I have always been a huge fan of the film The Lost Boys. I was just eight years old when the movie was released and I’ve loved it ever since (yes it’s rated R and no my parents didn’t care, they were cool like that). I watched it over and over again, swooning over the two Coreys (they were adorable before the effects of the drugs kicked in). I memorized most of the lines and continue to this day to refer to Kiefer Sutherland as that guy who played David in The Lost Boys. Other notable actors also starred in the film such as Jason Patric and Edward Herrmann who played Grandpa Gilmore on The Gilmore Girls. It even had Bill from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.
The Lost Boys has spawned two sequels, The Tribe and The Thirst. Both were direct to DVD releases, and both have been watched by me. I was excited and disappointed when I learned of the first sequel. Why do movie makers create these crappy direct to DVD sequels of classic American films? The answer is because stupid people like myself watch them. I have to admit I am curious whenever one of these sequels comes out, however they are rarely any good. The Tribe was horrible and that’s all I remember about it. And, much like the second and third Fast and the Furious films I am going to pretend it was never made. The Thirst was much better than that, I will gladly welcome it into The Lost Boys franchise.
In The Thirst we are once again reunited with Edgar Frog (Corey Feldman) the originator of the Batman voice, which Christian Bale stole. We quickly learn that his brother and vampire slaying partner in crime, Alan Frog, has become a bloodsucker himself. Edgar has been evicted from his trailer and has to take a job from Gwen Lieber (bestselling vampire writer). The job involves rescuing her brother Peter who has been kidnapped by DJ X the alpha-Vampire. DJ X travels the world acting like it’s 1998 while throwing raves to increase his army of the undead. He does this by giving them a drug called The Thirst, which is vampire blood, and it turns humans into vampires. DJ X is on his way to Edgars home town with plans to have a sacrifice during a rave on the night of the blood moon. Alan declines an invitation from Edgar to be part of the vampire killing. As with all Lost Boys movies, if you kill the head vampire the other vampires with turn back into humans. Alan doesn’t believe the plan of killing the head vampire will work. They killed the head vampire in the past, and there is just somebody more powerful than them, Alan explains to Edgar that it’s a pyramid scheme. Thus, Edgar is forced to team up with his friend Zoe, who has a secret of her own.
The Thirst was like visiting old friends. It gave me everything I wish The Tribe could have. If only Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland could have made an appearance. It’s not like they are doing much at the moment. The film was peppered with scenes from the original film as Edgar reminisced about the first time he has to battle vampires. It was as if the film makers were saying, hey this film isn’t so bad, remember the awesomeness of the original? Remember Corey Haim, he was cool, and he’s dead now, you can’t hate a dead guy…
I really enjoyed this movie. It is what it is. One of the best direct to DVD sequels I have seen and unfortunately I’ve seen a lot of them.