Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Lost Boys: The Tribe (2008)

If this had been the pilot movie for a Lost Boys TV series aimed at the average Buffy fan, it may have actually been successful on some level. As it is, as a cheap direct to DVD straight sequel to the 1987 classic, it is an immense let down, but that isnt to say that it is an entire disaster. A brother and sister move to a small beach town, only to have the sister become involved with a new band of Gen X vampires. It is up to the brother and a surprising ally to save the girl and the town. There are plenty of throwbacks to the original film and other pop culture references, but what should have been tasteful homages feel like banal stabs at its predecessor. The acting and plot average the same level of quality as most weekly teen serials, and it moves at a stead pace with decent action and gore. The bloodshed is most surprising, with literal fountains of the red stuff spouting from the human prey. The biggest misstep the film could have taken was aligning itself with a title that has an implied level of expectation and quality. With the bar set so high, a film of this size would be hard-pressed to win over the fans. As a conventional teen horror TV episode, the film may have been received better, but as a stand alone sequel it doesnt break any new ground or offer the audience any reason to be impressed.

Rating: 6/10.
Entertainment: 7/10.
Gore: 6/10.



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8 comments:

  1. My thing is that they intentionally put off the story that people wanted to see: Cory vs. Cory. They give you the teaser at the very end solely with the purpose of selling a third film. Not cool, guys.

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  2. Yeah, I blame Cory for that one

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  3. I walked away from this one. I think I had dishes to wash or something important like that.

    I agree with you comments about the homage feeling so out of place and actually made me wonder what the.....I just started to feel uncomfortable and left husband to finish watching.

    Cheers!

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  4. I laugh at greased up sax guy as much as the any other fan in the original film, and though its funny seeing him out of shape playing on the street corner in the second film, it feels like a complete disrespect to the first one, even though it was very funny. I also caught several pop culture references that felt like they were slipped into the script by a fanboy (particularly the reference from The Warriors), whereas the Batman dialogue in the Frog Bros shop in the original felt more organic given the setting, if any of that makes sense.

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  5. Yeah...what a letdown. Although I must say I did get my laughs from this one.

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  6. I FOUND IT FUN AS A DRIVE IN MOVIE, THE THING IS, ONCE A MOVIE IS TERMED CLASSIC LIKE THE ORIGINAL, IT'S PART 2 WOULD NEVER LIVE UP TO THE HYPE, PLUS LOOK HOW MANY YEARS PASSED, I AM JUST HAPPY TO WATCH ANOTHER FUN FLICK FROM MY CHILDHOOD, I SAW THE ORIGINAL LOST BOYS AT THE DRIVE IN....

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  7. Im always all for remakes and sequels even if they inevitably fail, and Id even watch a Jaws sequel done entirely in CG, this one just had a strict TV pilot feel for my taste. It was an ok ride, I had some fun with it, but it will be soon forgotten

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