Lost Boys: The Thirst Movie Review

Lost Boys: The Thirst Movie Review
Review by Mike Pickle for MoreHorror.com

No modern vampire film is closer to my heart than the original Lost Boys, but after seeing the utterly terrible sequel, Lost Boys: The Tribe in 2008; I longed for a way to erase it from my memory. Imagine my surprise that I would even entertain the notion of actually watching a 2nd sequel.

After finding out that Corey Feldman was bumped up to a starring role I guess I figured that, after being in some of my favorite films from the '80's, he deserved another chance. Besides, I have never been a Corey hater. Sure he's done some bad movies since, but what child star hasn't? I kept an open mind while watching The Thirst, but I still expected it to fall apart at any minute. Call me crazy, but it never did. It's an entertaining, campy little romp and a welcome change from The Tribe. I recently learned that the franchise may continue with a part 4 and maybe even a part 5 and I didn't even dry heave once. Why the change of heart? Perhaps I had better start from the beginning.

Living in San Cazador, California; our beloved Edgar Frog (Corey Feldman) has allowed the thankless job of vampire hunting to reduce him to living in a run-down trailer that he can't afford to pay the rent on. After being threatened with eviction he tries to sell his prized comic books to pay rent.

Upon returning home he is visited by acclaimed Vampire novel writer, Gwen Lieber (Tanit Phoenix): A sultry British bird whose books are obviously emulating the popular "Twilight" series. She explains that her brother Peter (played by the surprisingly first time actor Felix Mosse) has been kidnapped by the notorious DJ X (Seb Castang) who she believes plans on sacrificing him at a rave he is planning in San Cazador during the "Blood Moon". Gwen pleads with him to save her brother and lures Frog to the mission by promising that DJ X is the alpha or first vampire who, if slain, would return all vampires back to human. The notorious DJ has turned hundreds of new vampires by using his raves to attract young victims and tricking them into drinking vampire blood disguised as a new party drug.

Edgar asks his brother Alan (who has been turned into a blood-sucker himself) to join the mission , but he refuses. Instead he enlists the help of his mousy, but cute friend Zoe (Casey B. Dolan) who works at the local comic book store and has extensive knowledge of vampire lore. Upon Edgar's initial refusal; Gwen also hires reality TV star, Lars Von Goetz (Steven van Nieberk) who brings his cameraman Claus (Joe Vaz) along to film the whole thing for his show. Frog discovers that the super secret rave is being held at a slaughterhouse on a nearby island and the group infiltrates the rave to foil DJ X's sinister plans.

Contrary to the The Tribe, which unsuccessfully tried duplicating the original story, The Thirst embraces the campy nature of the Frog Brothers who were the comic relief in the first film. It tries less to be cool and more to be fun. Feldman grunts and leers his way through a giddily endearing performance. The film cleverly reminds us how much we loved him in the original through craftily placed flashbacks featuring the Frog Brothers and Corey Haim as kids in the 1987 classic. A strategy that also maintains Edgar Frog's emotional core through all the montages, one-liners and vampire absurdity.

Another throwback to the original was the discerning use of "Cry Little Sister" remade by the band Aiden. A song that is used sparingly and at just the right moments to make it way more effective than it was in The Tribe. Edgar is at the center of this installment, but he is not the only one that endeared me to this campy little gem. Casey B. Dolan's Zoe is so cute and so charming that she almost steals the scenes from Corey whom she has such great chemistry with that I look forward to seeing them together in more sequels.

There is also a particularly engaging and humorous scene where Edgar and Zoe visit vampire weapon expert Blake (Matthew Dylan Roberts) to stock up on amusing and creative vampire slaying weapons. The special effects, well choreographed and well filmed fight scenes, a likeable cast of characters and effectively sinister villains make for a roaring good time. For your sake I will say that this film is okay and a decent entry in the Lost Boys franchise. For me personally.... I absolutely loved it!

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