Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Lost Boys : The Thirst - Less Gory, More Corey



As the lost boys and girls of San Cazador prepare to party under the Blood Moon, 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.

In addition to being a fan of the original Lost Boys, as most of you reading this probably are, I also dug the sequel that was released a few years back, Lost Boys : The Tribe, a sentiment that i'm a lot more alone on. I felt it was a fun movie, albeit a far cry from the original, but fun was really all I was looking for. And that's pretty much the same way I feel about this third installment in the franchise. It can never be compared to Schumacher's original, but in comparison to its predecessor it's perhaps even more fun, with a whole lot more Corey Feldman screentime being the force behind that increased level of entertainment. However, all good things come at a cost ...

The Thirst is both lacking in the stronger story of The Tribe as well as the gore level of that film, with the 'suck monkeys' not exploding and melting into ooey gooey messes like they did in the first two Lost Boys', but simply burning up and exploding into ash. It's kinda cool looking, but not nearly as cool as a bunch of blood and guts and it's a total departure from the depiction of a vamps death within the confines of this franchise. Liberties are also taken with the way the vampires look and sound, with them looking more like traditional movie bloodsuckers, sans the usual pronounced cheek and eyebrow look we've come to know, and sounding like lame-o demons, bad dubbing and all. But again, there's a lot more Feldman and a lot more Feldman goes a long way, especially when he's hamming it up to the utmost extent, grunting and deep voicing his way through scenes, quoting Semisonic and kicking some serious vampire ass like only Edgar Frog can. Dare I say i'll take more Corey Feldman over a bit more gore and a bit of a better story any day of the week, especially considering The Tribe proved a bit boring when he wasn't around.

With a few jabs at Twilight and its creator as well as some little winks and nods to the original film, including footage from it and even an emotional little tribute to the late Corey Haim, not to mention the long awaited (albeit brief) return of the brothers Frog, I had a lot of fun with The Thirst and I personally consider The Lost Boys to be one franchise that has yet to go sour. That being said, I can't help but wonder how awesome the franchise could've become had the other Corey not left us too soon. RIP Haim.


Copyboy said...

It's funny I was thinking the exact same thing as I read your review. Can't wait to see the last two.

Jay Amabile said...

I got it on bluray but haven't watched it yet. I miss Corey Haim...he would've been great in The Tribe if he actually had a role, not a cut scene!

Trick or Treat Pete said...

Less Gory More Corey...priceless!
I passed on the sequel and will pass on this one as well...for now, I reserve the right, as a woman(although an undead woman), to change my mind about seeing either movie anytime I so choose
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