It's been 21 years since Corey Feldman played original vampire hunter Edgar Frog in 1987's 'The Lost Boys' -- and at long last he's back to serve up some stake to a new generation of bloodsuckers in the straight-to-DVD sequel 'Lost Boys: The Tribe.' In an exclusive Q&A, the former child star tells Moviefone why teaming with hetero life partner (and 'Two Coreys' co-star) Corey Haim for their first film together since '96's 'Busted' wasn't exactly a pleasure cruise, dishes on his possible future in musical theater and reveals whether that rumored 'Goonies' sequel will ever see the light of day. -- By Tom DiChiara
1. How did the ball finally get rolling on a 'Lost Boys' sequel?
I take no responsibility [laughs] ... It was after the first season of 'The Two Coreys' -- I told Corey they were making this movie but the two of us weren't going to be a part of it. The producer, Mary Viola, came to my birthday party and said: "Listen, we've got a script, we've got producers, we've got a great director and we're going to give this thing a shot .... And we would love to have your involvement, and we also would like to incorporate Corey Haim and Jamison Newlander," which I thought was fantastic.
2. It's been a while since you and Corey Haim teamed up for a movie. Did you enjoy working with him on 'Tribe'?
Ha! Did you see the show [an episode of 'The Two Coreys' in which Haim had a meltdown and seemingly used drugs on the 'Tribe' set]? It did not [go smoothly]. I think the rest is self explanatory. That's a tough question for me right now. I can't say that it was a pleasurable experience. The film as a whole was a pleasurable experience, so let's focus on the positive.
3. What was your favorite part about doing the film?
It was great -- kind of the nostalgia factor of being there, working on this film and doing everything again, reliving that experience in a different way. It was amazing working with fresh young talent such as Angus Sutherland, who did a great job stepping in and filling the shoes of his big brother Kiefer. He's the villain, and he does it quite well. He's very ominous and disturbing, which is the way any good vampire should be.
4. Were you bummed by the decision to release 'The Tribe' on DVD rather than give it a theatrical run?
Well, it was certainly a disappointment. I know there were a lot of fans out there pulling for it. Anytime you put your heart and your soul into a craft, you want it to get maximum exposure, and based on the fact that this seemed to fall short of distribution is upsetting. But at the same time, hopefully people will still get to see it and enjoy it.
5. Did you come up with the term "suck monkey," or was that in the script?
"Suck monkey" might have been one of theirs, but I came up with "Who ordered the stake?" and a few others throughout. I was certainly throwing lines all over the place. I only saw the movie once about four months ago, so I don't remember which ones they used and which ones they didn't.
6. Are there any other roles that you would consider reprising?
I'm not really big on sequels. A lot of times, a good film should be left to stand on its own. [But] one of my proudest achievements aside from Edgar Frog was 'The Birthday.' [It] was released only in Europe and art houses, and is looking to be re-released through the interests of Guillermo del Toro, from what I've heard. It was an instant classic ... I thought then and there of doing sequels to it. There are movies that you can dig deeper into the character and find a way to do it that makes sense. I don't see myself doing a sequel to 'Stand by Me.'
7. How about 'The Goonies' -- any chance of a sequel there?
Well, 'The Goonies' is one of those mythical sequels that will never happen [laughs]. I mean, it's something that Donner and Spielberg were behind for years and years, and again it's a Warner Bros. issue; they just feel they don't want to take the gamble on making the sequel. And I certainly wouldn't do a sequel to that movie unless I knew 100 percent that it was going to be on the big screen -- because a movie like that certainly doesn't fit anywhere else.
8. Are you planning to do another season of 'The Two Coreys,' or is this it?
Well, I've pretty much drawn the official line in the sand at this point. I don't really see a way that there can be a third season unless Mr. Haim gets the help that he needs and deserves.
9. Would you say that doing the show together has hurt your relationship?
I think the relationship is what it is, and there's never going to be a way for that to be fixed until he looks inside and deals with himself. I certainly love him like a brother and I wish nothing but the best for him. And I don't feel that it would be in his best interests to continue going forth with the show or any other project until he's dealt with his personal issues. Because otherwise it just becomes me condoning or cosigning his negative behavior and taking advantage to an extent.