ComingSoon editor-in-chief Tyler Treese spoke The lost boys stars Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander about working with animals and getting covered in slime. It’s now available on 4K, Blu-ray and digital to celebrate its 35th anniversary.
“Teenage brothers Michael and Sam move with their mother to a small town in Northern California,” reads the film’s synopsis. “While the younger Sam meets a pair of kindred spirits in nerdy comic book nerds Edward and Alan, anxiety-ridden Michael soon falls for Star – who turns out to be a slave to David, leader of a local gang of vampires. Sam and his new friends must rescue Michael and Star of the Undead.”
Tyler Treese: Corey, 35 years later this movie still holds up so well. We’ve seen the fan base grow over time and it’s still captivating and connecting with audiences regardless of their generation. What does it mean to you to have these movies that still connect with so many people?
Corey Feldman: I feel very blessed. I feel very humbled and very honored that someone remembers some of the work I did as a child, let alone that people actually hold some of it close to their hearts. It’s a cool thing to be a part of that kind of legacy film. At the same time, you never like to rest on your laurels, so it’s always about what’s next for me. I always drive the ship forward. I’ve been on tour with my band. I’ve got a new album out, a new box set out and have been very focused on music for the past few years. We just finished one leg of a trip. We’re about to take another leg of the trip, and ironically, somehow, Lost Boys have fit into both legs of the trip.
On the first leg, we did this thing in San Antonio called Summer of Santa Carla. Where Jamison was there, Jason Patrick was there, Billy Worth was there. We’re all there signing autographs and meeting fans and they had screenings of the movie. It’s such a party. So on the second leg, on Halloween night in Dallas, we’re going to do an event where they play Lost Boysand it is all billed as a special Lost Boys party, Lost Boys, Halloween party. My band is performing. I’m sure we’ll have to do a few songs. By the way, Jamison has come out and performed with us a few times. He’s also a singer now, and he’s doing “People Are Strange” with us.
Jamison Newlander: Yes, we did “People Are Strange” together in three cities.
Corey Feldman: It was good.
Jamison Newlander: One thing I would add is that – if you go back to why we did this to begin with – people in entertainment like to touch people, to affect people, to give something to the world, you know? That people can see and enjoy.
Corey Feldman: Take them out of their lives, you know?
Jamison Newlander: One moment, yes! So that’s great. It feels great to be able to do that for people with this film.
Jamison, one thing that really makes The Frog Brothers stand out is that you actually feel like real brothers when you watch the movie. Can you talk about your chemistry with Corey and how you worked off each other?
Jamison Newlander: I think from the very beginning, when Corey and I met for the audition … that was part of what the audition was about, was kind of matching our chemistry, and something about it worked. We come from different backgrounds and only just entered the film industry a few years ago Lost Boys. We had this chemistry. We immediately got together. We laughed at each other’s jokes, or I think they were real.
Corey Feldman: I pretended to laugh.
Jamison Newlander: The thing is, Joel Schumacher saw it and really developed it and really brought it out. It was just really nice. it was natural.
Corey Feldman: I have to say one thing which is that Jamison is an excellent actor. So one of the things for me was actually I was thrilled that there was a kid who was the same age as me who had the depth to play this character so seriously and be the straight man. I mean, we were both supposed to be straight men. We could never get a smile on our face. We couldn’t show any emotion other than ass-kicking mode.
Jamison Newlander: And we were serious about it. We didn’t play it for comedy, especially at first,
Corey Feldman: We never really played comedy. It was more that the comedy was the fact that we took ourselves as seriously as these characters. Being macho men at 14 years old. We showed up and we showed up and we showed up. And the thing is, I respected that he was able to keep up. He was new to the business. He hadn’t made film after film like I had. The fact that he was right there with Corey [Heim] and I and always at level was quite impressive. Then I went to see his high school play afterwards. He did a production of The Elephant Man where he played John Merrick and did an incredible job. I was so blown away. That’s probably why I was so insistent on making sure he was a part of Lost Boys sequels because it was like, “Dude, this guy’s a great actor. You can’t just let him go by the wayside. There’s a chemistry and that has to be part of this or it’s not going to work. “
Jamison Newlander: It was very nice of Corey to come to my show, it really meant a lot to me.
