Lost Boys 2 : The Tribe title

Tag line : Never grow old. Never die. Never know fear again

Lost Boys 2 : The TribeSome 20 odd years after the original "Lost Boys" came out, someone surprisingly decided to make a sequel to it, albeit a somewhat belated one. Now, I'm a big fan of the original Joel Schumacher film, so was kind of interested to see how this one was going to turn out. But sadly, I was left feeling distinctly under whelmed.

Directed by horror B-movie director PJ Pesche, this film is essentially a retread of the original. You have a brother and sister couple, Chris and Nicole (Tad Hilgenbrink and Autumn Reeser), moving to a remote coastal town to be with their aunt, where they quickly fall in with a bad crowd, who seem to resemble the adrenalin junkies from "Point Break", lead by a surfer named Shane (Angus Sutherland, yes that's Keifer's younger bro).

Anyway, it just so happens that Shane and his group turn out to be vampires. So if you've seen the original, you can pretty much see where this is leading, but anyway, the younger sister happens to drink something one of the group gives her, which you just know isn't wine, and as a result becomes a vampire herself (like what happened to Jason Patrick in pt1). So it's then up to her brother Chris to try and find a way of turning her back again before its too late.

Corey Feldman turns up as the surviving member of one of the Frog brothers who offers to help him wipe-out the vampires and turn his sister back, and horror veteran Tom Savini makes a brief guest appearance as a wealthy landowner who thinks he has a surprise for some trespassing surfers, but ends up getting one himself.

Now the film isn't a total loss, but I do think it's a shame the scriptwriters couldn't come up with anything a bit more original than a slight re-write of the previous film. Also, I was somewhat surprised to see quite an excessive amount of blood and gore in this. Whilst I enjoy a good gory horror film as much as the next person, blood and guts were not what the original Lost Boys film was about, which handled the bloodier scenes in an extremely tongue in cheek manner. So it comes as something of a shock to see them ladling it out here.

I also think the casting of Keifer Sutherland's younger brother Angus as the lead vampire was a bit of a corny way of trying to maintain a link with the original film. Whilst he might be a reasonable actor I think it goes without saying if it wasn't for the fact his older brother played the lead in the last film, then he wouldn't be in this.

But anyway, viewed on it's own merits the film is it least worth the price of a rental. It's good to see Corey Feldman in this, who actually provides the film with some of the more hilarious lines. Particularly the scene about how he got ordained online so he can produce his own holy water, and there are some decent rock songs in this by the likes of "Aiden" and "Airbourne".

To summarise, worth a watch, but fans of the original may come away feeling  a little disappointed.

Overall marks : 4/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • An interesting mistake appears at the start of the film. When Tom Savini's character is looking at the surfers trespassing on his beach you can see their reflections in his glasses. However, as they are vampires this should not be possible.

  • Despite mixed critical reviews, the movie was a financial success and became a top selling DVD in the US, selling double the amount expected. A third film was hastily commissioned on the back of this.

  • The films budget was $4,200,000.

  • PJ Pesche also directed the vampire film "From Dusk till Dawn 3 : The Hangman's Daughter".

  • Original cast member Corey Haim makes a brief appearance in a scene part way through the end credits.

  • Set on the US west coast, the film was actually shot in Canada.

  • Whilst shooting some backstage footage on set, as part of the US pseudo-reality show "The 2 Corey's", Corey Haim had a major bust up with the production crew and repeatedly missed his shoots. One disturbing scene, where his chest mic was left on whilst he was in his trailer, appeared to catch evidence of him indulging in substance abuse. The footage aired as part of series 2 during the summer of 2008 and can be seen on various video sharing sites, such as YouTube.

  • Jason Newlander, who played Alan Frog in the first film, had filmed a brief role with himself as a vampire, but this was cut out of the finished film. It was however included on the DVD as part of an alternate ending.

  • The film was released in the US in both an an uncut/unrated version, and in a cut R rated version, which toned down the scenes of blood, nudity and gore.

  • The UK release is only available as a double pack with the original film and is of the uncut US unrated version.

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