Lost Boys: The Tribe (2008)
Directed By: P.J. Pesce
Starring: Corey Feldman, Tad Hilgenbrink, Autumn Reeser, Angus Sutherland, Shaun Sipos, Merwin Mondesir, Kyle Cassie, Tom Savini
Synopsis: Chris and his sister Nicole move to a vampire infested surf community where Nicole is seduced by the head vampire. Chris seeks out the help of Edgar Frog to save his sister and settle the score.
Thoughts: Making a sequel to one of the most beloved is not an easy task. Making one on a limited budget with a screenplay that was originally intended to feature werewolves is even tougher. The original Lost Boys was a bit of a perfect storm with a great cast, compelling storyline and good old teen angst on its side.
The cast for The Tribe isn’t actually too bad. Tad Hilgenbrink played a decent lead, especially as the former surfer with the attitude problem. Autumn Reeser, the sister, is pretty damn attractive, which is her strong point, and the vampire crew is decent as adrenalin junkie vampires. Angus Sutherland, half-brother to Kiefer, seems to nail the laid back surfer attitude, but it was a little to laid back for me. Tom Savini even makes a cameo as a vampire that runs across the surfer pack. That leaves one major player in the remake, Edgar Frog. Corey Feldman returns in the role that made him famous and steps right back into it. He serves as a bit of comic relief and as the bridge between the first movie.
The direction is pretty solid too, as there are a couple of X-Games inspired action sequences that are filmed pretty well. It is a pretty blatant attempt at cashing in on the popularity of “extreme” sports, but it wasn’t too bad. The vampire FX were solid too, with vampire deaths thrown in.
The Tribe has a lot going for it, but does fall a little short in the long run. The story just never grabs you and the ending fight is rushed. As awesome as Edgar Frog is, this might have been better without him. The movie was fairly serious up to the point he was introduced, and took on more of a campy feel after.
There are a lot worse sequels out there, especially ones that are direct to video. The Tribe is worth checking out, especially for fans of the original movie and vampire flicks.