Let’s throw a wrench into this Lost Boys assembly line, shall we? Filming on the second sequel, Lost Boys: The Thirst, is set to begin in early November (in Capetown, South Africa, no less) with Corey Feldman reprising his role as the moody vampire slayer, Edgar Frog. If you managed to fall into a sewer over the last year, the Crack Fox no doubt introduced you to Lost Boys: The Tribe, the worst vampire film to feature “extreme” skateboard stunts and tribal tatts in history. Death by direct-to-DVD. But wait! Based on the plot of Lost Boys 3, which contains a sparkly nod to Twilight, the next installment sounds even worse…
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The clock is ticking. In minutes, I am scheduled to interview Corey Haim. But I need more time to: find my good sunglasses, make a margarita, and hook up my interview shit poolside at a friend’s house. The publicist agrees to push the interview back half-an-hour. The power of /Film. By-and-by, it all works out and the publicist fulfills a dream. I’m not into doing interviews. Much too often, there is A) a bitchy studio hawk circling, B) a wait-time worthy of a disappointing rap concert/Comcast, or C) the celeb is so glazed-over from blurting the same answers to ‘net middle men on every continent that you feel like hugging them, and then slapping them. And likewise for them, sans the personal contact.
But Corey Haim is Z) reached levels of non-ironic cool that even Steve McQueen (not the Hunger one) and Lee Marvin (the Prime Cut one) could never touch. Like brightly-dyed shorts with displaced geometric patterns, Haim burst onto the scene as the American teenager in the 1980s. For an actor—and for our younger readers—that requires more natural pep than LeBron James has hops. And in my opinion, Haim was the first real, believable and awesome geek on screen (dude, your comic store’s Dewey Decimal System blows) who could get laid. And thus, maybe get you laid. Paul Rudd would come much later. Paul Rudd is also a geek narc. Haim can be seen in theaters this weekend wearing a mullet in Crank: High Voltage.
Excluding the initial actions above, I didn’t prepare for the interview; I know I’ll be interviewing Corey again soon when he gets a major theatrical role. It needs to happen, Hollywood. Our chat was fun, casual, whatever. Haim has the laid back charm over the tele that many of us know so well. Just add a cigarette.
/Film: Hello Corey Haim.
Corey Haim: What’s up Hunter. How you doin’?
Ha. I’m doing fine, sittin’ by the pool. So you have a role in Crank 2. How did you first meet [writer/directors Mark] Neveldine and [Brian] Taylor?
Corey Haim: Actually, a while ago man. I believe. See, I was supposed to be in the first movie. Was it the same character? A character. I just know that in this movie they wanted me to play this character. Randy.
Corey Haim: Let me give you a description of my character.
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If Warner Bros asked us for a pull quote for the DVD to Lost Boys: The Tribe, it would say, “Corey Feldman can’t be felled, man. -/Film.” The most prominent Corey, in this sequel and IRL, manages to endearingly synopsize and upstage this laughable production in a single scene. Feldman cracks open a raw egg into a glass, a la Rocky Balboa, filled with garlic and holy water and swallows it. Then he wipes his mouth and the camera lingers on his face, this still youthful lake of resilience, resourcefulness and 1980s radicalness. Feldman’s character, Edgar Frog, labels his novelty cocktail “Frog Juice,” but in my sore eyes, Feldman just took one for the team. This sequel is an all-out war for Corey’s soul, and the souls of all Eighties Babies.
Not only is Feldman stuffed far in the background on the DVD’s terrible box art—he’s trapped under the bodies of OC star Autumn Reeser, Kiefer Sutherland’s half-brother and Stifler’s lil’ bro—but if you move the box ever so slightly, he’s wiped out by a fucking hologram! The film itself is a similar travesty. Feldman is barely in it. Replace the plebe-luring hologram with the most atrocious half-vampire-on-skateboard climax imaginable. This “highly complex” action centerpiece plays as if one of the Lost Boys from Steven Spielberg’s Hook gave a slo-mo pill to Gleaming the Cube‘s Christian Slater and together they made a subpar contribution for YouTube. On the special features, the producers (going to hell, for sure) boast that the film gets at the core of “real extreme sports” in 2008. One of them excitedly says, “these vampires ride bikes, they skate, they skateboard!” But none of the countless vampbrahs here rollerskate. The producer is a fucking liar. And then there’s director P.J. Pesce. This visionary/hack chomps on a cigar with an elated, nutty look on his face. Watch your back, Patton.
