Lost Boys 2: The Tribe

December 29, 2012 by  
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The sequel to one of the biggest teenage vampire hits ever, Lost Boys, Lost Boys II:The Tribe has been directed by P.J. Pesce, also known for the TV series Tremors. The movie has Angus Sutherland as the antagonist and Tad Hilgenbrink and Autumn Reeser as the lead protagonists. Like the original, it is a story of a brother-sister duo who move to the coast. Very soon, they find themselves in the midst of a gang of boisterous teenagers who are blood-thirsty vampires by night. The movie released in 2008 and managed to collect only a little over $4,000,000 at the box-office.

 To make a long story short

 Siblings Nicole (Autumn Reeser) and Chris (Tad) move in with their aunt in Luna Bay after losing their parents (Michael from the original movie and his wife) in a tragic car accident. Their aunt, however, wants the duo to pay for their lodgings. Chris, who is a good surfer, decides to earn money as a board shaper. He visits the only other board shaper in town, Edgar Frog (Corey Feldman), but finds his trailer empty. He leaves a note for Edgar and heads out to the beach. There, Chris comes across former surfing legend Shane Powers (Angus Sutherland), who gave up his fame and fortune and disappeared from public view a few years ago. Nicole and Chris end up going to a beach party with Shane, where unknown to Chris, Nicole has a mysterious drink. The siblings find out soon after that Shane and his gang are vampires and prey on unsuspecting local girls. Chris must now do everything he can before Nicole transforms completely into a vampire and he finds help from an unexpected ally.

 Acting/chills and thrills

 Lost Boys: The Tribe is almost a scene-by-scene remake of the original. But unlike the original, it fails to provide thrills or campy humor. The director has managed a casting coup by getting Angus Sutherland to reprise a role made famous by his brother Kiefer Sutherland. But the plot is uninteresting and offers little substance for Angus to deliver a performance as great as his brother’s. The movie is carried almost single-handedly by Corey Haim, who reprises his role as Edgar Frog from the original Lost Boys. However, he too is unable to keep the thrill from fizzling out toward the end. The most interesting part of the movie is actually the final scene, which delivers an unexpected twist in the form of a cameo by a character from the first movie. All said and done, you can give Lost Boys II:The Tribe a miss and rent the older Lost Boys for guaranteed entertainment.