I never thought I’d find myself writing this, but The Thirst, a direct-to-DVD sequel to The Lost Boys, is actually not that bad. I mean, it’s definitely not good, but if you go in with the right mindset, it’s actually possible to have a good time. I haven’t seen the original Lost Boys since the early nineties, and honestly, I don’t remember it at all. That doesn’t really matter in this case, however. Any necessary backstory is easily pieced together through very brief flashbacks.
Corey Feldman stars as Edgar Frog, half of the infamouse Frog Brothers. It seems that they were an elusive vampire-hunting team beset by tragedy when Alan Frog was turned into a vampire in the last film. Now, Edgar is trying to make ends meet without his brother by his side. When Edgar is hired to rescue the brother of a best-selling horror novelist, he finds himself at the site of a rave where everyone will be turned into vampires. Action and mayhem ensue.
And that’s about it. The film is very silly, and it knows it. I found myself getting caught up in the humor of the whole thing. Feldman especially seems to be in on the joke, overacting to great comedic effect. In fact, all of the acting in the movie is terrible. But that’s part of the charm. I found myself enjoying the film because of how cheesy it was rather than in spite of it.
Even the special effects aren’t that bad. The weakest effects are found in some really bad wirework, but other than that, I actually enjoyed some of the vampire disintegration effects. There was also a decent amount of gore, but nothing too extreme. I’m sure the movie won’t end up that memorable, but I had a good time watching it, and sometimes, that’s good enough.
Unfortunately, there is only one extra on the disc, and it’s a really bad one. Entitled “The Art of Seduction: Vampire Lore,” this is supposedly a documentary on the nature of vampirism. Hosted by Charisma Carpenter (Buffy, the Vampire Slayer), this is a very brief feature that takes itself way too seriously. Featuring interviews with those involved in the film itself as well as supposed experts on all things vampire, this feature attempts to dissect what it is to be a vampire as well as the concept of vampirism from a societal perspective.
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However, there is no insight to be found. As the title of this feature would imply, they focus primarily on the sexuality of vampires and the supposed seductive appeal behind them. However, the whole feature is tonally inconsistant. Carpenter introduces each segment as if she’s Elvira, complete with horrible one-liners and knowingly over-the-top dialogue. However, most of those interviewed seem to feel as if they are providing great insight. Considering that this is the only feature on the disc, I would have liked something that pertained a little bit more to the film itself.
The actual movie seems to have a greater understanding as to what it is. This is one of those movies that looks like it would have been just as fun to make as it is to watch. The acting is awful, but at least they seem to be having a good time. It’s not worth a purchase, but if you’re looking for a rental that will kill some time, you could do a lot worse.