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Lost Boys: The Thirst

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
5.5 out of 10
Extras Rating:
6 out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: R

Starring:
Corey Feldman as Edgar Frog
Tanit Phoenix as Gwen Lieber
Jamison Newlander as Alan Frog
Sean Cameron Michael as Ira Pinkus
Casey B. Dolan as Zoe
Joe Vaz as Claus
Matthew Dylan Roberts as Blake
Seb Castang as DJ X
Porteus Xandau Steenkamp as Johnny Trash
Felix Mosse as Peter

Directed by Dario Piana

Special Features:
Charisma Carpenter Hosts The Art Of Seduction: Vampire Lore

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
Dolby Surround 5.1 Sound
Spanish and French Subtitles
French Language
Running Time: 81 Minutes

The Details:
The following is the official description of the film:

"As the lost boys and girls of San Cazador prepare to party under the Blood Moon, an alpha vampire conspires to turn these unsuspecting ravers into an army of undead. The only thing that stands between him and the annihilation of the entire human race is the infamous vampire fighting Frog Brothers. Armed with double-barrel holy water balloon launchers and multi-arrow crossbows, Edgar (Corey Feldman) and Alan Frog (Jamison Newlander) join forces to kick some blood-sucker butt in this latest high-energy, action packed adventure in the Lost Boys franchise."

"Lost Boys: The Thirst" is rated R for strong/bloody violence, sexuality/nudity, language and some drug content.

Mini-Review:
As far as straight to video sequels go, "Lost Boys: The Thirst" does a lot of things right. First of all, it focuses on the comedic vampire killer Edgar Frog and his adventures rather than simply rehashing the plot of "The Lost Boys" again. That was one of the mistakes of "Lost Boys: The Tribe," the other straight to video sequel in this series. You have an over-the-top character that's into comic books and vampire killing. Talk about playing to your target audience. The comedy that goes with Edgar's gruff character keeps things light much like the first film.

"Lost Boys: The Thirst" also takes vampires back to their horror roots. There are no sparkles or romance here. These are bloodthirsty monsters. This will definitely please horror fans.

This sequel also attempts to expand on the universe somewhat. We discover that Edgar's love interest Gwen Lieber has a secret history. We see a bit of background on the vampires from 1000 years ago. We are also introduced to a reality TV show animal hunter that joins in the vampire hunt and pushes all of Edgar's buttons. The result is a broadened world that offers some interesting sequel potential.

That being said, "Lost Boys: The Thirst" does a lot wrong, too. It borrows a bit too much from the "Blade" movies. From the weapons to the clubbing vampires to the 'turn to ashes when they die' effect, it passed on the opportunity to break new ground and just copied "Blade" where convenient.

And while the promos advertise this as a "Frog Brothers" movie, Alan Frog is barely in it. They missed the opportunity to explore the sibling rivalry and other aspects of their relationship that change in the course of the story. Anyone wanting to see Frog Brother action will just have to settle for one of them.

Finally, the plot is pretty basic. By the time it does get around to some twists and turns at the end, you're just kind of bored with the story. It followed the standard formula of vampires causing problems, the heroes hunting the vampires, and the heroes ultimately killing the vampires. It's a lot to ask from a straight to video movie, but I would have liked to have seen more.

If you're a fan of "The Lost Boys" or the Frog Brothers, then this is a movie you're going to want to check out. If you're just a casual vampire fan, I suggest you re-watch the original "The Lost Boys," "Blade," or "Interview with the Vampire."

The bonus features are quite slim on this DVD. Charisma Carpenter (who isn't even in the movie) hosts a special where vampire experts pontificate on the sexual appeal of vampires. There are a few behind the scenes shots from this movie and interviews with the cast and crew, but not much. If you want to learn about the making of the movie, you'll probably need to check out the Blu-ray edition.

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