1987 – a year that saw two big vampire movies. There was Kathryn Bigelow’s acclaimed classic NEAR DARK, which the horror fans loved – and then there was the boy band of vampire flicks: Joel Schumacher’s THE LOST BOYS, which all the young girls saw to drool over Kiefer Sutherland, who was promoted as a rather unlikely sex symbol. However, while NEAR DARK was analyzed – and still is analyzed – by film scholars and historians in books and articles, THE LOST BOYS was forgotten…
…Until about ten years later, when it was rediscovered and turned into something of a cult film, often by people who were too young to see it in theatres in 1987. Kids were quoting lines (“Death by stereo!”) and Corey Feldman – one of the Frog Brothers, the highlight of the movie – was made into some kind of obscure Hollywood legend.
Corey Feldman. While being a child actor in the 80s, he seemed to be everywhere. He was the kid next door in GREMLINS. He was one of the boys looking for a corpse in the acclaimed STAND BY ME. He was in THE GOONIES, another of those movies that is hailed as a classic by people who were too young to see it when it was released, and who probably rented the video over and over again as young kids. Feldman is also beloved for playing the part of Tommy Jarvis, the boy who chops up Jason with a machete in FRIDAY THE 13:TH – THE FINAL CHAPTER, the best of the Friday sequels and a movie that featured actors who actually had real carreers (like Crispin Glover). And – Feldman made a whole bunch of movies co-starring with Corey Haim. The two Coreys. It was sometimes hell to tell them apart.
But Corey Feldman was one of those child stars who was promoted by their parents. Life was tough and he saw his childhood disappear, he didn’t have a normal childhood – something that eventually led to Feldman having, well, “problems”. And because of these, ahem, problems, his carreer went down the drain and he turned up in several strange productions. TALES FROM THE CRYPT PRESENTS: BORDELLO OF BLOOD, in which he has a bit part, has to be counted as a big movie during these years.
However, Feldman got back on his feet and got over his problems, and appeared in a couple of independent movies that toured film festivals – and he became something of a cult actor.
21 years after THE LOST BOYS. Corey Feldman – happy, relaxed, funny, enthusiastic – is visiting Fantastisk Filmfestival in Lund, Sweden, to present LOST BOYS: THE TRIBE.
“The summer of 1987, there were two big movies. It was LOST BOYS or LA BAMBA,” Feldman says. “But I guess it’s like you say, ten years later, lots of people rediscovered LOST BOYS and created a little cult. I think they appreciate the fantasy of it.”
But why did we have to wait 21 years for a sequel? Why didn’t they make one right away? “I’ve received a couple of scripts for a sequel the past 20 years, but they haven’t been very good,” says Feldman without really answering the question. “But now was the time to do it.”
This is probably because Warner recently created Warner Premiere; their direct-to-DVD company that mainly produces sequels to successful movies where a theatrical sequel may be risky.
“We got different information all the time. Sometimes they said it would get a theatrical release, sometimes that it would go straight to DVD. But to me there’s no difference in acting in a movie made for DVD or the big screen.”
Corey Feldman is 37, but looks much younger. He’s also rather short.
“One problem with sequels,” he says, “is that the actors change so much between the movies. Just look at THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK! They don’t look like the same people who were in STAR WARS! So, in LOST BOYS 2, I wanted to look exactly like I did back in 1987.”
…Which he actually does. Only his voice has lost his boyishness. To compensate, he speaks like a character from THE MUPPET SHOW or something like that.
It’s 2008 and the tough years are over. Okay, Feldman is chain smoking, but he doesn’t drink, he’s a vegetarian, and he’s involved with several environmental projects. He has a wife that during the interview fails over and over again trying to get a cup of coffee from a machine, and together they have a four-year-old son. “I’m leading a good life today. I’ve a nice house, I have nice cars, a wonderful wife…” he says and won’t get into details on what exactly he was up to during the, ahem, tough years.
Corey Feldman has a rock band he loves to talk about, since they have a new album coming out, a concept album with messages and stuff. After a quick check on the Internet, I realize that if they make a LOST BOYS 3, Corey and his band could play the vampires to death.
Four o’clock in the morning at a night club. Feldman jumps me and asks me about everything he didn’t want to discuss during the interview. Have I ever been to a coffee shop in Amsterdam? What do I think about Michael Jackson? Luckily, the girl from the PR company isn’t around.
DIRECTOR P. J. PESCE PUTS HIS TWO CENTS IN
With Corey Feldman in Lund was also the director; P. J. Pesce (FROM DUSK TILL DAWN 3: THE HANGMAN’S DAUGHTER), a jovial guy I had commenting what Feldman had said.
“No, I never saw THE LOST BOY when it came out,” Pesce says. “I saw it several years later. And no, I’m no fan of it. No, it wasn’t a huge blockbuster when it came out, or was it?”
What has Pesce to say about making the sequel directly for the DVD market?
“It’s bullshit that they said it would get a theatrical release. It was aimed for DVD all the time. However, I managed persuade Warners letting me shoot it in full Scope.”
Pesce talks for quite a while about Warners messing up the production, re-editing it and changing it. It sure wasn’t a great experience for P. J. Pesce.
(Since this interview, Pesce has directed a prequel to SMOKIN’ ACES)