Lost Boys: The Thirst [Blu-Ray] Dario Piana

Lost Boys: The Thirst [Blu-Ray] Dario Piana
Now, I understand that Lost Boys: The Tribe had moderate internet buzz and racked up about five-million in DVD sales, which, in business terms, means low budget income-generating sequel. But what I don't understand is why they put such little effort into the ordeal, hiring a writer and director that could clearly care less about their lame paycheque assignment. Knowing the Corey Feldman is really the only remaining thread from the original film, they've concocted a pseudo-spin-off with his Edgar Frog character acting as some sort of vampire expert and militant. Here, he's a bit more competent than he was as a child, looking for a rave-hosting head vampire with geeky comic book friend Zoe (Casey B. Dolan). Along for the ride is a vampire novelist named Gwen (Tanit Phoenix), whose global endowments are on camera more often than her face. I'm sure that screenwriter Evan Charnov was given a breakdown of his target demographic of uneducated, internet-addicted, dilettante males, which is why all of the jokes and subtext involve reality television and celebrity bloggers. This explains the constant panning shots of boobies and the protracted effort to insult a reality television vampire-hunter, but not the lack of wit involved in doing so. The dialogue is dreadful and not in an over-the-top, camp way. Despite Feldman's awkwardly gruff line delivery and some humour about incompetent fighters, the film seems to take itself seriously, regardless of the howl-inducing acting and bizarre cinematography. What's fascinating is that director Dario Piana directed The Deaths of Ian Stone, which was also a piece of shit, but it was a piece of shit that looked great. Lost Boys: The Thirst doesn't even look competent. In fact, I would wager that the many times when the camera is off its mark and the line delivery isn't quite right were a result of indifference and a strict adherence to a shooting schedule. I believe the, "Meh, close enough" approach was taken to the entire film. I mean, when you have a film that is little more than Corey Feldman looking for a vampire rave while wearing a red bandana, what's the point? The Blu-Ray includes some awkward character blogs where you can see the actors reading cue cards, along with a vampire lore seduction supplement with Charisma Carpenter (Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel). She too visibly reads cue cards, but hopefully got a nice paycheque out of the deal. Oh, and Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander joke around in character. It's a scream. (Warner)