Lost Boys: The Tribe DVD: Review By Dodd

Lost Boys: The Tribe really could have been a worthy follow up to the bloody hilarious Lost Boys, but no filmmaker who knowingly makes a direct-to-DVD film seems to have any motivation to take their shoestring budget and do something positive with it.
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It is at first fun to see Corey Feldman making a comeback.
Unfortunately this does not do for Feldman what Sin City did for Mickey Rourke.
It seemed that the movie industry was going for unoriginality when it cranked out sequels into movie theaters at a non-stop rate. It seemed that being so trite could not get worse, but it actually did. There seems to be a rule that any film that is mildly successful must now have a sequel. What to do with those certain titles that were not blockbusters but still worthy? The answer is to create multiple follow-ups to those films on DVD. Examples I can think of off the top of my head include 8 MM, Bring It On, and Wild Things. Therefore I am not surprised that the 1980s gem The Lost Boys has now joined that trend with the direct-to-DVD sequel Lost Boys: The Tribe. Never in my life have I wanted so badly for Jason Patric to step in and save a film.

Lost Boys: The Tribe follows an orphaned ex-surfer Chris (Tad Hilgenbrink) and his younger sister Nicole (Autumn Reeser) who move to a beach town where the two of them hope to start life anew. Of course the area is a little "strange" and the filmmaking team was clearly not able to secure the rights to the Doors song from the original film to emphasize this eeriness. Chris looks to get into surfboard shaping while the teenage Nicole (who clearly is in her mid-20s) meets some of the local boys, to which her protective brother does not approve.

The real spookiness begins for the siblings when they attend a wild party hosted by the mysterious surfer Shane (Angus Sutherland, brother of Kiefer) and his friends. Nicole is taken by Shane's provocative behavior even though, in my opinion, he comes off more as a tool than actually cool. Shane convinces the na&#239ve Nicole to drink his blood from a flask, and the madness begins. If you have seen the first film, then you know the drill. Nicole is a half-vampire and the only way she can be saved is if head vampire Shane is destroyed. How will Chris be able to save his dear sister? Corey Feldman of course. Feldman returns as his comic-loving, vampire-staking hero Edgar Frog who is antsy to break out his holy water balloons, garlic, and crucifix-shaped stakes.

I am not really sure why it is that a straight-to-DVD movie is guaranteed to suck. Yes they have limited budgets, but so do independent films that end up winning Oscars. I am not suggesting that Lost Boys: The Tribe needed to shoot for Oscar gold, but the filmmakers could at least remember what made its predecessor so memorable and aim for something in the same vain. Instead we get seizure-inducing stop motion effects, vampires that holler obnoxiously, and laughable vampire makeup. Keeping this in mind, it should come as no surprise that director PJ Pesce directed From Dusk Till Dawn 3 in which he gave another great vampire flick a bad reputation. Although I do give him props for staging a chase scene involving vampires on skateboards and motorcycles with squad cars in pursuit. If only such inspiration occurred in the rest of the movie.

The acting is not exactly a redeeming factor. Most of the faces here are new ones who don't have the slightest idea about how to be natural. Hey, if Steven Soderbergh can get a bunch of non-experienced, small-town yocals to act well in the film Bubble, then how is it that these pretty faces with resumes can't receive proper direction? Poor Angus Sutherland is simply here because his older brother played the memorable baddie in the first film. With no acting experience under his belt, the poor kid is flopping in the water with no idea how to act both sexy and creepy. In fact, he comes off as an untentional creepy. Corey Feldman is back, which at first gave me hope. You know you are desperate when you place the fate of a movie on the shoulders of Corey Feldman. What Feldman reveals is that he was once a good actor as a teen and lost his touch somewhere. The actor forces himself to speak in a deep voice with an exaggerated snarl on his face. If only he did his research and watched himself hamming things up a tad more naturally in the original film.
The special features seem plentiful, but the loaded menu is more of a fa&#231ade. There is a 5-minute piece in which the filmmakers stress their appreciation for extreme sports and how this optimism was put into the film's skateboarding and surfing scenes. There is also a 5-minute piece in which Feldman's Edgar Frog stays in character to explain the various (and obvious) ways to kill a vampire. This one in particular may be fun for fans. The real treat here are the alternate endings that better utilize a cameo from Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander, better known as Sam Emerson and Alan Frog respectively from the original film.
Widescreen. Director PJ Pesce is clearly not the man for the job here. Aside from the aforementioned, well-staged skateboard scene, the man tries to hard to impress and fails to remember that he is following up a horror movie that some consider to be a classic.
5.1 Dolby Surround. What the film manages to get right is the soundtrack. There are not the memorable hits from the original, but the rocking selection is well thrown together. The remake of Cry Little Sister is even fitting.
The film comes in a standard case that pictures the film's principle cast members. The disc itself is two-sided and includes the widescreen and fullscreen version. There is also an insert with instructions on how to download the digital copy of the film for your I-Pod.
Lost Boys: The Tribe really could have been a worthy follow up to the bloody hilarious Lost Boys, but no filmmaker who knowingly makes a direct-to-DVD film seems to have any motivation to take their shoestring budget and do something positive with it. In fact, money probably could have been saved if someone didn't say, "We need to get Angus Sutherland", and if the makeup artist threw out the pancake makeup and simply settled for mean fangs and contact lenses. This sequel will be a sure letdown for fans of Lost Boys

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  1. ed_wood

    I thought it was pretty good and I'm looking forward to part three.

    7 years agoby @ed-woodFlag