Lost Boys: The Thirst is a 2010 horror film directed by Dario Piana.
We are quickly reintroduced to Edgar (played by Corey Feldman ) and Alan Frog (played by Jamison Newlander ) who interrupt a vampire from killing a Congressman. During the chaos however, Alan becomes infected with the Vampire virus.
Five years pass, and we find Edgar in San Cazador, California, facing eviction from his trailer. With no money and no surviving friends to help him out, romantic vampire novelist Gwen Lieber offers Edgar a job for a large sum of money and all the weaponry he wants: find her brother Peter who was kidnapped during a rave in Ibiza, Spain, where DJ X has been handing out a drug called “The Thirst”. From here on in, Vampiric wackiness ensues……………..
The first Lost Boys directed by Joel Schumacher was a surprise 80’s classic, starting the careers of the Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, Corey Haim and Corey Feldman, who, as the Corey’s made a slew of movies together afterwards. It was the first successful horror movie to make the allegory between being a teenager and being a vampire: you never have to grow up, never get old and you can stay out all night and sleep all day – a perfect marriage of immortality and power. Like Peter Pan’s Lost Boys, these vampires never grew up, never accepted responsibility for their actions, but still yearned for a family and parental figures.
The Lost Boys sequel, the Tribe changed the location of the movie and made the main vampire clan surfers, repeating the original movie’s beats, without any fun to be had at all. The Thirst goes a little bit further by enhancing the main strengths of The Tribe: specifically Corey Fieldman’s Edgar Frog. A little bit of back-story from the Tribe introduced the notion that one of the Frog Brothers had become a Vampire, and that Corey Haim’s character is turning into one. Of course, due to Corey Haim’s untimely demise, he does not make an appearance in the Thirst apart from flash-back scenes to the original movie that pays tribute to him.
The Thirst is enjoyable if you are a fan of Corey Fieldman. It makes a passing remark to a generation of ravers being 'lost boys' but here is where the allegory begins and ends. This is a fun actioner, aimed at dispatching vamps with cool, albeit cheap, weapons, and not much more. It is unfortunately low budget, however the action sequences and special effects, especially when the Vamps reach their demise, really aren’t that bad, and, when compared to the Tribe, the acting and emotional beats are quite well done. Corey’s grunts and the movie’s humour does elicit laughs.
That all being said, a good episode of Tru-Blood, Buffy or Angel would beat this hands down. This is for nostalgia fans only, which, I guess, includes Corey Feldman fans.
2.5 fangs out of 5.
Luke McWilliams November 2010