Hollywood and horror lost another talent this morning. Former child star Corey Haim was found dead of an apparent accidental drug overdose at his Burbank apartment. He was 38 years old.

If you grew up in the 1980s, then odds are you saw a veritable truckload of Haim's work. The actor--along with frequent co-star and friend Corey Feldman--became an instant celebrity and a teen heartthrob. Haim was everywhere for a few years--in theatrical features and direct-to-video movies alike--but as time passed and his well-documented addictions grew, we came to know more about the actor's offscreen problems than what he was working on next. There was perhaps nothing more painful than seeing just how far he'd fallen in the reality series The Two Coreys.

Let's not dwell on that--let's instead remember Corey for the good things he brought us. Haim didn't do a lot of horror films, but the ones he did appear in were memorable. He turned up in the cinematic adaptation of Stephen King's story Silver Bullet and in Dean Koontz's killer monster flick Watchers.

However, Haim will always be best known as Sam, the teenaged vampire killer in Joel Schumacher's classic The Lost Boys. That role encapsulated everything we loved about Corey Haim--his sense of humor, his charm, and yes, even his acting ability. Corey may not have come to the end we'd all have hoped, but his legacy lives on in the work he leaves behind.

Rest in peace, Corey.
categories Movies, Horror