And how about the hilarious scene in which a Dianne Wiest-knockoff holds up a DVD of The Goonies and makes a “hip fuss” about it to the kids for a few minutes? Okay. So, rather than allot more time to a stoked Corey Feldman stabbing bloodsuckers (ones that resemble rejects from Sega Genesis’s Altered Beast, but whatevs), I’m watching a Jason Patric-knockoff (a first?) named Tad Hilgenbrinck eyeball an old Feldman flick as I stopwatch his face for a nervous twitch to register as poor acting ability? Later, as Hilgenbrinck and Feldman drive to an underground lair and Feldman explains the workings of a garlic bola, Hilgenbrinck looks higher than Saul Silver’s kite. Feldman finally gives up on the guy and stares down in defeat at his wooden, carbon and metal stakes. Something tells me this was improvised.
After more than 20 years, it’s really cool that the filmmakers called up Jamison Newlander to reprise his role as Alan Frog. Too bad he was cut from the film. LoL. I suspect he was called (his involvement was well publicized) just to get fans interested. But it makes complete sense that Corey Haim wouldn’t show up until after the end credits, after we’ve observed Feldman endure this softcore Cinemax/X-Games raping of their horror comedy classic. I imagine Haim utilized his patented Corey Haim Logic to voluntarily choose this post-credits shortcut—as an allegory, it’s the VH1 equivalent of the tortoise and the hare. Not only is the lone scene between the Coreys—which feels like a one-take deal at that—the best scene in the movie, it’s more satisfying than Freddy vs Jason (which was pretty good). Maybe this is due to Corey Feldman and Corey Haim surviving horrors together in real life (and reality TV). Maybe it’s because, in their lone scene, Feldman sounds like Christian Bale’s Dark Knight and Haim, Heath Ledger’s Joker. Maybe it’s because the DVD contains two more amazing alternate “they’re back!” endings. Maybe it’s because Coreys never say die.
3/10 (yes, the 3 is for the Coreys’ Lost Boys 3 aka Lost Boys 2: No Skateboards)
Discuss: What did you think of Lost Boys: The Tribe. Should a third film be made focusing on the original crew?
Give or take, I am asked eight times a week by random pedestrians, “What is the best comic book adaptation that is not based on a comic book at all,” and my hands begin to tremble every time. This causes the surface of my coffee to break into concentric circles like a mud puddle on Isla Nublar. I tend to quickly shuffle away from these inferior beings, while mumbling, “Obviously, The Lost Boys dude.”
More than 20 years after The Lost Boys hit theaters, a much maligned straight-to-DVD sequel, Lost Boys: The Tribe, has entered the pop culture cloud; but far more interesting is that The Lost Boys and its original characters are now a comic book. Entitled Lost Boys: Reign of Frogs, the four-issue miniseries arrives via Jim Lee’s Wildstorm (owned by DC Comics), and the issues serve as a direct sequel to Joel Schumacher’s 1987 horror film, a looser prequel to this month’s sequel and more. Whereas the DVD sequel recalls a Saved By the Bell spin-off co-starring Dustin Diamond (Corey Feldman and fans deserved much better), the comics are a respectable shot at giving casual and diehard fans (represented since 1999 at The Lost Cave) new developments, character arcs, and blood-letting. Plus, Edgar Frog hands the President of the United States a decapitated vampire head. It’s pretty awesome.
The fact that writer Hans Rodionoff scribed both the comic book miniseries and the direct-to-DVD sequel reaffirms for the millionth time that Hollywood is a place where visions are greeted by more hands than an eager, campaigning politician.
Review continues after the jump with exclusive images from Reign of Frogs…
Discuss: Have you guys checked out The Lost Boys comic books yet? If so, thoughts? If not, do you think the Frog Brothers are perfect for the medium?
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Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!
Movieland has the first blurry photo of Yun-Fat Chow as Master Roshi in Dragonball.
Steven Spielberg is creating a new social networking site called “The Rising.” The site will be dedicated to those who have had paranormal experiences, and users users will be encouraged to share their own extraterrestrial encounters. [io9]
Mark Johnson and Guillermo del Toro will produce an adaptation of David Moody’s 2006 novel Hater for Universal. The thriller is about an epidemic of random violence in which ordinary people strike lethally without warning or remorse. [variety]
Topless Robot counts down the 10 Sexiest Pieces of Comic Book Movie Arm Candy.
