THE (BRITISH) EMPIRE STRIKES BACK : The Lost Boy

I will be posting as normal on Sunday. I just felt like being greedy this week….

Corey Haim is an unlikely screen hero for your author. Apart from being only 39 when he died the other day against your author being a surprising 52…and also staunchly heterosexual just in case you had any misconceptions.

The ‘surprising’ 52 is purely my surprise to have reached this ancient milestone..

His performance in 1987’s ‘The Lost Boys’ was, frankly astonishing for such a young actor. Other performances from the likes of Jason Patric and Keifer Sutherland were supurb but young Mr Haim completely ‘stole the show’ – with a bit of help from The Frog Brothers.

Now whilst I am aware he starred in other offerings, ‘Lucas’ is generally much appreciated and I must make an effort to see it, I remain only familiar with his performance in 1987’s ‘The Lost Boys.’

Perhaps it is due to that I am so shocked on the death of someone who has remained permanently 14?, 15?, 16? in my mind.

Even so, 39 is no age to die is it?

Still. Our soldiers continue to be blown to bits in Iraq and Afghanistan at the ages of 18 and 19 so…there you go I guess.

What is it, I wonder, that drives a young talented man to destroy his life in this way?

I am not, as indeed the British people in general are not, given to outpourings of shock at anyones death. At least not publically. ‘The stiff upper lip’ being alive and well….for now…

The bizarre spectacle of people throwing flowers at Princess Diana’s funeral cortege was undoubtedly foreigners or particulalry poor people paid for throwing said flowers…the ‘stiff upper lip’ was sadly missing from our television screens on that day.

So. Corey Haim. You will forever be the true star of ‘The Lost Boys’ to me.

Now I am reasonably certain that Corey Haim’s tragic demise may well mean less in America than it does in England – at least to officianados of his work – at least, in my case, lovers of ‘The Lost Boys’ – but perhaps that is the whole point of me posting on this blog.

It is an Englishmans perspective. This Englishmans perspective, and I can make no apologies for that.

“The Lost Boys” is a film with the rare pedigree of being horrific and funny in equal measure without ever disappearing into idiotic farce.

Sadly there had been talk of him reviving his career in a delayed follow up movie, “The Lost Boys : The Tribe”.

It wasn’t to be.

May you rest in peace young man.

May you rest in peace.

There were so so many marvellous lines in ‘The Lost Boys’.

“Great! The Bloodsucking Brady Bunch!” (Edgar Frog as a small boy called Laddy turned Vampire)

Grandpa: “Hey, anything around here that might pass for aftershave?”
Sam (Corey Haim): “How about some Windex, Grandpa?”

And of course the classic from ‘Sam’ (Corey Haim)…

“Look at your reflection in the mirror. You’re a creature of the night Michael, just like out of a comic book! You’re a vampire Michael! My own brother, a goddamn, shit-sucking vampire. You wait ’till mom finds out, buddy!”

Until this Sunday, I bid you farewell with a stiff upper lip as I go to find my DVD of ‘The Lost Boys’ to enjoy young Mr Haim’s performance when his world held so much promise…..

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11 Responses to THE (BRITISH) EMPIRE STRIKES BACK : The Lost Boy

  1. fourdinners

    March 12, 2010 at 8:24 am

    ps….let’s see who can spot the intentional error..;-)

  2. Holte Ender

    March 12, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Mr. DINNERS – The intentional error could be: (1) You are not staunchly heterosexual; (2) Your upper lip is not stiff; (3) You are 80 years-old.

  3. fourdinners

    March 12, 2010 at 8:47 am

    1) Bloody cheek!!..;-)
    2) Oh yes it jolly well is!
    3) 16 in the mind, 52 in age and, perhaps 80 in appearance!

    A clue? It concerns one of The Frog Brothers…

  4. MadMike

    March 12, 2010 at 9:18 am

    ROFLMAO @ Holte!!!! As I recall these guys also starred in the movie version of Stephen King’s Stand by Me, a great movie that rivaled LB! As to your error I shall return to this most excellent post and ferret it out, although Holte certainly hit upon at least three of them 🙂 🙂

  5. Infidel753

    March 12, 2010 at 10:38 am

    The Lost Boys! That brings back memories. Hard to believe it was as late as 1987, actually. And yes, some great lines.

    As for the “staunchly heterosexual” thing, don’t worry about it. It’s just a phase you’re going through. Happens to lots of people.:-)

  6. MadMike

    March 12, 2010 at 11:39 am

    LOL @Infidel!

  7. fourdinners

    March 12, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    In order to stop this scurrilous and scandalous questioning of my sexuality I will reveal the intentional error…..;-)

    Edgar Frogs comment was actually made when the head vampire, Max, stated he wanted all the family to join him as Vampires – as in “Great! The bloodsucking Brady Bunch”

    When the little boy ‘Laddy’ turned into a vampire it was Alan Frog who said “Holy shit! The attack of Eddie Munster”

    I admit you would have needed to be an analy retentive fan to spot that…..er….oh….yeah….I knew it….erm…analy retentive….yes…well

  8. MadMike

    March 12, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    LOL 4D! You have revealed your true self. Time you talked to Dear Maddy again!

  9. Bee

    March 12, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    I didn’t know Corey Haim died…I liked the Coreys in the 80’s movies.. I was a teenager in the 80’s, and these guys only a year younger than me when they were in those movies.

  10. Beach Bum

    March 12, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    A group of my buddies and me crawled out from some bar late one night only to find the cops setting a huge ambush for any fools stupid enough to try and drive away. Pooling our thin intellect we figured out the best plan for us would be to walk to the nearby theater and let the alcohol inside us get burned off.

    “Lost Boys” was the only thing even remotely interesting so we bought our tickets and went inside. The place was covered with what my teenage son calls Emos and Goths. If there is a difference between the two its escapes but they all looked like vampires to me.

    The Emos and Goths were acting like an audience does at a “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and with my friends and me the only normal people in the theater they actually started acting like they were stalking us for the kill.

    I admit it was seriously creepy but a Mormon fellow in our group whose army basic training and being stationed in Colorado Springs was the only times he had been away from Utah got freaked out so bad he fled the theater and spent the rest of the weekend praying to God for forgiveness and the safety of his soul.

  11. Gwen

    March 13, 2010 at 11:42 am

    I love Goth, vampire, all things “un-natural” and in the nite! I too liked The Lost Boys… great movie. RIP Corey. RIP.