, perhaps wildly eccentric, with lots of stories to tell since the first movie.
It is surprising that since the same people wrote the script, they have not made it as intriguing or fun.... ie...how are there more vampires since the first movie?? ...Who might really have been the head vampire in this one (Sam maybe??) How did Alan Frog die ? The end becomes disappointing and the project rather wasted, because of a weak finale, with no cleverness. It's as though they wanted this movie to work completely on its own again for a new generation, without making more intriguing connections and opening the franchise up.
...Or without making a whole lot more style and tension in the concept.
Also, the humor is even weaker here, where the old movie managed to combine it all into a real comic-book movie.
So .... not great. Although they did manage a bit of entertainment.
And this film has been successful, to a degree that there is another film in the pipeline. What can they revive now?? They have a lot of work to do ...
I was born in the 80's and had older brothers and sisters so the films I watched as a child were not particularly suitable for my age group most of the time. The Lost Boys was one of those films that I watched and enjoyed, all of the rude parts went over my head as when I re watched it as an adult I could not remember any of the relationship between the woman and the older brother (for those of you who watched it!)
Anyhow, seeing a Lost Boys 2 on my dvd rental site I thought I would add it on for nostalgia's sake. Decided to watch it last night. Straight away we see a bunch of possibly early 20's lads night surfing and soon discover when they in a very gruesome way kill another vampire that they are all vampires.
Cut to a brother and sister moving to town and quickly getting invited to the surfer vampires beach party to discover the brother knows one of the vampires and happens to have a bad history with him. The sister and the head vampire - funnily enough played by another Sutherland lad!!! take a liking to one another and he gets her to drink some of his blood from a bottle, thus turning her into a half vampire.
Here in the film is where Corey Fieldman - Frogg turns up as a vampire slayer/surfboard shaper. He tells the brother he must destroy the head vampire before his sister feeds/kills someone and then she will not turn into a full vampire. To do this he must get in with the tribe but not become a full vampire himself.
Not going to spoil the rest of the film, but if you are looking for a funny /meant to be horror/ nostalgic film this one is definitely for you. I did enjoy it and found the bloody and gruesome parts not too gruesome and in a way it was a so bad it was good sort of film!
Well I finally got around to watching this second installment from my Lost Boys Boxset and though this attempt at a sequel is not great and not a patch on the original, I do think it isn't a bad attempt to bring an eighties classic right up to the noughties!!
Lost Boys;The Tribe sees a brother and sister arriving at a small coastal resort, where ex-professional surfers have come to rest, and taking up residence with a distant relative. Little do they realise that the increase in local disappearances in the town is due to an infestation of vampires who are slowly consuming the resort. Luckily Edgar Frog, board-shaper and part-time vampire hunter, (played by Corey Feldman as the only returning cast member though Keither Sutherland's little-known brother also stars as the newest head vamp) is on hand to help kick ass when the stakes are raised!! (Groan)
The film is basically a re-hash of the first movie with a slightly less-impressive climax and comes across as Point Break meets Dusk Till Dawn. Whether it is meant to be tongue-in-cheek or a serious attempt is entirely up to interpretation but certainly you get the feeling that Feldman's best days are behind him. (Remember him in the Tom Hanks vehicle The 'burbs?)
Everyone knows he has had his drug addiction problems and good on him for beating his personal demons, but here Feldman's first dozen lines are a direct sample from his performance in the first film and he sounds as though he has been downing razor blades with a malboro/ paracetamol chaser. He also looks like a washed-up ex druggie and at times almost on deaths door; much more convincing would have been his performance as a vampire.
What happened to Frog's hippy parents, who owned the comic store in the first flick, or his brother or what went on to happen to Corey Haim is a back-story that is never fully explained outside of the extra features but you get the impression that if a Lost Boys 3 ever gets commissioned then this is the story they will be going with. By all accounts, Corey Haim was supposed to be in this film but his late appearances and drugged state lead to his role being dropped outside of the closing credits. Watching these and the extras is an experience because, if it were at all possible, Haim looks worse than Feldman. It is a real tragedy that two of my generations biggest eighties teen stars should have fallen so low but that, as they say, is the price of fame!
