I graduated from high school in 1986, and was surrounded by the films of the Brat Pack & the Coreys, and was part of the very first MTV generation. I wanted to read Corey Feldman’s memoir from the moment I heard he was writing one; it did not disappoint. Nobody expected great literature, but he has delivered a true and occasionally wrenching portrait of his life in Hollywood.
The death of Corey Haim was a heartbreaker, and after reading Corey Feldman’s tale of his friend’s abuse & molestation, the drug use makes much more sense. I watched both of their earlier movies (Stand By Me, The Goonies, Dream a Little Dream, Lost Boys, and my personal favorite, The ‘Burbs) fondly, but never saw an episode of “The Two Corey’s,” the semi-reality television show they eventually made together. And I am glad. Watching The Surreal Life was bad enough–one can only take so much of fallen idols.
Feldman’s relationship with Michael Jackson is discussed, of course, and is yet another heartbreaker. As with so many of the children who were Michael’s friend, Corey Feldman has always maintained that Jackson never abused him in any way, and was a model of good behavior. But the media twisted his words, and destroyed one of the few friendships Corey had with an adult, causing him and Jackson to stop speaking for years before Michael’s death.
Corey Feldman is a strong man to have survived the crazy abusive parents, molestation and drug abuse he has been through, things that killed so many of his friends. He’s now sober, a father (and, it seems, a pretty good one!), musician, still working as an actor. Best of all, he is doing his best to change the way children are treated in Hollywood.
Oh, by the way: I always thought it was a shame that the press never reported the truth about Corey Haim’s death. He did not die from an overdose. The autopsy showed he had pneumonia, and an enlarged heart. The only drugs found in his system were over the counter cold meds. He’d been clean, and sober, and was trying to get his life back on track, helping his mother who was going through chemo. Corey truly died of natural causes.