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With: Corey Feldman, Tanit Phoenix, Jamison Newlander, Sean Cameron Michael, Casey B. Dolan, Joe Vaz, Matthew Dylan Roberts, Seb Castang
Written by: Evan Charnov, Hans Rodionoff, based on a story by Evan Charnov
Directed by: Dario Piana
MPAA Rating: R for strong bloody violence, sexuality/nudity, language and some drug content
Running Time: 81
Date: 10/12/2010

Lost Boys: The Thirst (2010)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Still Lost in the Shadows

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Released direct-to-DVD, Lost Boys: The Thirst isn't exactly a high-quality production. It lacks here and there in the acting and dialogue department, and it has a pervading cheapness. But it often makes up for these things with a humorous, self-aware quality, with the audience in on the joke. However, there are an equal number of more straightforward jokes that fall flat.

Twenty-three years after the events of The Lost Boys, vampire hunter Edgar Frog (Corey Feldman) is on his own, broke, and with no prospects. Even his brother Alan (Jamison Newlander) has been turned into a vampire. By chance, Gwen Lieber (Tanit Phoenix), the gorgeous author of romantic vampire fiction, walks into his life with a job. She explains that her brother has been kidnapped by a brood of vampires that are throwing rave parties and turning hoards of teens into vampires. If Edgar can find them and stop them, he has a chance of killing the "alpha" vampire, and thus ending the entire plague. Edgar is always prepared to fight bloodsuckers, but not even he is ready for what actually transpires.

Perhaps the movie's biggest benefit is the presence of Corey Feldman, returning, 23 years older, from the original film, and playing a vampire slayer that predates even "Buffy." His Edgar Frog is part deluded action hero and part outcast, having devoted his life to a thankless cause and having very little to show for it; he's the very opposite of glamorous. The former child star brings just the right kind of attitude -- and probably a little personal experience -- to this role, and he's never less than interesting.

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