A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What 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?