February 24, 2011

Lost Boys: The Thirst (2010)

"In San Cazador, California, the clumsy vampire hunter Edgar Frog is evicted from his trailer. But the best-seller writer Gwen Lieber offers him a job to destroy the head vampire DJ X that promotes worldwide raves to increase his army of undead."

I've never been overly keen on "The Lost Boys" and the appalling "The Tribe" sequel was pretty much a bigger nail in the coffin to the franchise continuing than Corey Haim's death last year. I knew that this sequel was coming but really had no interest in watching it until I got bored enough to give it a go. Well, obviously I got bored enough.

I'm not going to go into too much detail with this review other than to say that "The Thirst" was about a hundred times better than "The Tribe". If you are a fan of the original film then it's probably better to just skip over the first sequel and try to forget that it ever existed. Nothing in "The Thirst" is reliant on anything that happened in "The Tribe" anyway.

The plot is pretty simple but there are a few flashbacks to "The Lost Boys" mainly to remember Corey Haim. It's another overly comedic vampire film with nothing really horrific about it apart from some splattery vampire deaths which will probably amuse younger teenagers everywhere even if it is R-rated for no good reason whatsoever.

There are a lot of jokes at the expense of "Twilight" including the uber sexy author who hires Corey Feldman to rescue her brother. Actually if Stephanie Meyer really looked like Tanit Phoenix then I'm sure that a lot more heterosexual teenage boys would be into her books. I was a bit thrown by Tanit's accent until I realised that she was actually South African although she almost managed to sound English. I don't think many people would notice and probably think that she's Australian.

Other than a few stupidly designed weapons, a new girlfriend for Edgar with a secret which I'm not going to spoil for you but will undoubtedly be made more of in yet another sequel one day, and a more than telegraphed twist during the denouement, there was nothing new to "The Thirst" which you haven't already seen in dozens of other vampire movies. It has a kind of '80s feel to it at times which I'm sure was the intention but it's all very tame stuff horror-wise for the 21st century.

I don't honestly know if I should recommend "Lost Boys: The Thirst". Just because it was better than the first sequel doesn't mean that it was a good film. I suppose it was enjoyable enough in the same superficial way that a bad episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" is still watchable when there's nothing else on television.

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