Mar 102010


My own brother, a goddamn shit-sucking vampire. Oh, you wait till mom finds out, buddy.

I don’t normally get too invested in celebrities, but when I woke up this morning to Henry’s text saying that Corey Haim had died, I did NOT want to get out of bed. I’m laying there, crying, and Chooch (who is used to me crying over a leaf falling from a tree at this point) asked me what was wrong.

I didn’t know what to say, other than, “The Lost Boys finally killed Sam, Chooch.” And he was like, “Oh that sucks. Get me breakfast now.”

Like probably a billion other people, Corey Haim was the embodiment of my childhood. He was the first celebrity I crushed on who wasn’t gay! (Seriously: Freddie Mercury and Boy George, wtf.) And he was the only reason I ever made my mom buy me all those bubblegum magazines like Tiger Beat and Bop or whatever the fuck other fruity names those rags had.

I remember I was either in 5th or 6th grade when my mom let me order a giant poster of him that was advertised in the back of one of those ‘zines. Joey McIntyre? No thanks. I only had eyes for Corey Haim. When it arrived, my step-dad wrestled it from me, knowing that what lie within that poster cylinder was fuel for many dinner-time mockings to come. He embarrassed me so bad that I ended up stowing the poster behind the couch, dashing my dreams of falling asleep every night beneath Corey Haim’s crooked smile.


(It was worse than the time my step-dad bought me a heart-shaped Jason Priestley pillow as a gag gift and would try and smash it in my face. I’d get so furious, and finally one time I yelled, “HE’S NOT EVEN THE ONE I LIKE!

I LIKE LUKE PERRY!” causing a chorus of giddy “Ooooooh”s and kissy-sounds to erupt from my family. What assholes. I then re-gifted the pillow to our German Shepherd.)

When Corey Haim and Corey Feldman recently did that reality show together, it broke my heart to see him so downtrodden. I became obsessed with going to LA and saving him. But really, I don’t think anyone could have saved him.

It always happens to the ones who burn the brightest.

What are your favorite Corey Haim memories/movies/photos/etc?

  11 Responses to “RIP to a true lost boy”

  1. I never watched a lot of Corey Haim movies growing up, but I do remember how excited I was when my parents let me watch “Silver Bullet,” that Stephen King Werewolf movie with Gary Busey. People still make fun of me for loving it, but whatever.

    It’s such a shame when people fall by the wayside like that. I didn’t watch “The Two Coreys,” but I had read that he wasn’t doing well.

    “It always happens to the ones who burn the brightest.”

    That’s so true. I don’t understand why it is that the most talented people are struck with such terrible problems; it’s just not fair.

    I felt this way when Natasha Richardson died. I don’t know why it affected me the way it did, but I was really sad about it for months.


    • I was never a huge fan of Natasha Richardson, but that one affected me too. I think it’s that element of horror from when a celebrity dies of unnatural causes, such as freak accidents, overdoses, and especially suicides. Not that it’s OK when someone dies of cancer, heart attack or AIDs or something, but I think there is less of a dark cloak over it, you know?

      Even on The Two Coreys, he was a mess. It was really painful to watch at times. :(

  2. I used to have a picture of him on my wall from Teen Beat. He was dressed up kind of like a teen pop version of Billy Idol: spiky hair, black clothes. I would kiss him every night before I went to bed. <3

    I feel really bad now about laughing when he was selling his teeth and hair on eBay. :(

  3. Very sad news…drugs are bad.
    This might cheer you up…I just watched an old episode of Oz where Luke Perry is completely FULL FRONTAL NAKED! You must check it out.

    • Drugs SUCK. It also seemed like he pretty much burned every bridge he had in Hollywood, like no one was willing to help him anymore. That’s the saddest part for me, that he must have been so utterly alone when he died.

      I will have to check that Oz episode out!

  4. Totally derailing but I saw this and thought of you and Cooch:

    Jason as a Glam Rocker available today only.

  5. It took me awhile to love Space Ace. At first, I was over in Camp Feldman. But then one day it hit me that he really was hot, and I began adding his pinups to Kirk Cameron’s. The ones hidden on the back of my bedroom door so my mom, who wouldn’t allow posters on the walls, would not see.

    One time I took a picture of myself next to a Corey Haim pinup from Bop and it looked like he was standing next to me. One girl really thought he was, and I gloated.

    • Thanks for sharing your memories!

      He was such a big part of so many of our childhoods, wasn’t he? It’s funny how it’s all girls who are up in arms over his death, and all the guys are mocking us. At least that’s how it was when I posted this to Facebook, lol. Didn’t the boys think he was a good actor at least??

      It’s cliche, but Lost Boys will always be my favorite role of his. He had such great comedic timing for a kid! And he had so many of his signature intense open-mouthed looks in that movie, too.

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