Lost Boys: The Thirst
By Jeffrey Anderson,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Silly sequel to '80s camp vampire film with gore, nudity.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Nobody really learns anything here; the movie more or less celebrates Edgar Frog's lifelong, single-minded dedication to killing vampires, even at the expense of a normal life. He has a fairly bad attitude toward just about everything, but hardly anything changes over the course of his adventure. His cynicism is what manages to save the day.
Positive Role Models
Despite his cynicism, his loner and violent tendencies, and his use of language and drugs, there's something rather appealing about Edgar Frog. He's smart, brave, and resourceful, and he's the natural leader in a group of people. He's a problem solver. He's suspicious of most people, but very dedicated to the ones he knows he can trust.
Violence & Scariness
Typical "vampire violence," including biting, spurting blood, stabbing, burning with holy water, and vampires exploding into clouds of dust. Additionally, there are lots of fictitious weapons designed to kill vampires, including holy water squirt guns, ultraviolet light guns, and explosive charges that release spikes. There's also some fist fighting and sword fighting, and a vampire rips a human's heart out of his chest. A character works on a taxidermy project, and we see animal intestines and dripping blood on fur. Finally, the opening credits feature spattering blood on every title card.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Hardly any sex here, but there is a generous portion of female nudity. We mostly see topless women dancing at parties. In one shot, a male vampire sucks blood from the neck of a topless female. Occasionally two women are seen kissing, and in one scene, a vampire woman licks blood from the stomach of another woman. The lead female character undresses down to her underwear.
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Language is not constant, but is strong. There are about a half-dozen uses of "f--k" and perhaps ten or so uses of "s--t." Additional language includes uses of "hell," "damn," "bitch," and "butt."
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Products & Purchases
The hero uses a Kindle in one scene and mentions it in a line of dialogue.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens are seen taking drugs at rave parties. Although the drugs are fictional (it's called "The Thirst," and is really a vial of vampire blood), the movie still celebrates teens using drugs to have a good time. (Although there is a clear price for taking the drug.) The hero is seen smoking pot in one scene, and wears a t-shirt with what appears to be pot leaves on the front.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that LOST BOYS: THE THIRST -- the third in the series of vampire movies that began with The Lost Boys (1987) -- features the expected amount of vampire violence and gore (biting, spurting blood, stabbing, ripping flesh, burning, and exploding bodies). Language is not constant but includes several uses of "f--k" and "s--t." There are several brief scenes of female nudity (mostly topless women dancing at a rave party) and some girl-on-girl kissing and licking. Teens take a fictitious drug called "the thirst." They are shown to be having a good time, though there is a price to pay. Parents who grew up with the original movie -- and older teen vampire fans who want something a little lighter and sillier than the Twilight movies -- may be interested.
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What's the Story?
Twenty-three years after the events of The Lost Boys, vampire hunter Edgar Frog (Corey Feldman) is on his own, broke, and with no prospects. Even his brother Alan (Jamison Newlander) has been turned into a vampire. By chance, Gwen Lieber (Tanit Phoenix), the gorgeous author of romantic vampire fiction, walks into his life with a job. She explains that her brother has been kidnapped by a brood of vampires that are throwing rave parties and turning hoards of teens into vampires. If Edgar can find them and stop them, he has a chance of killing the "alpha" vampire, and thus ending the entire plague. Edgar is always prepared to fight bloodsuckers, but not even he is ready for what actually transpires.
Is It Any Good?
Released direct-to-DVD, Lost Boys: The Thirst isn't exactly a high-quality production. It lacks in the acting and dialogue department, and it has a pervading cheap quality. But it often makes up for these things with a humorous, self-aware quality, with the audience in on the joke. However, there are an equal number of more straightforward jokes that fall flat.
Perhaps the movie's biggest benefit is the presence of Corey Feldman, returning, 23 years older, from the original film, and playing a vampire slayer that predates even Buffy. His Edgar Frog is part deluded action hero and part outcast, having devoted his life to a thankless cause and having very little to show for it; he's the very opposite of glamorous. The former child star brings just the right kind of attitude -- and probably a little personal experience -- to this role, and he's never less than interesting.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the movie's violence. How did it make you feel? Was it exciting or disturbing? How did the movie go about creating this feeling?
What makes a character like Edgar Frog a hero? He's cynical, unfriendly, and sometimes downright mean. Is he still appealing?
Why are vampires and horror movies so popular today?
- On DVD or streaming: October 5, 2010
- Cast: Casey B. Dolan, Corey Feldman, Tanit Phoenix
- Director: Dario Piana
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- Genre: Horror
- Run time: 81 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: strong bloody violence, sexuality/nudity, language and some drug content
- Last updated: March 31, 2022
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