May 14, 2011

The LOST BOYS Trilogy

THE LOST BOYS

USA, 1987
Director: Joel Schumacher

9/10











Next to "Fright Night", the 80s' best and most enjoyable vampire-flicks. Schumacher's "Lost Boys", a tremendously beautiful-looking contemporary classic, not only highly entertaining, but also perfectly epitomizing the 80s.

It has an absolutely stunning cast, consisting of a super-amusing Corey Haim ("Death by Stereo!"), an incredibly cool Kiefer Sutherland ("How are those maggots?"), a fabulous Jason Patric ("Talk about the Texas Chainsaw Massacre."), a hilarious Barnard Hughes ("Read the TV guide, you don't need a TV.") and, of course, Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander as the amazing Frog Brothers ("Death to all vampires?" - "Maximum body count! We're awesome monster bashers!" - "The meanest!" - "The baddest!").

It has a pretty cool plot and a superbly written/paced script. It's beautifully filmed/photographed and nearly every single settings looks astonishing (the abandoned 'vampire hotel', Grandpa's house, the comic book store, the railroad tracks, etc.).
It's full of great special effects, there's loads of cool gore, the vampire make-up effects all look very cool and the soundtrack is just terrific (incl. cool tunes from INXS, Echo & The Bunnymen and Run-D.M.C.).

Highlights: the gorgeous opening, the incredible railroad scene, all the motorcycle scenes, Corey Haim taking a bath (LOL), the surf-nazi kill, the brilliant climax and the moody very last shot.

Don't matter if you're a fan of vampires or not - this is a film everybody needs to see!




LOST BOYS: THE TRIBE

Alternate Title:
Lost Boys 2: The Tribe

USA / Canada, 2008
Director: P.J. Pesce

6/10








Most fans of the first part totally hate this 20-years-later sequel and I pretty much understand why: "The Tribe" is a low-budget direct-to-DVD rehash, unoriginal, quite unnecessary and it never comes close to the genius of the original.
Nevertheless, I surprisingly enjoyed it way more than I thought I would.

Yeah, story and script are lame, the look of the whole movie is cheap (unspectacular camera work, boring-looking settings), the soundtrack is mediocre, many of the CGI effects look awful and there are just too many bland and superfluous characters.

Yet, there are few reasons why this is still watchable:
* Corey Feldman - as cool and amusing as always, including lots of nice one-liners ("Who ordered the stake?" / "Your sister's a suck-monkey." / "What are you drinking man?" - "Frog juice. Garlic, holy water and raw eggs.")
* A few more cool performances from Tad Hilgenbrink, Angus Sutherland (Kiefer's half-brother) and Tom Savini!
* A shitload of gory and brutal kills.
* Most of the time it's quite tense and entertaining.
* Many great-looking vampires.
* Lots of gorgeous nudity.

Try to ignore the original as good as it gets, and you end up with a nice little b-flick that perfectly passes the time.




LOST BOYS: THE THIRST

Alternate Title:
Lost Boys 3: The Thirst

South Africa / USA / Germany, 2010
Director: Dario Piana

5/10







Most fans praise "The Thirst" as a great sequel and a step into the right direction - me not. IMO it's way more disappointing than "The Tribe".
Don't get me wrong: it's not a bad movie but for the greater part it left me just cold.

What's good:
Corey Feldman is again absolutely fabulous ("It turns holy water into slaughter."). The industrial soundtrack is very powerful, there are loads of hilarious anti-vampire weapons, the gore is cool and, in terms of entertainment, the first half hour is just stunning.

What's bad:
After the first half hour, it gets way too tedious and boring. There is just not enough vampire action, most of the characters are simply annoying, the script is far too predictable and the ending is a huge (and implausible) disappointment.
Furthermore, the whole rave-party-thing is about as lame as in movies like "House Of The Dead" or "Return Of The Living Dead 5".

An ok sequel - not more, not less.

4 comments:

  1. Loved, loved The Lost Boys. They haven't done a hip vampire movie quite like that since. The two sequels were godawful, though I did enjoy Corey Feldman. Cool summation.

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  2. yeah, it's definitely the coolest and hippest vampire movies of all time!

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  3. I really had NO idea there were sequels to the Lost Boys! By the sounds of it I'm glad I had no idea!

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  4. well, the sequels are definitely watchable but they're of course absolutely no match for the original

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