Sunday, February 5, 2012

Review: Lost Boys – The Tribe (2008)


“I'm Edgar Frog, surfboard shaper and vampire hunter.”

Director: P J Pesce
Actors: Tad Hilgenbrink, Angus Sutherland, Autumn Reeser and Corey Feldman
Writers: Hans Rodionoff

Come with me as we step into a zone beyond time and space. Where the normal movie rules are thrown into complete disregard, and as you wander about you’ll begin to question your sanity. Welcome to the Cheap Cash in Zone. (cue Twilight Zone Music) With an intro like that I’m pretty sure you know where this review is going, but please come with me as we trudge through this movie.

Before I get into the bad, I will deal with the two things that I enjoyed in this movie. First is Angus Sutherland as the head vampire Shane. Now I’m not going to stand here and say that he’s a great actor, but he’s definitely got the Sutherland Charisma. I believed that he could bring together a motley crew of vampires and lead them through their undying existence. The second positive is Corey Feldman as Edgar Frog. He knows the character, he is the character. Some of his dialogue is a little cringe worthy, but at that’s more at the hands of the writer and not him. Basically if you loved the Frog brothers from the original movie than you shouldn’t enjoy seeing him again.

Everything in this movie is laughable, and reeks of laziness. I try not to get mad at movies as there is no real point in it, but this movie really got under my skin as it seemed as if the makers of the movie really didn’t care. I’ll give some examples to help you understand. There is a driving scene where on of the characters ask how they are going to surf at night, seeming there is no moon out, cut to a scene of them surfing where there is a full bloody moon! Next we have a character who disbelieves in vampires, even though she is becoming one and nearly killed a man. Okay maybe she doesn’t remember right? Well that’s blown out of the water as only a minute later she now is complaining about the thirst she felt in the moment before. What the hell? No one cares about consistency and continuity in this movie, and as such it just reeks of laziness and an insult to the audience members.

The story here is basically beat for beat the same as the original, but even at the same basic running time doesn’t manage to gives us as fleshed out characters, or really highlight the gradual change into a vampire. Honestly watching this movie back to back with the first film would be an excellent lesson in how to pace a movie correctly, and how to actually make us care about characters. It’s amazing how this movie can’t even copy correctly.

There is more to complain about in the movie but I’ve covered the two major points, which pretty much reduce this movie to an unwatchable mess. People who love the film and want some more Frog Brother action best look elsewhere. There is a third movie out there and yes I have watched it, and yes I will be reviewing it. While I won’t give away my thoughts on the movie, I can confirm you don’t need to watch this movie, to watch the other one. So at the end of the day you don’t need to go anywhere near this fetid piece of crap.

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