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What's the story mourning Corey?
on 7 November 2013
Corey Feldman is quite a polarising figure. It can't be denied that in the 1980s he was a huge star featuring in such classic films as The Goonies, Stand By Me and The Lost Boys but that was a long time ago and these days he's not exactly an A lister. He has become a figure of fun for many people these days (just search for any of his music on YouTube and read the comments) and his attempts at being some sort of Hugh Hefner like figure with his "Corey's Angels" is doing him no favours. I first really became a major fan of Corey Feldman after seeing him not taking himself too seriously in the Big Wolf on Campus episode "What's the storey mourning Corey" which unfortunately doesn't get covered in his memoir. Once he was on my radar I was amazed to realise just how many films I love dearly that he has played a part in and I've followed his exploits ever since. Which is why I was eager to read this very book.
I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book. It is written by Feldman himself and he can come across as a bit delusional at times but it is a compelling read. It's not surprising that he spends a lot of time focusing on the two relationships that define his fame as much as his acting career. The book kicks off focusing on the death of Corey Haim and there's plenty of coverage of his relationship with Michael Jackson. The book is fairly dark with Feldman painting a vivid picture of a very unhappy childhood with abusive parents. The main talking point of this book has been Feldman's disclosure of the sexual abuse he suffered and most controversially the sexual abuse Corey Haim was subjected to and never really spoke out about. This is often very unpleasant to read about and it is painfully sad that so many young actors are subjected to these kinds of horrors. I'm not sure discussing what happened to Corey Haim, especially when he's no longer here to give his own account of what happened, was the best idea but it is clear that Haim meant a great deal to Feldman.
This isn't a long book and is easy to get engrossed in. It covers everything from his early acting roles up to the present day. The only real complaint I have with the book is the lack of detail when talking about the many legendary films he worked on. There's plenty of information on what drugs he was on whilst making Licence To Drive but there's very little on the actual making of The Goonies. Feldman has worked with a lot of talented actors and directors and I'd like to have read more about them. I'd have loved to know more about the making of The Lost Boys, his Friday the 13th appearances and his work on the first and third Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies. I guess focusing on the heartache and the pain is what people buy memoirs for but as a film fan I wanted a real insight into the professional world of Corey Feldman and his impressive CV.
Overall this is an enjoyable book that gives real insight into Feldman as a person. It's touching in places (especially when talking about the birth of his son) and I found myself liking Feldman a lot more than I thought I would. It's a fairly inspiring tale of someone who hit the big time and lost it all but never gave up. If you're a fan of Feldman, 80's pop culture or just want an insight into the darker side of Hollywood this book is well worth a read. And he even manages to mention Ascension Millenium which if you haven't seen you should check out on YouTube right now!