Corey Haim – 1971-2010

Today I would like to depart from The Doctor is Out week to note the passing of actor Corey Haim. He died this morning at the age of 38. While he made many films (often with the other Corey, Corey Feldman), my favorites were his three 80s horror movies: Silver Bullet, Lost Boys, and Watchers.

Corey Haim has five films currently available on instant Netflix.

Murphys Romance – (1985) – “In this low-key romantic comedy, newly divorced Emma Moriarty (Sally Field) and her son, Jake (Corey Haim), move to a small Arizona town to establish a horse farm. Widowed druggist Murphy Jones (James Garner, in his first Oscar-nominated performance) befriends the feisty divorcee and her son. Emma and Jake grow to love the town and its quirky characters, but things get dicey when Emmas ex-husband, Bobby Jack (Brian Kerwin), shows up.”

Dream a Little Dream – (1989) – “The elderly Coleman (Jason Robards) and the young and brash Bobby (Corey Feldman) learn what life is like from each others point of view when their bodies are unwittingly switched by way of transcendental meditation. But they are not alone on their strange journey; Colemans wife, Gina (Piper Laurie), is renewed in the body of Lainie (Meredith Salenger), the girlfriend of Bobby””s best friend (Corey Haim). Can they switch back?”

Snowboard Academy – (1996) – “Hotshot snowboarding instructor Chris Berry (Corey Haim) shreds the slopes but finds himself out of his snowy element when a gangly, bumbling pupil (Jim Varney) overwhelms him. Can he shape up his protégé in time for the big downhill race — and resist an evil temptress (the bodacious Brigitte Nielsen) who does not give out, um, incompletes? School is definitely in session.”

The Backlot Murders – (2001) – “The Back Lot Murders takes the slasher genre and gives it a slick twist. Blending horror and satire, it tells the story of a rock band on the brink of stardom that is shooting its first video on the back lot of the worlds most famous movie studio. But little do the musicians know that they and their girlfriends are targets of a deranged psycho killer! Who is he? The obvious guess is merely the tip of the iceberg in this Hollywood send-up.”

Lost Boys: The Tribe – (2008) – “When their parents die in a car accident, Chris Emerson (Tad Hilgenbrink) and his sister, Nicole (Autumn Reeser), move to a California beach town to live with their quirky Aunt Jillian, where Nicole falls for a local surfer, who, unbeknownst to her, is a vampire. Soon enough, Chris finds himself battling a whole gang of vampire surfers in an effort to rescue his sister. Corey Feldman and Corey Haim co-star in this sequel to 1987s Lost Boys.”

Lost Boys: The Tribe was a pale imitation of Lost Boys. I remember enjoying Murphys Romance but I have not seen it in decades. The other three I have not seen (or do not remember watching).

R.I.P. Corey Haim