Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Blood Is Thicker Than Holy Water - Lost Boys : The Tribe

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The direct to dvd sequel to 1987's horror classic The Lost Boys hit retailers last Tuesday. The Tribe has been given awful reviews across the board, but is it really all that bad?

Lost Boys : The Tribe centers around a brother and sister, Chris and Nicole (who are apparently the children of Jason Patric and Jami Gertz' characters from the original although its never really made clear), who move to the small beach town of Luna Bay, California for a fresh start. While there they encounter Shane (Angus Sutherland) and his coven of vampires. Nicole falls for Shane and, after accidently drinking his blood, is turned into "half a vampire." Nicole's life can still be salvaged if Shane is killed before she makes her first kill. In comes Edgar Frog (Corey Feldman) to save the day and Chris goes under cover as a suck monkey to kill Shane and spare his sister from a life of vampirism.

I have never really had too much of a connection to the Lost Boys. I'm more of a Near Dark kinda guy. It probably has something to do with the fact that I was never exposed to Lost Boys as a youth. It's not a part of my childhood and I figured that would help me enjoy this one for what it was without getting too bent out of shape about my childhood being tainted. And I was right. Amidst the outpouring of hate and badmouthing for this film, i'm here to say I bloody enjoyed it!

Corey Feldman is the only one from the original cast who has returned for this one. Corey Haim and Jamison Newlander (Alan Frog) both shot scenes for it, but were both cut. Haim appears very briefly during the end credit sequence and he and Jamison both appear in the alternate endings, but more on that later. Kiefer Sutherland has been replaced with half brother Angus Sutherland, and he doesn't exactly fill big half bros shoes. Corey Feldman is definetly the stand out in this movie. They do a really good job of building him up/sucking him off so that by the time he appears a half hour into the film, we've been itching to see that pretty face and hear that rough Christian Bale as Batman voice. Feldman is incredibly hammy and incredibly entertaining, as always. From his cheesy one liners to his "Frog Juice", a concoction of garlic, holy water, and raw eggs which he drinks down (working on a Frog Juice Lost Boys 2 drinking game, don't worry), Feldman is consistently amusing. I just wish there was more of him. The spots without Feldman are markably less interesting then those with him. He looks great too. No homo. It looks as if he hasn't aged a day since 1987.

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Tom Savini even makes a suprise brief cameo in the badass opening to the film. You can't help but love Savini, I just wish he had a bigger role in the movie.

The gore in the movie is suprisingly very well done, although I wouldn't have minded more of it. My only complaint is that there are times where the movie tries a little too hard to be cool and hip where they almost lost me, but it never becomes too ridiculous. It's no Lost Boys, but The Tribe is certaintly worth a rent for fans of the original.

Lets face it, this is a sequel to a horror film made over 20 years ago. What more do you really want other then to be entertained? The Tribe and its cast never take the film too seriously, and neither should you! I was looking to be entertained, and that's exactly what I got. Lost Boys 2 delivers on that front. Leave it alone.

Here are the two alternate endings to the film which feature Jamison Newlander and Corey Haim, which are both better then the ending that made the cut :

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There have already been talks of a second sequel which will feature Haim and Feldman back in action. I say bring it on!

Pick up the dvd from Amazon to the right of your screen!

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