Where does one go after Lost Boys: The Tribe? One can surely hope, that the only direction it could go is up. You see, the sequel to Lost Boys: The Tribe was basically a rehash with a bargain basement Tom Welling put in a blender with the superficial parts of Point Break. The best thing that Lost Boys: The Thirst could do is to be different from the last entry. Thankfully, they got that part right.
The Film: 3/5
Lost Boys: The Thirst begins with a flashback. Edgar and his brother, Alan, are hunting vampires, as the Frog Brothers do. Surprisingly enough, we find out that politics is full of vampires. As the Frog Brothers are hunting these blood-sucking politicians (who happen to also be vampires), Alan is unfortunately lost to the cause. Yes, our beloved Alan Frog has been turned into a vampire himself during this attack.
Now, we return to the present. Edgar is living alone in a run-down trailer. Still spending his nights hunting vampires, he finds himself broke. He is so broke that the bank is going to evict him out of his trailer. Falling to his last resort, Edgar sells his comics, but not the Batman #14 that he received from his fallen friend, Sam Emmerson from the original Lost Boys.
In a moment of providence, a wealthy woman, Gwen, offers Edgar money in exchange for help in saving her brother. It turns out that vampires are leading raves across the country. At these raves, they are distributing a drug called “the thirst” which is really just vampire blood. Obviously, this results in the users becoming vampires themselves, bolstering their ranks. Gwen’s brother is intended to be a sacrifice during the rave that is coming to town. In order to save him, Edgar along with the others that Gwen has assembled, must find and enter the rave themselves.
Like I said before, Lost Boys: The Tribe was a mess of a movie; it was bland and a sad rehash of the original. Though I consider it worth one watch because of Corey Feldman’s portrayal of the Edgar character. Overall, I think the movie was pretty terrible. Thankfully, Lost Boys: The Thirst is much better than its predecessor. Upon revisiting the films, you don’t even need to see the second one at all. Much like Highlander III did after the mess that was Highlander II, Lost Boys: The Thirst functions without any dependency on the second entry. All you need to do is to view it as a follow-up to the original film. In my opinion, repeat viewings of just the first and third movies will provide the greatest Lost Boys enjoyment for you.
The second film just seemed to toil endlessly in boring scenes while overindulging in meaningless adrenaline junky scenes. Lost Boys: The Thirst paces itself much better. The set up doesn’t take overly long. We return to having the protagonists research a mystery. Also, we have a band of misfits going after the vampires again in a series of scenes that move pretty snappy. The editing even looks better this time around.
Unsurprisingly, and probably to its benefit, Lost Boys: The Thirst frequently references the original film. We get flashbacks to the comic shop when Edgar and Alan met Sam. During what would be considered his hero’s journey, Edgar visits Alan, who after being turned, is now working as a taxidermist and using the blood from animals to control his cravings. Alan has since lost any hope in finding the Alpha Vampire and killing him to return him to humanity. The moment serves to show Edgar’s personal need to end the Alpha’s reign.
Edgar and Alan are the highlights of the movie. Most of the other characters seem like throwaways. Edgar is a delightful caricature of his character from the first movie. Alan is meaningful in his depressed resignation to his fate. I’ll give credit to Edgar’s friend, Zoe (played by Casey B. Dolan). She is interesting and has chemistry with Feldman, while also being able to take care of herself. On the other hand, the blogger, the author, and the reality TV star are all fairly uninteresting. Thankfully, their screen time is pretty limited to only serving their place.
Overall, the movie is far from great. It pales in comparison to the original. However, it is a marked improvement over the second film and a worthy conclusion to the series. It is, at the least, recommended to watch if you enjoy vampire films.
Video Quality: 3/5
While, you never really expect an amazing picture from a direct to video sequel, Lost Boys: The Thirst doesn’t really disappoint the viewer. The image is pretty clean and robust for the most part. Even though nothing truly impresses in the transfer, nothing really lets the viewer down. Occasionally the dark, interior shots can be a little muddied, but most of the movie is quite clear and contains satisfying blacks. The colors, while rarely vibrant are satisfying in their cold nature.
Audio Quality: 3.5/5
Surprisingly enough, Lost Boys: The Thirst features a solid DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. The surround is okay in general. There are times when the sound effects are properly enveloping and then there are moments where placement is weak. The music has clarity in all the rave scenes, as well as, the dialog being quite clean throughout. Similar to the video, but a little better, the audio is not bad, but not great.
Special Features and Packaging: 2.5/5
How to Kill a Vampire: Edgar Frog shows us what he uses to hunt vampires. This is easily the best extra, even though it is only a bit over five minutes. More Edgar is always good in these releases.
Charisma Carpenter Hosts The Art of Seduction: Vampire Lore: Charisma Carpenter takes a look at Vampirism and the associated romanticism. This feature also includes interviews with the cast and crew.
The Lost Boys: Return of the Frog Brothers: Corey Feldman interviews Edgar and Alan Frog. Probably the second best feature of the bunch with Edgar and Alan full on, in character delivering laughs.
What is the Thirst: Short little promo videos by vampires to get people to come to the rave. Accompanied by one woman’s plea to avoid the thirst.
You can find this in a release by itself with a DVD copy, but I recommend the three pack with the original and the second movie in the series.
Lost Boys: The Thirst Overall: 3/5
I won’t blow smoke here, this movie won’t win Oscars and this release isn’t worthy of high praise. However, it is a fine conclusion to the series and the disc has reasonable technical merits and extras. Additionally, it is packed in with the first two movies at a bargain price. You can frequently find this set around $10 on Amazon. If you are lucky, it is has been scene for around $4 at FYE lately. Give this one a chance, you will probably like it if you enjoyed the first. You just won’t love it.