The Felddog gives us the low down on vamps, bats, stakes, The Two Coreys, and a possible Lost Boys III
Corey Feldman returns this July in the highly anticipated sequel The Lost Boys: The Tribe, a film that has been twenty-one years in the making. Feldman is reprising his role as Edgar Frog, one half of the notorious Frog Brothers, a pair of vampire hunting siblings that are currently using their surfboard shaping company as a cover for their illicit mercenary-for-hire operation. Blood, bats, and Vamps abound in this revisionist take on one of the most beloved vampire classics of all time.
We recently met up with Feldman on the set of his popular A&E series The Two Coreys to learn more about his new film. While conducting the interview, we also got to join in on the fun and be a part of his latest reality show season. While some of this interview will be included on the program sometime this spring, here is our conversation in whole:
How does it feel to get back into the skin of a now-grown up Edgar Frog?
Corey Feldman: Tight. It is tight skin. He has a lot of war damage. A lot of war wounds. It has been an amazing experience. For me, this is one of my most favorite characters that I ever got to portray. Especially in the sense of the creation of the character. He is so far removed from who I am and what I am about as a person. Going the Republican route with the character, this is someone that is "no bullshit", hard nosed, cut and dry. That is just the type of person that he is. When I first stepped back into those shoes, it was like riding a bike. I know that sounds cliche, but it is true. It is something that I have thought about and have wanted to do for so long, that when I got to be Edgar Frog again, I knew I was bringing him back right, and that I was bringing him back full scale. I think that's what comes across.
You say that this character is different from you as a person?
Corey Feldman: Oh, absolutely.
Why is that?
Corey Feldman: Well, everything is different. Our personalities, obviously. I don't grumble. I don't talk like that. Today, I am wearing a military type shirt to find some sort of connection with Edgar. Me? I am a peace and love guy. I am an animal environmentalist. I am kind of a hippy lost in the wrong generation, if you will. I am a democrat. I am supporting Hillary. Edgar, on the other hand, he is bare bones, raw, rough, ragged. He is very military. He is very much about action. Take no prisoners. We are different from the way he dresses, the way he feels in his heart, the way he feels in his mind. He has one single focus, and that focus is killing vampires and saving the world from bloodsucking scum. I couldn't do that. Corey Feldman would run the other way and go hung a tree.
Would you say that Edgar is a product of the environment that he sprang from? The original was made in the late 80s. Does the character reflect something from that time period, and is that idea still present in the character himself?
Corey Feldman: I think the film as a whole is reflective of that time period. I have gone back and watched it in recent months. And it is so 80s. There are so many cliches in it. Just the look and style, and the feel of it. Though it does hold up and withstand the test of time, there are a lot of things that are embarrassing about it. I say, "Oh, god! Look at the hair. Look at the clothes. Look at the music. Look at the things that are said." We thought it was sheik in those days. No it is kind of laughable. I think that the new film is a testament to that as well as what we are trying to do today. There is a nod and an acknowledgment of the time period we are being derived from. At the same time, I think it capitalizes the look and feel of a modern day horror film. I think we were successful in capsulating both worlds, and connecting them.
How does the story line of The Tribe tie in with the old film?
Corey Feldman: Well, there are many tie-ins. That is something I am very excited about. People constantly ask me if it is going to be as good as the first The Lost Boys. The answer, quite frankly, is going to be, "No." It is not going to be The Lost Boys. I can't say that it is going to be as good, or it is going to be better, or it is going to be worse. I can say that Joel Shumaker and Richard Donner are masterminds at what they do. And they developed a style and a look for this film that has stood the test of time. And it is directly attributed to their talents. To try and remake that film without them would be a mistake. So, the only way we could go forward creatively was to connect the tissues, and bridge the gap between the two films. We had to try and bring in the feeling that you experienced watching the original film. The tonality. The humor. The scares. All of those things. The music. The styles. The looks. There is a lot of the flavor of the first film. But they have taken their own approach. It is a new day. These are new characters. It is a new era. There are fresh faces. Some great, amazing new talent. I am very pleased with the direction they went with as far as the cast. Everyone is very talented, young and fresh. Angus Sutherland did a great job holding the torch for his brother. Angus, and Autumn, and Tad? They were all great. So there is that. The originality. The rebirth of these new characters with similar storylines and new threads. There is enough in the film to make that connection. You feel that this is actually a piece of that story. It is bridging the gap. At the same time, it is a new piece.
