Lost Boys did not need a second outing

The sequel to the classic vampire movie, the Lost Boys, follows siblings Chris (Tad Hilgenbrinck) and Nicole (Autumn Reeser) Emerson. Having lost both of their parents, the two move to Luna Bay to live with their Aunt.

Chris, having once been a professional surfer, crosses paths with head vampire and surfer Shane (Angus Sutherland) who invites both of them to a party. It doesn’t take long for Shane to make his move on Nicole, offering her a taste of vampire blood. As Nicole’s transformation begins, Chris receives the help of none other than Edgar Frog (Corey Feldman). Together, the two pair up to take down the vampires and save Nicole.

It is very easy to see why fans of the original Lost Boys found themselves so disappointed in this sequel. While having the film directed by anyone other than Joel Schumacher spelled out as much trust in this film as its straight to DVD plans, hopes were high that P.J. Pesce’s (From Dusk Till Dawn 3) could possibly turn this around. The result is what seems like a complete copycat of the original with a slightly more updated world that these vampires live in.

If this story seems familiar, that’s because it doesn’t deviate from the original by much. Even the song “Cry Little Sister” has been remade in this film. The major differences that you’ll actually notice are in the behavior of the vampires, as more swears and pop culture references come out of their mouths then bitten necks. The connections run so deep that there are plenty of signs pointing to the parents of Chris and Nicole as Michael and Starr from the last film.

The film fails to impress on nearly every aspect. Further proving that Feldman is stuck in his heyday, there are several scenes where he begins to say lines identical to those he spoke in the first film.

The directing leaves something to be desired as there are plot holes galore. Not to mention the overuse of the most rudimentary special effects, making this straight to DVD offering look even more amateur then one would expect. The film does capitalise on providing its viewers with explicit sex scenes that secure this movie in B history.

What’s more disappointing than having Kiefer’s half-brother take up the mantle of head vampire is that the supposed cameos of Corey Haim and Jamison Newlander are not even technically in the film. Haim makes his appearance in an after credits scene, if you can patiently wait for your DVD player to fast forward to it. While Newlander is only in the two alternate endings. If this was your reasoning for wanting to see this film, you may just want to hit up YouTube.