Two great flavors that go together incredibly well; that is what you want when you create a fusion, right? Obviously, this is what the studio was thinking when Lost Boys: The Tribe was put together. They took the vampires and story of Lost Boys and put it in a blender with the extreme sports of Point Break. Sure-fire combination, right? Well, maybe not.
There was a lot of effort to put out a sequel to The Lost Boys in the 90s. However, none of it resulted in an actual movie. There is a comic book miniseries that came out that is the truest sequel to the original. So, what is a studio to do when they are making a sequel two decades after the original?
In this case, they aped the snot out of the original. The Lost Boys: The Tribe seriously follows the primary beats of the original movie everywhere it can. The main characters are siblings. Plus, the two of them have moved to a new town following some disruption in their family life (in this case, untimely death of parents). Once they get there, they make some contact with a Frog brother. At the same time, one of the siblings falls for someone in the vampire gang and becomes a half vampire.
Where is this going to go? Well, obviously, the Frog brother recommends killing the half vampire sibling. The sibling refuses to and enlists the Frog brother to help fight the vampires and kill the head vampire to free their sibling. This of course will lead to a show down between the family, with the Frog’s help, and the vampire tribe. Along the way, they also crib a piece from Point Break where the concerned sibling must join the vampire tribe. He has to become one of them and they are also adrenaline junky extreme sports enthusiasts.
If this seems like a pretty bare bones explanation of the plot, it is. There just really isn’t much more to talk about in the way of plot. It is a shameless retelling of the original with a little bit of cheap flash thrown in. The characters are pretty memorable and the leading actors do it little favor. Not really sure what to expect out of them, as the male lead has never set the world on fire. The female lead does actually seem to have a bit of a career despite one of the worst “I’m going to vomit” scenes I’ve seen an actor put out.
Even though the brother risks his life for his sister, he has some ridiculous moments of his own. His sister has been vomiting and tried to kill him just before Edgar Frog shows up. He sticks by her and doesn’t let Edgar kill her even though he reveals her half-vampire curse. Immediately following this moment, he barely puts up a fight before inviting a girl in to hook up. This is not a good hero in the making.
Really, the only thing saving The Lost Boys: The Tribe is the involvement of Corey Feldman as Edgar Frog. He brings a little of the fun of the original to this one. Unfortunately, he is a little overboard and comes off as a bit of a caricature of his character from the original. Without him, it would feel more like an unconnected movie just blatantly ripping it off. With his presence, it is at least making a play on nostalgia. And this is a movie playing so hard no nostalgia that it even employed an antler kill. In the end, watch this once just for nostalgia’s sake and to watch more of Edgar.
Picture Quality: 2/5
Lost Boys: The Tribe does not have a very pretty transfer. Clarity is okay, but the grain is pretty rough for a movie of its time. The age of the transfer really does show in this release. It isn’t marred with compression artifacts or DNR techniques at least.
Audio Quality: 2/5
This is just not good. The audio levels aren’t well balanced. Dialog is quiet and frequently unclear. You turn it up for dialog and you get punched in the face by the loud scenes. And not in the way intended. At least all the rock music sounds pretty good. Perhaps that was the best thing going for this movie anyway.
Special Features and Packaging
Two Alternate Endings: These two endings include Corey Haim reprising his role as Sam Emerson and tying Edgar’s brother, Alan into the movie.
Edgar Frog’s Guide to Coming Back Alive: Feldman shows off some of Edgar’s weaponry in the character of Edgar Frog. This is entertaining as he hams it up. Really the best part of the special features.
“Lost Boys: The Tribe:” Action Junkies: They are vampires. Surfing is their hobby. Also, they like to ride motorcycles and skateboards. This is is five minutes showing us behind the scenes on this filming. Not terrible, but nothing really enlightening.
Cry Little Sister Music Video
Downfall Music Video
Hell is Full Music Video
It’s Over Now Music Video
Yay, Music videos to songs that weren’t that great to begin with. The only song that really felt good in the movie is the cover of “Cry Little Sister” and that is really just because it is a nod to the original. While they weren’t terrible videos in their own right, they are just forgettable. I guess it is a cool toss-in, but I just couldn’t care less about them.
“Build a man a fire and he is warm for a day. Set a man on fire and he is warm for the rest of his life.” Yes, that is a quote from a scene in The Lost Boys: The Tribe. You know it isn’t going to be very good. The only real point in watching Lost Boys: The Tribe is to get a little more time with a Frog brother. Other than that, there is no point. The plot is a lazy rip off with cheap adrenaline scenes added. The audio sounds pretty bad. The extra scenes with Edgar make it a little better, but still really just a one-time watch. Rent it or skip it and just watch the original a second time with the commentary. I reviewed the original here.