Starring: Tad Hilgenbrink, Angus Sutherland, Autumn Reeser, and Corey Feldman
Directed by: P.J. Pesce
Being a child of the 1980s, I love the original Lost Boys. Yes Joel Schumacher made a good film and it was Lost Boys. Fans of the film have been excited about this sequel since its announcement. Well, here it is and oh the times have changed…back to 1990s cable porn inspired horror.
A teenage girl and her brother move to the beach of California to start a new life after the death of their parents. Since this is a vampire film, the girl is targeted by a new coven of vampires. These aren’t the weird 80s vamps with mullets and rat tails, but surfer boys with a penchant for Jackass and being frat boys. I prefer Keifer Sutherland with a mullet.
The movie does not break any ground in the horror department. It is more like a scifi channel exclusive than a sequel to a wonderful film. For some reason, the movie does not go into anything nostalgic, except for the inclusion of Corey Feldman as Edgar Frog.
With Feldman aside, the film is a throwaway vampire movie. In fact, Tom Savini is wasted at the beginning of the film. I would have loved to see what he could have done for this movie in the special effects department. Instead they use him for a cameo. Corey Haim makes a cameo at the end too, but again does nothing to save this movie..
Since the makers had no plot or wit, they inserted rated and unrated levels of nudity. The level depends on what version you buy or rent. While it can’t save the film, the nudity reminds me of a 1980s low budget movie. Again, this is the only positive I can come up with. Perhaps in capable hands, this could have been special. I would have rather seen a better movie with a theatrical release. However, my inner teenager from the 90s loves the nudity and is waiting for this to come on HBO so he can record it on a VHS tape.
The special effects on the monster vampires look horrible, but the blood effects look nice on this movie. The DVD has both widescreen enhanced for widescreen tvs and the standard version. On an HDTV the film looks fine, but could have better resolution. A 1080p Blu-Ray version is available, but stick with the DVD, since there is nothing spectacular to see here.
The movie is in Dolby digital, but not 5.1. However, there is nothing to really test the limits of audio equipment either. There is a horrible remake of the original Lost Boys song by Peter Murphy that will make you cry. Seriously, just watch the original and cable porn, you will be much happier.
The Packaging and Bonus Features
Hardly anything is added to this disc. There are a couple of featurettes., but they are uneventful. The Edgar Frog guide to hunting vampires feature is just a money shot segment of all of the vampire kills. Garlic doesn’t work on vampires, but crappy features must.
Overall (Not an Average) 4/10
The Movie 6/10
The Video 5/10
The Audio 3/10
The Packaging and Bonus Features 3/10
Overall (Not an Average) 4.5/10