Jay Roach admits Meet The Fockers and Austin Powers sequels are in consideration, but nothing is for sure. [mtv]
The IconFactory has released the Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade icon set.
Disney Home Entertainment has announced the Blu-ray release of M. Night Shyamalan‘s Signs on June 3rd 2008. [bloody-disgusting]
Warner Premiere has launched the official website for Lost Boys: The Tribe.
CC2K counts down Indiana Jones’ Trilogy’s Top 5 Greatest Kills.
Empire has a new trailer for the LEGO Indiana Jones video game.
Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!
Someecards has an awesome new ecard which takes aim at Indiana Jones, pictured above.
Up to three “Battlestar Galactica” TV movies might get made later this year. But no deals have officially been signed. [chicagotribune]
BenderSpink and FilmEngine announced they are making a Butterfly Effect 3. Who knew there was even a sequel? [shock]
FirstShowing noticed that The Incredible Hulk CGI has been upgraded in the recent tv spots. The photo on the left is from the first trailer. You’ll notice that they have added a t-shirt and have done a considerable amount of shading work.
Brian Levant (The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, Are We There Yet?) has signed to direct a tv movie prequel to the two Scooby Doo films. [Moviehole]
BadTaste.it has two new italian WALL-E posters, seen above.
TwitchFilm has the first photo of Kevin Costner in The New Daughter.
David Poland calls the NYTimes story idiotic, insisting that the highest profile spot in the domestic summer will always have an out-of-competition premiere at Cannes because most of the movie critics are there.
Variety has one of the first reviews of Michel Gondry, Joon-ho Bong and Leos Carax’s Tokyo!: “First and arguably best of the bunch is Gondry’s deviously titled “Interior Design,” which opens on a dark and stormy night as young, self-deluded aspiring filmmaker Akira (Ryo Kase) and his supportive but directionless g.f. Hiroko (Ayako Fujitani) arrive in Tokyo. Gondry handles the light intrusion of Cronenbergian body-horror with minimal f/x and old-fashioned visual sleight-of-hand, keeping his camera focused on Fujitani’s engaging performance. The Gallic helmer may have a reputation for dazzling directorial whimsy, but his restraint pays off here in a work at once poignant and slyly Kafka-esque.”
Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and the stars of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull answered questions on seesmic. [Rejects]
Xbox.com is giving away five limited edition Indiana Jones customied XBox 360s.
Warner Bros has launched three viral sites to promote the upcoming release of Lost Boys: The Tribe: LunaBay.org, CCMPF.org, and FrogBrosBoards.com.
Vulture says that the Guerrilla Marketing is the Only Funny Thing About The Love Guru.
George Takei (Star Trek, Heroes) announced that he and his long-time partner Brad Altman are now engaged to be married. [trekmovie]
Arcade Fire is not doing the score for Richard Kelly’s The Box after all. [playlist]
Oliver Stone’s W. began shooting in Shreveport on May 12th. [Variety]
Warner Premiere has released the DVD cover art for Lost Boys: The Tribe, which will be released on DVD and Blu-ray this summer. I love how they put Corey Feldman way in the background, and his title credit actually lists him “COREY FELDMAN AS EDGAR FROG”.
Discuss: Will you buy The Tribe on DVD?
Lost Boys 2: The Tribe hasn’t even been released yet, yet Corey Feldman is already talking about a possible third film.
“The stage is set,” Feldman said of the ending to The Tribe. “So it’s really up to you, the viewer, and you, the audience, to see that final chapter comes into fruition.” “Personally the way I would like to see it go, I would like to see Edgar finally become a vampire himself and have to battle his own inner demons. That’s where it should go in my mind. I think that part of the magic for the whole trilogy would be seeing those characters that you trust, that you love, turning to the dark side and figuring out if they could make their way back. For the guy who’s out there defending truth, justice, and the American way to be confronted with his own demons, and actually have to go down the path of the dark side – will he make it out? Or has he gone down so far that once he’s turned, there’s no hope, light? Who can save him? I mean, once Edgar Frog’s turned, anything’s possible.”
I think it’s a little too early to talk about a third film, especially based on the negative fan response to the released movie trailers for The Tribe. But maybe a third film would allow them to make another Lost Boys movie, the way it should have been done.
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