Vampires: Lost Boys 2
Anybody can have a bad idea. Some of them can even achieve ‘really bad’ status, but to come up with a notion, utterly unmatchable in the scope of it’s ‘shit-idea-edness’, you need the kind of people who run a television network. Usually we’re talking about the boobs from FOX. However, every once in a while another collection of boobs will surface just to let us know that having ideas, so monumentally bad that dragging your genitalia across battery acid soaked broken glass would be preferable to actually hearing about them, isn’t an ability exclusive to FOX.
In this particular case we’re talking about Warner Bros. and their idea… sorry, their shit-idea, is to make a low budget, direct to DVD [TV] sequel to the classic 1987 Vampire flick, The Lost Boys.
Now, just so we’re clear, when I say ‘classic’ I’m not suggesting that The Lost Boys is a brilliant piece of film making. Hell, it’s not even remotely ‘timeless’, in fact it’s ridiculously dated. Yes, The Lost Boys is cemented in the 80’s and that’s exactly where it should stay. Sadly though it seems like this will not be the case, The Lost Boys (or at least the name ‘The Lost Boys’) is going to be dragged, by a fast buck sequel, into the year 2007.
The very fact that folks still talk about the movie does stand as something of a testament to how much people enjoyed The Lost Boys. Especially when you consider that you can browse the shelves of any video rental store and find dozens and dozens of Vampire movies. If you ask any random person to name a hand full of Vampire films, chances are that they’ll mention The Lost Boys… Ok, maybe not before they sight Interview with the Vampire or Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Maybe they’ll bring up Blade, or the Underworld movies (by virtue of the fact that they are still pretty recent releases), sooner though (rather than later), they’ll get to The Lost Boys… and I guess that’s why the idea of a low budget sequel (by name only) irritates me so much.
But wait!! You haven’t heard the worst of it yet! While information on The Lost Boys 2 is slim, IESB reports that the plot will focus on a group of Southern Californian, surfer Vampires.. Oh, yeah, that’s the line that sets the shit-idea-o-meter off the scale!
Were there some effort here to really try to create a valid sequel to the original I may even be a little excited about the idea of another lost boys movie. However, unless there is a concerted effort to bring a few of the original characters back (the frog brothers maybe?) and somehow tie this film to the original (mullets?) then I’m going to avoid this one, for fear of encouraging this kind of behaviour. [source]