R.I.P. Corey Haim: A Complex Career Retrospective

R.I.P. Corey Haim: A Complex Career Retrospective


Haim in Lost Boys. If your girl is older than 25, then yes, she wanted to smash at some point.

TMZ is reporting that '80s teen idol Corey Haim has died this morning from what looks like an accidental overdose of prescription pills. Although his death isn't really a surprise (he had been struggling with drug addiction for years) it is still sad news for those of us old enough to remember him in classics like Lucas and Lost Boys. And even though Haim has spent the past couple decades being a trainwreck drug addict and cautionary tale for child actors, we'd prefer to remember him for all the great moments he gave us. So in memory of Corey, we're taking a look back at his work history.

Firstborn, 1984
ROLE: Brian Livingston
• In Haim's feature film debut, he played a small role as the smart mouthed little brother of Christopher Collet's character. Years later, Haim would work with Collect again in Prayer of the Rollerboys, but that time they played enemies instead of brothers.

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Silver Bullet, 1985
ROLE: Marty Coslaw
• Based on a novela by Steven King, Silver Bullet helped Haim get noticed by fans and critics alike, playing a paraplegic in a small town that's being terrorized by a werewolf. Damn, we're scared of werewolves and we can walk!

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Lucas

Lucas, 1986
ROLE: Lucas
Lucas is about a nerdy high school kid who falls in love with a local girl who is more interested in a football jock than Lucas. Haim's performance as the title character is probably the best of his career. Prominent film critic Roger Ebert wrote that Haim created "one of the most three-dimensional, complicated, interesting characters of any age in any recent movie." We just thought he was ill for delivering this line.

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Lost Boys

The Lost Boys, 1987
ROLE: Sam Emerson
• Haim's most famous film is an '80's classic. In a flick that will probably be remade any day now, Michael Emerson (Jason Patric) and his brother Sam (Haim) move into a new town and find that it's infested with vampires. Besides just being a kick ass movie, Lost Boys is the first time Haim starred in a film with Corey Feldman. And thus, the legendary duo of the "The Two Coreys" was born.

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License to Drive, 1988
ROLE: Les Anderson
• Riding high off the success of Lost Boys, Haim went on to star in a teen comedy alongside Feldman. We'd love to summarize the film, but the cheesy '80s trailer pretty much tells you every single thing that's going to happen.

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Dream A Little Dream, 1989
ROLE: Dinger
• Okay, so maybe Haim isn't a major character in this film. But it does feature this bizarre scene where Feldman does some ridiculous dance moves while dressed like a certain man who used to wear one glove. As if that wasn't creepy enough, when you add this and this to the equation, well...that's when things start to get really uncomfortable.

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Double Switch, 1993
ROLE: Eddie
• Obviously, the '90s and the 2000s weren't as fruitful for Haim as the '80s were. So out of respect, we won't mention all the horrible things that Haim did and went through in the last 15 to 20 years. Just consider the fact that only six years after starring in Lost Boys, Haim was starring in nothing but direct-to-video movies like Fast Getaway II and video games like Double Switch. Reminding us that if Haim taught us anything, it's that we should just say no.

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