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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…..Click here for reuse options!