Yep, the Frog brothers are at it again. A third straight-to-DVD installment of the famed '80s hit The Lost Boys titled Lost Boys: The Thirst will be released on October 12th. This time Edgar Frog (Corey Feldman) goes up against a legion of vamps led by Seb Castang (DJX) who is converting ravers with a new drug called The Thirst (part Ecstasy-part vampire blood).
Watch the trailer below and see if you can't get some of that old-time-vampire-killing feel that started with the original. Posted 09.23.10 by reelz
According to The Los Angeles Times, '80s teen idol Corey Haim was found unresponsive at 3:30 AM this morning in an Oakwood, CA, apartment. He was taken to a hospital in Burbank, where he was officially pronounced dead. The Los Angeles Police Department said that the cause was an apparent accidental drug overdose, although an autopsy has yet to be performed.
Haim is perhaps best remembered for two star-making roles in the mid '80s. In Lucas, he played a 14-year-old accelerated high school student who falls for a girl two years older (played by fellow '80s icon Kerri Green). The movie, interestingly, was the debut for Winona Ryder and also featured a breakout role for Charlie Sheen.
Haim also starred in the horror movie The Lost Boys as the younger of two brothers who move to a California town plagued by vampires. He starred opposite Corey Feldman, another teen heartthrob whose career flagged after the '80s. Haim and Feldman starred together in a number of other movies, including License to Drive. They teamed up recently for the A&E show The Two Coreys, which ran for two seasons before being cancelled in 2008.
Haim long struggled with drug dependency before his death. In a 2007 interview with The Sun, he said:
I started on the downers which were a hell of a lot better than the uppers because I was a nervous wreck. But one led to two, two led to four, four led to eight, until at the end it was about 85 a day. The doctors could not believe I was taking that much. And that was just the Valium. I'm not talking about the other pills I went through.
He also added that his weight went up to 200 pounds, and that he suffered a stroke after multiple attempts at rehab.
At the time of his death, Haim was working on several movies, two of them directorial debut projects: The Throwaways involves a cop and a journalist who investigate the disappearance of the homeless in New York City, and A Detour in Life tells the story of a man who turns to alcohol after his wife is killed by a horse. Haim was to star as the lead in the latter movie.
He also completed filming for the thriller American Sunset, which does not yet have a release date. Here is the trailer: Posted 03.10.10 by reelz
There's no denying that vampire popularity is at an all-time high or that, thanks to the likes of Stephenie Meyer, it's still on the rise. But despite the popular perception that vampire movies have been taking a "dirt-nap" since the '90s, that's not exactly true.
We look back at the two decades of movie undead that preceded the Cullens, a period that offers some awesome fanged films — and a few that should have stayed buried — in our Vampire Movie Timeline. Posted 10.16.09 by reelz
Vampire movies had been out of vogue since the '90s, taking a "dirt nap" until 2008's Twilight regurgitated them back into popular culture in a big way. Now there's a whole host of vampire-themed movies and TV shows to choose from, supplanting this decade's zombie fixation with their pale-skinned supernatural brethren.
Fantasy author and movie producer Neil Gaiman (Coraline, Stardust) was recently asked about the importance of vampires in cinema, and he ultimately said that vampire movies should go back to the grave from whence they came. Gaiman gave credence to a few vampire movies, however, which he said helped to broaden the genre. One movie Gaiman cited was Roman Polanski's Dance of the Vampires (1967), which called into question the long-established belief that vampires are afraid of crosses.
Dance of the Vampires has that wonderful moment where Alfie Bass as the Jewish innkeeper has been bitten and transformed by the vampires. He comes back, he creeps into the bedroom, and she holds up the cross, and he says, ''Lady, have you got the wrong vampire." It was one of those occasions where something either crept out of the film and became a joke, or crept out of joke world and crept into the film.
Gaiman said that Lost Boys (1987) depicted vampirism as a state that's not necessarily undesirable, which is similar to the way vampirism is depicted today.
And then in a sort of continuous transmutation, you had Lost Boys, which is essentially vampirism as wish fulfillment — it was really the first time you can absolutely take a pin and point to these great vampire moments on celluloid or on video, or in print, whatever, where people really seemed to have looked around and gone, "What is the downside of this thing again? Hang on, you get to live forever, you get to be absolutely sexually attractive and you don't have zits."
Gaiman explained that vampire movies can never be about gaining power on a grand scale, using 30 Days of Night (2007) as an example.
Even when you get to things like 30 Days of Night, you're looking at people going and invading a little town that's on the edge of nowhere and that nobody's going to notice. It never seems to be about power. It never seems to be about taking over the world. Because the moment it does, it's not vampire fiction anymore.
When it comes to the new wave of vampire fanaticism resulting from the Twilight phenomena, Gaiman couldn't be bothered to comment. Instead, he predicted the imminent demise of the genre.
Vampires go in waves, and it kind of feels like now we're finishing a vampire wave; at the point where they're everywhere. It's probably time to go back underground for another 20 or 25 years. Posted 08.30.09 by BrentJS