Corey Feldman: Heim came too, didn’t he?
Jamison Newlander: I don’t think Heim came, but I’m sure he meant it. Joel came. Schumacher came.
Corey, the cast is stacked, but one of the most underrated stars is the dog Nanook. He is so amazing in the movie. What was it like working with the animals?
Corey Feldman: You know, he was a bit of an ego maniac, I have to be serious. He was getting massages, always demanding, he said, “I want my dog bowl on the set first thing in the morning, and it better be filled to the brim.”
Jamison Newlander: Yes. He had to be brushed. I was not brushed.
Corey Feldman: Yes exactly. The climb on that dog was insane. Constantly wanted to be groomed. Well, we’re kidding. He was amazing. He was a well-trained dog. I didn’t work with him as much as Corey, because he was Corey’s dog, right?
Jamison Newlander: Yes, Corey had that special bond with him, Nanook.
Corey Feldman: “Come on Nanook! What are you doing man?”
Jamison, the bathtub fight with Paul is one of my favorite scenes in the movie. What were your memories of filming it?
Jamison Newlander: A few different kinds of conflicting memories? So no.
Corey Feldman: It was a harsh scene.
Jamison Newlander: Yes, it was a rough scene. So from the fact that when he grabbed me I had some chest hair just sprouting through and it was really painful. So some of that acting when he grabbed me was real. Then we also had to sit in that slime for a long time. My biggest negative memory of the movie was sitting in that slime for days.
Corey Feldman: Well, once we were slimmed down, we had to be slimmed down for the rest of the movie.
Jamison Newlander: Vats of Slime.
Corey Feldman: We will never forget the giant tubs, I mean literally, just the barrels so wide. They would sit there and they would, pour it up with like scoopers and they would just pour it on our head. It would be morning, pat it all over our bodies and you would just be sticky and ugly. The worst part was the part where we crawl through the cave after I put Alex Winters on the line. We crawl back through the cave and they shake the cave because they want it to look like it’s all imploding. They drop things from these holes on top of us. We’re crawling in this little tiny way like a rat, maybe two inches above our heads, and they’re on top of this thing, falling through the holes, dirt and dust and all that weird stuff.
Jamison Newlander: Covered in slime.
Corey Feldman: We’re covered in mucus, all that stuff that sticks to our hair, and it’s in every crack and crevice. You’d get out of there and then Joel would say, “Okay, clean them up and let’s do the next scene where it’s like the beginning of the movie and they’re clean.” And we’d be, “What?!”
Jamison Newlander: Take a shower!
Corey Feldman: Yes, take a shower. Then we can run to [Richard] Donner’s office because it was the only place on the lot with his shower, which of course was on the complete opposite side of the lot. So we took our bikes and ran over.
Jamison Newlander: It is true. We got around on our bikes, that’s part of the bonding I guess.
Corey Feldman: Yes exactly! So we took the bikes, we went over to the office, we took a shower and saw some trouble that I’m sure would kick in somewhere along the way. Fights and soap and all sorts of things. Then we would rush back to the trailer and Joel would start screaming, “dudes! Where are my guys?! Hurry up!” I like to lace up the boots. “Come on!”
Jamison Newlander: But I will also say about that bathtub scene is that I just recently realized that’s where I think the Frog Brothers are really… when they get to that level of “these guys are bad” is when they said, “You are Next!” He said, “You killed Marco?” And we’re not like, “Oh, sorry, don’t hurt us!” We say, “you’re next!” I think.
Corey Feldman: As for that scene – and of course we’re faking it anyway – it’s all bravado, because we would have died very quickly if Nanook hadn’t come in and saved the day. Then again, it all goes to Nanook.