Lost Boys: The Tribe has to be one of the biggest flops – indie production or not – that horror has ever seen. It’s a dreadful, dreadful movie that blows its wad within about 10 minutes, when a handful of surfing suckheads completely obliterate Tom Savini. From that moment forward, it’s a train wreck times two.
And I love it.
Why – better yet how can I love it? Because it’s an effin’ Lost Boys movie, and this franchise will always have a special place in my heart. The inaugural film left such an indelible impression on me as a youngster that I cannot separate myself from the brand. No matter how good or bad these films are.
And, just so you know this writer’s stance: I adored the first film, which is about as perfect as possible; I got a major kick out of the second film, not at all because it’s a fine film, but just because I finally got to see a Lost Boys Sequel, and it even had Corey Haim surface in a few post-picture frames; and the third film Lost Boys: The Thirst, was actually a decent picture, infinitely stronger than The Tribe with tons of carnage, Edgar Frog and – believe it or not – a new love interest for Edgar.
That’s the truth as I see it.
Does that mean I’d like to see a Lost Boys 4? You bet your candy ass I want to see Lost Boys 4!
Corey Feldman recently spoke with MovieWeb about the potential creation of a fourth film, and Feldman, who’s always had a soft spot for the franchise, had plenty to say.
“Unfortunately, I don’t know what is going on with any of that,” Feldman states. “In regards to that topic? Is there a possible future? Is there more life in the Frog Brothers and The Lost Boys? Absolutely! There is always the possibility. That is one of the things I’m most proud of. I’ve been instrumental in making that franchise come back to life, or helping that franchise come back to life. And being a big part of it. Do I see a future with possibly more Frog Brothers movies? Absolutely! Is it a guarantee? No! Do we have something on the table at the moment? No. But there might be some ideas kicking around. Lets just say, at this point, they are at the idea stage.”
“I think if anything now, if I were to go back to Edgar, and the things we are talking about internally, it would be more along the lines of part four, or a theatrical version of the film again,” Feldman also discussed a Frog Brothers television series, and whether or not that could become a reality. “I think that’s where my mind’s eye is.”
Of course the idea of a reboot, or remake surfaces, and if you’re asking Feldman about that approach, well, you may as well forget about it!
“After what happened with Ghostbusters, I would veer to stay away from that idea,” he said. “I’m not a hater. I encourage all artistic endeavors. And I support anything as long it’s good. I just hate seeing crap, and I hate seeing schlock. And I hate seeing when they take a very valuable and positive franchise and destroy it with something that sounds like a really good idea, but is not. So, to me…I’m a firm believer in giving the fans what we know they want. And give it to them the way they want it. It’s always nice to throw some surprises in there. But I am also not a believer in the reboot. I do not think it is a good idea. I don’t like it. I think when fans want a sequel to their favorite films, they want to see their favorite characters, and their favorite actors playing those characters, and they want to know where those characters are ten years later, or a few years later. And that is the fun of a sequel.”
Corey nails things spot on, in my opinion. This is a guy who understands that reboots or remakes aren’t necessarily the answer to reinjecting life into certain franchises. Feldman’s also pretty respectful about the whole thing, and when reading his words, feeling his excitement just discussing the franchise, it’s really hard not to love this guy. Corey Feldman is and always has been an interesting character that embodies the term ‘likeable.’
Whatever the case, Corey – I hope to see you approach the role again in the future. And I’m not the only one!