Special effects are okay, the soundtrack equally so though the remix of Cry little sister from the first film is very,very welcome. In fact the whole movie acts like it's trying to relive those glory days of the first film and that ultimately is precisely why it fails. If it had tried to be a film on it's own merits or had gone full-blown and followed up on what happened in the umpteen years after the last film, then that would've been a much better movie. Instead, this tries to tread some sappy middle ground that results in a sequel that is okay but nothing more, nothing less.
The vampires are nowhere near as cool, in fact two of them are complete dorks- as big as doofus as you are ever going to get in the undead and quite rightly deserve all that befalls them- and the whole Jim Morrisson influence is very obviously missing though Angus Sutherland plays a very convincing role and is the most beleviable of all the characters- Edgar Frog included.
How Frog never realises there is a hoarde of vampires living on his doorstep again until the newcomers arrive is never satisfyingly explained and the whole film just feels as though its trying so hard to be something it's not; and that is a worthy sequel of which this is nowhere near!!
Overall, this is okay so-so but nothing special and big old-skool fans are gonna feel a little cheated and a tad disappointed. Sometimes, films from the eighties should remain just that- this is worth a watch but only if theres nothing better on....
Im a big fan of the original lost boyes i was a teenager when it came out and its always been regarded by me and my mates as a clasic cult film so i had high hopes when this film was released.
I love the touvh to it that in the very beggining of the film the vampire is one of the guys from dusk till dawn who gets turned intoa vampire lol what a great move.
The main story is similar to the original with a brother and sister moving in with there aunt ater there mother dies,it doesnt take long before they get involved with the local vampire pack.
Quite early on you can see that the vampire effects have now vastly improved.Ilove that corey fieldman is bac in his original role it makes original fans want to watch also if you wait till the films credits are over i belive you can see corey haim back but this time hes a vamp god i wish they would make another with just those to in lol.
I think its a great film and more directed to people who have seen the original but i think they made it a little too much like the first.Most of the original cast are now well know actors i hope this film does the same for the new cast ,enjoy!
Having loved the first Lost Boys film I approached this sequel with a very pessimistic attitude. The Lost Boys is such a beloved classic of the vampire genre that any attempt at furthering the story was going to be a risky step but I thought the trailer looks ok, I'll give it a try. The first film involved two brothers who moved to a new town, overrun by teen vampires led by the fantastic and charismatic Kiefer Sutherland. The older brother Michael gets seduced into the vampire group and becomes half vampire and so with the aid of the hilarious comic book reading, vampire hunting Frog brothers they set about killing the head vampire and returning Michael to being human.
This second film takes a similar plot; brother and sister Chris and Nicole, played by Tad Hilgenbrink and Autumn Reeser, move to Luna Bay to be near their ecentric Aunt Jillian when they run out of money after their parents are killed in a car accident and Chris is thrown out of the surfing circuit. Here the pair meet Shane the ex-surfer head of the local group of bloodthirsty vampires, played by none other than Kiefer's younger half-brother Angus Sutherland. At a party Shane gives Nicole a drink, unbeknowst to her containing his blood, and so she begins her transition into a vampire and Chris' desperate struggle to save her with the help of Edgar Frog, Corey Feldman reprising his role from the first film. And Chris is willing to go to any lengths to save his sister, even becoming a vampire himself.
This film wasn't as bad as I was expecting, it was quite good fun and Angus Sutherland was very charismatic. The effects were obviously much better than those that were available in the eighties so the stunts and makeup are much more realistic but they have tended to use this as an excuse to make most of the film gratuitous gore, sex and 'look what cool things we can do with motorbikes' rather than actual plot and character development. There were quite a few nice little references to The Lost Boys, cameos from people in the first film and a new version of the recurring theme, Cry Little Sister and it was great to see the return of Edgar Frog but this wasn't really enough to save this movie from itself.
Overall this movie wasn't very good, too much time was taken up by unneccesary sex scenes and blood splattering. It's a shame really, this could have been much better, some of the cast were pretty decent and they had the wonderful original to draw from but the script and directing was sorely lacking. People expecting another great like The Lost Boys will be dissapointed.
To help mark the 21st anniversary of a horror classic, Lost Boys - The Tribe is a chance to revisit the feelings and emotions the original Lost Boys gave back in 1987. It's strange to write a review of a sequel to a movie that a large percentage of those reading this will either have not seen or not heard of The Lost Boys. For those who do remember the movie, you rather like me are probably a little bit surprised that it has taken 21 years for a follow on movie to appear.