This film was shot on location in Vancouver. As opposed to the original, which was shot on location in Santa Cruise. What would you say to those people that were inspired to move to Santa Cruise because they believed themselves to be actual vampires?
Corey Feldman: I would tell them to get a good doctor. And if the doctor doesn't work, then get yourself a garlic T-shirt.
How do you think the change in location effected the overall vibe of the film, if at all?
Corey Feldman: Again, it was a whole different beast. You can't really compare the two films in that way. Could we recapture exactly what it looked and felt like in that day and age? No. Because society has changed so much. Culture has changed so much. We are not the same beast we were twenty years ago. We're just not. If we tried to make it feel like we were in the same place, it would have been a mistake. I think again, visually, what Richard Donner and Joel Shumaker created with the first film is incomparable. It would be a mistake to try and emulate that. That being said, I think director P.J. Pesce managed to create something that was comparable with a much lower budget. And with less tools and mechanisms at his fingertips. At the same time, he proudly stood up as a fan of the film, and tried to get the texture and the tonality of the first film. At the same time, he tried to get something original and different. Now, I have said this before, but from what I have seen of the film, the sense of humor is there. But it is gorier, it is bloodier, it is scarier. It is sexier. It is darker. It may be funnier. We will have to wait and see. It is really The Lost Boys on steroids. It has that modern day feel. It has that modern day edge. It has fresh young faces. But there are so many through-lines that connect the two films. On a plot level, on a storyline level, and then the music and the cinematography connect it enough to where you are going to feel like some of these scenes could be right out of the original The Lost Boys. Then there are moments where you are in a completely different world. Mind the fact that you always stay in this one singular world that was created in 1987. It becomes obvious that these are two different movies. And it is obvious that the first one took place twenty-one years ago and this one takes place today.
Is Corey Haim a part of this new film? And are you happy that he is a part of it?
Corey Feldman: Yes, he is. It is something that I wanted to have happen since day one. I was very insistent that he be included since day one. Which everyone saw in what became a very public display on our show. When I was approached about the film about a year and a half ago, the original script did not include him. And it was a very small cameo for me. It was something that I was not interested in. I didn't want to make a low budget crap version of movie that was very important to so many people. I felt that would have been letting down the fans. Certainly, that is the last thing that I would have wanted to do. I'm not saying that everyone that loved the last film is going to love this film. There are some people that are going to love this film that don't care for the first one. That's because it is its own entity. That said, it has always been important to me that there be enough consistency and enough of a through-line from the first film to make this feel organic. Corey being a part of that, as much as me being a part of that, as much as Jamison Newlander being a part of it, I think those are certain nods that the audience needs to see in order for them to put themselves into this place and say, "This is a proper sequel." I have always been a fan of Corey Haim being in this film. And I really wouldn't want to have been a part of it any other way. When he fell out of it, and all of that stuff happened, I was very heartbroken. I was very sad that he wasn't going to be a part of it. When I heard that things had worked out, and that he was going to be a part of it, I was elated. It is a sprinkling of what you saw in the first film. Just enough to excite people, and raise the level of expectance. It all leads to a very possible third film.
Have you and Corey Haim come to a reconciliation? It seems like there was a little bit of tension between you two recently.
