Today, Generation X lost one of its favourite sons – actor Corey Haim, who died in California at age 38. During the 1980s, Haim and fellow actor Corey Feldman (affectionately known as the “two Coreys”) epitomised what it meant to be a ‘heart-throb’. Haim’s boyish good looks earned him a legion of devoted female fans and a plethora of teen magazine covers. But it wasn’t just the girls – many young guys undoubtedly had some sort of ‘man-crush’ on Corey (I always wanted his hair – in fact, I wanted any kind of hair that wasn’t my own uncontrollable mess!).
It was the summer of 1987, and I was truanting school with a friend and two girls, one of whom I was smitten with. We made our way to the local cinema and saw The Lost Boys. By the time it was over, I had forgotten the girl and was totally enamoured with the film. I probably didn’t shut up about it all the way home. It was the first of many viewings, and the catalyst for many nights of teenage fantasy, discussing how cool it would be to be a vampire, or one of the Frog Brothers, or Corey Haim.
The Lost Boys is often recalled when mentioning him, but the actor had many great roles at the height of his career, including Lucas (for which he won much praise), the crowd favourite License To Drive and the adaptation of Stephen King’s Silver Bullet. And despite a career that faltered once his hype retreated (and due to a nature of drug abuse), Haim remains one of the most-loved Hollywood figures of the 80s. Together with the loss last year of legendary writer/director John Hughes, Generation X has once again been reminded that time stands still for no man – and that it will always be cool to be a fashion victim in Santa Carla.
by Wadrick Jones