After the death of their parents Chris (Tad Hilgenbrink) and Nicole (Autumn Reeser) settle down in a small part of district of Malibu under the watchful eye of their crazy aunt. Chris is a small time hero, a surfer with a well established following, so it's not surprising that Shane (Angus Sutherland) a mainstream surfing legend soon takes Chris under his wing. As Chris and Nicole attend a party at Shane's house, a sinister undercurrent sweeps the event. While Lisa makes moves on Chris, Shane makes his moves on Nicole, tonight one of these siblings will become a vampire, and only one man can save them, Edgar Frog (Corey Feldman).
If you saw and enjoyed the original Lost Boys I guess it will not be the biggest surprise that this straight to DVD movie offering is the palest of comparisons to the original, though let it not be said it could have been an awful lot worse. Except the movie as a standalone piece and you may very well enjoy this, expect a follow on from the original with equal charm and charisma then you'll get a rude awakening. Essentially Lost Boys - The Tribe is nothing more than a remake for a new generation, the story follows a very similar path, but because horror movie audiences have a stronger thirst for blood and a need for better effects things have dramatically moved on.
Thirty minutes in and your sat watching this poor man's horror film and pretty much giving up the will to live, but then in marches Corey Feldman looking exactly the same as he did 21 years earlier, there is some differences of course, he now talks like he has been gargling with razorblades, and he has been given some genuinely funny lines, rather than just being a general joke. In a fiery showdown towards the end of the movie where Chris is fighting three vampires Feldman's Edgar Frog marches in "Who ordered the stake?" he asks referring to the tool of death for a vampire rather than a lump of meat. With each new arrival on scene Feldman is given a typically similar cheesy quip that really endears the character to you. It's strange but at these moments, it is just like you're watching the original movie it does not matter if your original favourite Lost Boy was Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, or Alex Winter; the essence of the original Lost Boys is carried over on the shoulders of Feldman for every scene he inhabits. What could realistically have been a terrible car crash style mistake, actually for old fans of the original movie makes this the films only salvation.
For new viewers if you enjoy TV shows like Angel, The O.C. and Gossip Girl then this movie will be right up your street, a veritable mix of teen angst and vampire health issues. A heady cocktail of the three shows is shook up for you to deliver a new hybrid. It's not essential to new viewers to see the original movie and to be honest with you it does not even help; however watch this, and if you enjoy it invest in a copy of the original and see how it should work properly, and at the same time enjoy what made horror the must have movie accessory of 1987, just three years after the genre was considered dead. All these alternative from the traditional vampire type movies (like Dracula), owe a great debt to The Lost Boys.
There was something else about the original Lost Boys that made it such a smash, it was a bestselling soundtrack. While Lost Boys - The Tribe does not even attempt to match up to the power of the originals score, there is a wonderful rescoring of the hit song "Cry Little Sister"; if you had any doubt in the back of your mind that you were watching a Lost Boys sequel then this will remind you.
To keep up the family side newcomer from the Sutherland family Angus follows in the path of his father Donald, and brother Kiefer. In fairness there is not much to separate the performance of Kiefer and Angus, they both have that special Sutherland chemistry. The other little familiar addition sadly saw censorship, as fans of the reality TV show The Two Corey's will no doubt be aware fellow Lost Boy's original and semi-hero of the original movie Corey Haim was due to make an appearance. Sadly Haim over the years has abused himself through drugs, alcohol, and sexual disregard Corey Haim initially the more popular of the two Corey's had real problems with his lines (probably a dual meaning there). After cut after cut of Haim bungling his lines or being completely incoherent Haim was shown the door, with only one completed scene left in place. Fan's of these namesakes will be pleased to find that Haim's one completed scene is included in the movie, but as a special interlude during the final credits, turn off too quickly and you will miss this special scene, and the real tragedy is that Haim looks incredibly together, sadly had he been a little more on the money Lost Boys - The Tribe might well have been a very different movie.
The preview DVD I received had no special features, so I cannot tell you if there will be at the time of release in the UK on the 8th of September. The DVD will be available as a separate feature, or as a double bill with the original.
Spencer Hawken 07/08