Friday, March 12, 2010

The Lost Boys + Corey Haim





Yesterday I came online, and the first thing I read was “Corey Haim Found Dead.” The only thing I could think was, “My God, another one.” I always liked Corey, but I was never a huge fan of him. He was a teen idol before my time. The Daily 10 called him the Robert Pattinson of his day, but he basically fell of the radar when I was growing up. But thanks in part to one little movie, Corey has been a part of my life for over twenty years.

Anybody that has been around long enough knows that I’m a huge fan of The Lost Boys. I’ve posted everything from blogs and bulletins to pictures and videos about my Lost Boys obsession. And yes I admit, it is an obsession, and has been my entire life. The move came out in 1987, the same year I was born, and it was the first movie I ever owned. I was literally watching it from the time I was big enough to pay attention to the TV. I was totally in love with Michael and wanted to be Star. Everything about the movie was hip and sexy. Til this day I will still watch it if I find it on television.

When I read that Corey was found dead, I realized something about The Lost Boys for the first time though. All these years I’ve been enamored with the character Michael and all the other vampires, that I never fully appreciated what Corey brought to the film as Sam. After reading that he died, I started thinking about how much I love the movie. While I was thinking about all my favorite scenes, I realized that some of the most memorable parts of the film were thanks to Corey’s character Sam.

One of the funniest scenes has Sam and his grandpa sitting in the car “Going to town.” The scene never failed to make me laugh. Another memorable scene is when Sam is singing in the bathtub. That scene never failed to make me smile. One of the funniest lines delivered is when Sam discovers that his brother Michael is turning into a vampire. Sam says, “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!” LOL!! it’s one of the funniest parts of the entire movie. I’ve even posted it up as my status a couple times because it never fails to me laugh, no matter how many times I’ve heard it.

My all time favorite scene though is when Sam kills the vampire Dwayne. Sam shoots an arrow through the vampire, sending him into a stereo. As Dwayne is being electrocuted, the song “Good Times” by INXS is playing. After the vampire if fried to death, Sam says “Death by stereo!” I freaking love it!! Not only is it my favorite scene in the movie, it’s one of my favorite kill scenes of all time.

Like I said earlier though, I never fully appreciated what Corey Haim brought to the film. Thinking about it now, I know that The Lost Boys wouldn’t have been the same without him. Sure they could have cast another actor in the role, but it probably would have lacked the spark that Corey Haim was able to bring. Certainly no other actor would have captured the same magic along side Corey Feldman the way he did.

I know this isn’t your typical “In Loving Memory” blog, but my love for The Lost Boys runs deep, and this is the only way I know how to write what I’ve been thinking. I felt compelled to write this because the movie has been such a big part of me growing up. The movie planted the seed for, not only my love for vampires, but for my deep love of horror movies in general, and Corey Haim was a part of that.

That’s why I wanna say: “Thank you, Corey Haim. While Michael and David may have captured the cool of the movie, Sam captured the heart of The Lost Boys and without you, it wouldn’t be the same cult classic that we all still love twenty-three years later. I’ll never watch The Lost Boys again without appreciating how many times your character has made me laugh and smile as I was growing up. May you finally find the peace you were never able to find here on Earth, and remember, “Burn rubber does not mean warp speed!”