At Comic Con, /Film’s Adam Quigley got the chance to sit down one on one with Corey Feldman and talk about the release of The Lost Boys 2: The Tribe.
/Film: So, what was it like for you to go back to this world a few years later?
Corey Feldman: Well, it was fun and scary at the same time. Obviously when you’re doing something like this, you don’t want to disregard the fan’s perception of what the original was supposed to be, and it’s very important that you kind of work it up from the highest level of authenticity when you’re creating a character like this, so it was challenging at the same time. I like to do something that’s a challenge for me as an actor. Being in business as long as I have, you want to make sure that you’re constantly challenging yourself and setting obstacles and I think this certainly was one of those going back to the character and making his evolve but yet not evolve was the trick, and I think that you’ll see that in the film. I mean there are certain things that have grown in his character but for the most part he’s exactly as we left him 21 years ago.
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Warner Direct has released four new photos for The Lost Boys 2: The Tribe. One shots of Tad Hilgenbrink, Angus Sutherland, Autumn Reeser and Corey Feldman as Edgar Frog. The Tribe will hit DVD store shelves on July 29th 2008. Enjoy!
We here at Slashfilm have been pressing Warner Bros. to release The Lost Boys 2: The Tribe theatrically for some time. Tonight, the first image of a vampire from the film has surfaced at STYD, and I’m a little iffed. While the images of Corey Feldman‘s return as Edgar Frog show promise, as did the recent announcement that Corey Haim will definitely be in the film, this image screams direct-to-DVD to me. Compare the shot below of Kiefer Sutherland’s vampire, David, from the 1987 classic to this steakhead vampire above.
Now, the vampires in the sequels are reportedly surfers, which might explain the rather cheesy subtitle. This reminds me, hey studio people: simplify it to The Lost Boys 2. The original title’s inspiration is the Lost Boys in Peter Pan, who were already a tribe of sorts. Adding “The Tribe” is just a bad sign for America, really. And as we all know, surfers go two ways: steakhead jock idiots and “divine princes of decadence” like Bunker Spreckels. And then there’s Bodhi from Point Break who mixed them together and pulled it off, which is as hard to do as looking cool in a pair of crocs while working at Wal-Mart.
The necklace on this vampire is beyond cheesy. When The Lost Boys came out, the biker vampires in that flick reached highs of coked-out ’80s overindulgence and super-cool matched only by Axl Rose. Back to this new image: there’s also the tiki torch in the back, which connotes “steakhead surfer stereotype” and teen shows like The O.C. And is the vampire wearing a punk-studded bracelet? I can’t tell. If so, stupes. He’s also bald, which is Kelly Slater-ish, but also reminds me of Neil Strauss in The Game and that’s always a sign to stay away from something. Surfers have rock star hair, it’s a fact, why not utilize that, while paying a lil’ homage to the Aqua Net-junkie ’80s originals?
The fangs are a little too pronounced. The blood can go either way. This photo was released to satisfy the gore hounds. The girl’s bikini/dress is kind of stupid, generic and unhot, and The Lost Boys is about sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll and staying young forever, maybe in that order. I’m not giving up on the film, but after all of the “we get it” and the “original is a classic, we won’t screw this up” promises from screenwriter Hans Rodionoff and director P.J. Pesce, this image is disconcerting because it doesn’t get it. You can still make this sequel with a modest budget and have it be awesome, there is no excuse. If this turns out to be The Lost Boys with Seth Cohen and it does go to theaters after fans fought ferociously for it to, prepare for a battle comparable to, I dunno, Axl Rose vs. Tommy Hilfiger.
Discuss: Does the new vampire image impact whether you’ll see The Lost Boys 2: The Tribe, one way or the other?
Unlike all of the non-entities on The Surreal Life, Corey Feldman still has something to offer us. His band is tres lame, but if you’ve caught The Two Coreys on A&E (which is also terrible), Feldman still possesses the upbeat work ethic and fresh face of a confident young blood like Shia LaBeouf. I get the feeling that highly unlike his role in Meatballs 4, he grasps how important the success of The Lost Boys 2: The Tribe will be to his career, and that he also believes the 1987 original is one of the best movies of all time. And it is. It merits a release by Criterion for its quixotic ’80s boardwalk atmosphere alone.
But here’s the dilemma. How does a film like Renny Harlin’s The Covenant or Paris Hilton’s The Hottie and the Nottie receive a wide theatrical release, while a sequel only out-anticipated by ’80s babies by Goonies 2, goes straight to DVD? It’s a travesty. Someone start a petition, because, as of today, Warner Bros. has officially confirmed the film’s Wesley Snipes-like trajectory. This could be the worst movie of all time, but with proper marketing it’d still open to $15 million easy, off pure fumes of nostalgia. Moreover, the film’s writer, Hans Rodionoff, has confirmed that they are not only bringing back “Cry Little Sister” but the meathead sax player! This is like Live Free or Die Hard bringing back Sgt. Al Powell or Argyle, or an R-rating. Never dismiss an effort to actually please from Hollywood. All I know is that I need to get Lost Boys 2 out of my head and up on screen in an actual theater. We all do, right? Right?!
Corey Feldman has also stated on his official blog that Warner Bros. likes what they have seen and wants to start talks about a third film, one that Rodionoff has already alluded to focusing solely on Feldman’s Edgar Frog character. To further stack up the Jenga tower of potential awesomeness, DC Comics is releasing a 4-issue comic mini-series detailing what happened to Edgar between the first film and the new one. My guess is that bit about Meatballs 4 will be redacted and replaced with a holy water Jacuzzi.
If you want Lost Boys 2: The Tribe to get some kind of theatrical release, let Warner Bros. know below. Otherwise, look for it in mid-summer on a shelf beside Aliens Vs. Monsters 4.
In Touch Magazine has the first photo from the direct-to-dvd sequel to The Lost Boys. The photo shows Corey Feldman, reprising his role as Edgar Frog, and Shaun Sipos. Check out Feldman’s neck tattoo. I know this is going to be crappy, but I’m looking forward to it none the less. You can read more about Lost Boys 2 (who’s in it, what it’s about, and more) in our previous coverage round-up.
Last I heard, The Lost Boys 2: The Tribe might even get a limited theatrical run, before hitting DVD shelves in 2008. We’ll keep you updated.