Corey Feldman: Yeah. Well, tension is a good word. I wouldn't say that we have come to a reconciliation. Unfortunately. I would love to report happy, fluffy news for everyone. But unfortunately, that's not the truth of the matter. And that's not the case. Corey and I have been through difficult times as a team. We've certainly made efforts during the second season of The Two Coreys to come to a middle ground. There have been some better times, some decent times, and some worse times. Unfortunately, where we are at today is not positive for us. That said, hopefully everyone will watch the show and see the worse times for themselves.
On a more serious note, I would like to go back to the original The Lost Boys film. Does the new movie answer the question as to why Sam Emerson has a poster of Rob Lowe hanging in his bedroom?
Corey Feldman: Look, that happened because Joel Shumaker was the director of the original The Lost Boys. And Joel Shumaker had just worked with Rob on St. Elmo's Fire. I think it was more of an inside joke, or rather a comical nod, more than anything else. Plus, it is a little homoerotic.
I wasn't going to say that. Rob is a beautiful man.
Corey Feldman: Thanks. I will pass that on to Corey. Wait, did you mean Corey or Rob?
Either way. It is all good. I do want to bring up your political standpoint. You made it pretty clear right at the beginning of the interview that you are a Hilary supporter. Why do you see the 2008 Presidential election as such an important moment for us as United States citizens?
Corey Feldman: Hmm? First, thank you for that question. I think it is the most important U.S. election I have ever seen in my lifetime. We are so in need of change right now. Our economy is backwards. We are so underneath everything from an economic standpoint, from an environmental standpoint. We are in a time of selfishness, and greed, and corporate takeover. We are just destroying all of the things that God has given us on this planet. We really have to take that into consideration. We have to think about our children and our children's children. What are they going to do a hundred years from now? Are they going to have air to breath? Are they going to be able to walk outside in the sunlight? Are they going to have trees and oxygen? Water? All of these things. Oil? This is all very real. This is a time of dire need, and we all have to align as one. In the United States, certainly, and the world as a whole. We need to find a solution and a positive change. I think that has become quite clear to the people as this election has become more publicized and more decided by the public than any election I have ever seen. There are people out there at the poling stations for every primary, and these are people that we haven't ever seen before. It is beautiful. I thank God that people are starting to get that consciousness, and they realize that right now is the time to change.
Why Hillary Clinton rather than Obama? For you personally?
Corey Feldman: For me? First of all, I like everything that Hilary has to say. I think they both have very valid points. At the end of the day, I will say that if it were to go in Obama's direction, and he were to get the democratic nomination, I would support him. That said, I believe that Obama is a harder choice for some of America to make. There are certain people, I feel, that aren't ready to make that choice. My only concern is that if he gets the nomination, people are going to, at the end of the day, when it comes right down to it, be afraid. And that fear may just make us lose the race. That fear will lead us back to the Republican party. And that is what I don't want to see happen. It is not favoritism. They both have wonderful things to say. Both of them have their heads in the right place. I support Hilary. I think that Bill Clinton was one of the greatest presidents in the World, ever in history. That said, I would love to see him and Hilary standing on the balcony of the White House waving to America one more time. Letting us know that everything is back in control, and that everything is going to be okay. Let's face it, when Bill Clinton was our President, and Hilary was our First Lady, and since she has been in the senate, things have been positive. I'd really like to see them balance the budget, get our health care back to where it needs to be, get our troops out of Iraq. I think that can all happen.
I have time for one last question. You have Feldman 08 T-shirts. Do you have political aspirations for yourself in the future?
Corey Feldman: Absolutely. As you know I have been very supportive of Hilary. I was fortunate enough to make it to some of her campaign parties. I was able to be there, standing on stage at her California Campaign party when the win came in. When the votes came in. It was a very proud moment for me. And I will do anything I can to support it. In the political field, I have to get to a point where everyone is taking me seriously as an actor first. They have to learn to trust me again. That being said, yes, in the future, I could see myself being interested in running for some sort of political office. As it stands right now, it is a joke. But I am testing the playing field, I guess.
The Lost Boys: The Tribe premieres on DVD July 29th.