Forget “Twilight.” Don’t even think about “True Blood.” Anyone who grew up in the ’80s knows that the hottest Hollywood vampire project ever starred Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric and the music of INXS.
I refer to “The Lost Boys,” Joel Schumacher’s creepy, often comedic look at a posse of Santa Clara, Calif., bloodsuckers. The movie, a hit with the teen set in the summer of 1987, boasted a killer soundtrack and, of course, the first shared onscreen appearance by that groundbreaking duo known simply as the Coreys. But among all the well-known actors in the cast — see also Jami Gertz, Dianne Wiest and Edward Herrmann — there was one boy making his film debut at the ripe age of 11 in the role of itty bitty vampire (and Eddie Munster look-alike) Laddie.
That fanged youth was played by Chance Michael Corbitt. And like me, you’re probably wondering the following: after he managed to escape the wrath of the Frog brothers in “Lost Boys,” what happened to that kid?
After “Lost Boys,” Corbitt continued to act, most consistently during the late ’80s and early ’90s. Among the credits on his resume: the Golden Globe-winning TV movie “After the Promise,” “Pumpkinhead,” “Cold Heat,” three episodes of “Major Dad” and the short film “Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing and Charm School.” He also played Kyle Buchannon, son of David Hasselhoff’s Mitch Buchannon, on TV’s “Baywatch.”
Post-1994, it appears the roles started to dry up. I couldn’t even find a decent bio of the guy that explains what he did during the decade that followed, and this mini-update from the New York Daily News didn’t provide many additional details. (Conspiracy theory: maybe he spent 10 years underground, where he hibernated while hanging upside down, batlike, until midway through the new millennium. Okay, clearly I’ve seen “The Lost Boys” way too many times…)
It is clear that Corbitt reentered the acting world in 2005, when he appeared in the feature film version of “Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing & Charm School.” He — along with some of the other “Lost Boys” alums — also frequently reunite at horror conventi0ns and film events. Need proof? Here’s video of Corbitt, Corey Haim, Brooke McCarter (he played the vampire Paul) and others reminiscing about the movie:
Also, as an added bonus, here is video of the same trio, along with singer G. Tom Mac, performing a rousing rendition of “Cry Little Sister” earlier this year during HorrorHound Weekend in Indianapolis (note: Corbitt is off-camera during most of this, but occasionally pops up on the far left of the screen):
So what’s next for Corbitt? It appears he’s signed on to star in a horror film called “The Ground House.” And if you’re in L.A. this weekend, you may want to stop by the New Beverly Cinema on Friday night, where “The Lost Boys” is being screened as part of Vampire-Con. The schedule for the event promises a reunion with cast members from the movie, but says the specific attendees are “TBA.” Still, I wouldn’t be surprised if Corbitt is one of the former “Lost Boys” who shows up. If you harbor a lifelong obsession with Laddie — uh, doesn’t everyone? — it might be worth checking out.
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