Brain-eaters, Bloodsuckers, and the Two Coreys

Gorezone had to make a tough decision about who to put on its September cover.  One of the features explored “The Dark Knight” and its relationship to the horror genre.  Another feature detailed the not-so-triumphant return and last gasp of Corey Feldman and Corey Haim.  Gorezone unfortunately went with the latter. 

           

Feldman and Haim’s contribution to the horror film genre is magnificent.  .  In 1988 “The Lost Boys,” the first Corey-and-Corey film, was released.  It’s a movie that made my 8-year-old self wish vampires were real, so that I could slay them with crosses and wooden sticks.  So when I saw FelFel dman’s vampire-slaying vi  visage on Gorezone, I knew exactly what it meant.  Sequel!

 

Unfortunately, the featured story is a chronological summary of antiquated information about Corey-and-Corey’s personal life, which has been repeated in celebrity rags and gossip news wires through the years.

 

 The article suffers from a lack of clarity and direction.  It starts out with an unnecessary synopsis of “The Lost Boys.” The plot of a 20-year-old movie does not need to be recapped because it does not reveal anything about the actors who starred in the film.

 

The next portion of the article chronologically lists the films the two have starred in together such as “License to Drive” and “Dream a Little Dream.”  The background information takes over the story.  The writer of the article recycles the personal issues of the duo in the 1    1990s.  Feldman’s arrest for heroin possession, Haim’s attempt to sell his teeth and hair on eBay.  Old news.

 

The sequel is only mentioned in the last four paragraphs of the article.  There is no payoff.  “Lost Boys: The Tribe” is going straight to video.  The two Coreys are struggling to stay in the spotlight. They still have issues.  The end, so what.

 

The real life Corey-and-Corey drama has nothing to do with horror entertainment and there was no story to tell.

 

Instead of Feldman, Gorezone should have gone with an image of the Jokeron the cover.  The “Batman: Dark Knight” story is the better article.  It challenges how you define a horror film, and why the new Batman film blurs the line between action and science fiction and horror genres.  The piece addresses the remake phenomenon, and how “The Dark Knight” avoids the remake tag.

The image of the Joker is the best symbol of the film for a horror magazine.

 

Plus, “The Dark Knight” is one of the highest grossing movies of all time, so readers – even horror fans – are probably more interested in the Batman blockbuster than the Corey-and-Corey bomb.

 

–Justin Cox

 

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