Plot: Chris (Tad Hilgenbrink) and his sister Nicole (Autumn Reeser) have relocated after the death of their parents, hoping for a fresh start of sorts in Luna Bay, a beautiful coastal locale. Chris was once an elite level professional surfer, but pulled back after a controversial encounter with another surfer, though he loves to be close to the waves and paddle out to relax. As Chris and Nicole sample the local nightlife, Chris meets up with Shane (Angus Sutherland), also a former pro surfer and now one of the social kingpins of Luna Bay, no less. Shane’s party is a wild one and while Nicole didn’t have a lot to drink, she feels strange the next day and no obvious reason is evident. Chris drops in on a local surfboard crafter, Edward Frog (Corey Feldman), who shares some bad news, that Nicole drank blood, not wine. Now she is a vampire and if Chris wants to save her, he needs to take down the head vampire before she turns. But is Luna Bay a haven for vampires or is Edward just stuck in the past?
Entertainment Value: This sequel took well over a decade to arrive, but while it might not capture the same horror magic as the original, Lost Boys: The Tribe is a fun watch and has a little of the spark. The tone is much different, dropping the dark, stylish approach for a more direct, b movie inspired run, but it still has some of the vibes, mostly via the pretentious Shane character. Angus Sutherland as the main villain is interesting casting, but he doesn’t have the charisma or presence of Kiefer, so the film suffers in that respect. But Corey Feldman is back and embraces the b movie elements, while his connection to the original The Lost Boys is crucial, as the Frog brothers were such beloved personas. There is also a fun post credits sequence, so the movie makes some efforts to feel connected to the first movie, but the b movie vibes ensure it has a texture of its own, as well. The pace is good, so things never drag on and while this feels more like a retelling than a true sequel, the connecting threads make sure it holds up as one. If you’re a fan of The Lost Boys, vampire movies, or direct to video horror in general, give this one a shot.
A little nakedness in The Tribe, with topless moments, one that involves those damn antlers this series loves, while a bare ass is also glimpsed. There’s some other sexual content around, but no real skin is on showcase in those instances. If you want all the available sleaze, make sure you spin the uncut version. There is some fun bloodshed in The Tribe as well, including a humorous decapitation and severed head disposal, the antler impalement callback, a nice disembowelment sequence, and some colorful, sometimes gruesome vampire demises. This has more red stuff than I expected, with solid effects in most cases to boot, so those looking for a little crimson to charge things up should be pleased here. Not a lot of memorable dialogue this time around, but we do have the quirky aunt with some barbs and Corey Feldman is in full b movie mode, which leads to some fun moments. Aside from the light b movie vibes, this one never gets too crazy, so not many points in this department.
Overall Insanity: 2/10
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