When I woke up last year on 3/10/10, my voice mail was filled with messages from family and friends, trying to cushion me from the news that morning. But it was too late, I was having my coffee and watching the KTLA 5, when the mornings news revealed that child actor Corey Haim had passed away early that morning. I was in shock. Throughout the day people called to see how I was taking that news.
I was, have always been, and remain a fan of Corey and his work. Haim shot to stardom at an early age with his work in films through the 80’s. As he grew older, the work started to dry up, and his offering’s became more and more ridiculous. I watched his films anyway. While his battles with his various addictions were very public, and while others who were entertained by him made jokes about his problems… I rooted for him. I was hopeful to meet Corey Haim one day. I wanted to work with him on something. I wanted to return something back to someone who had given me so much and never even knew it.
R.I.P. Corey Ian Haim 1971-2010 1 year ago the world lost a very bright shining light!! Although the awards shows disgustingly ignored his legacy, he will never be forgotten in our hearts and minds!!!! I LOVE U Corey!! 222!! Two Corey’s FOREVER!!!!”
– Corey Feldman (on his blog 3/10/11)
Upon news of Haims death, speculations immediately went to the cause being that of a drug overdose. Not me. Later, an autopsy exonerated Corey Haim, by revealing that he died of ‘Pulmonary Heart Congestion’. But of course that would barely get a mention on the news. People would talk about his problems and his flaws, while he was at the caring for his cancer stricken mother Judy Haim, whom he was nursing back to health. Now that’s character.
It was Judy who found Corey and called 911 as the life ran from her son of 38 years. And that was it, Corey Haim… gone. I would never get to meet this guy that as it turned out, lived right up the street from me.
This got me to thinking of what some of these “child stars” must go thought in their life. The idea of having reached a level of success at such an early age. The kind of success most of us work towards, and gives us a reason to wake up in the morning. Something to look forward too. But the idea, that maybe you’ve peaked at the ripe old age of 10 or 15 yrs old, I would imagine makes it difficult for some to have a reason to get out of bed, to have something they can look forward to. The idea, that at an early age, you were making thousands or even millions of dollars, before you even knew what money was, must drastically warp you idea of self worth. The shear fact that you don’t have to get that after school job at the local mall like the rest of us, must truly damage ones concept of work values. It must be painful to have to go from being the star of your own TV show and making thousands a week, to working as a cashier in a liquor store or as a security guard (Dana Plato & Gary Coleman of Different Strokes).
Of course this is not an absolute, there are plenty of former “child stars” that have faired the transition well. Perhaps, they had better people looking out for their best interests keeping them well grounded. Maybe they had stronger control over their impulses. Who knows.
In the end Corey Haim wasn’t just “another child star dies from a drug overdose”, rather he was a 38 year old guy, who was having his sickly mother stay with him, so he could care for her, who’s weakened heart finally gave out on him.
And over the next few days, I would watch as news reports said that a mother would not be able to burry her son. That his video games, DVD’s, jeans and Uggs would be auctioned of on ebay to help raise funds for his funeral expenses. A terrible and tragic end to such a bright promising star.
Corey Haim has battled werewolves, vampires, serial killers, bullies, cults, terrorists, big corporations and evil stepfathers! Join us below for a look at highlights from Corey Haims film career youtube style.
In 1985 Corey had a small role as C. Thomas Howell’s little brother in Secret Admirer.
Agin in 1985 Haim hunted a werewolf with his co-star Gary Busey as the wheel chair stricken Marty in Stephen King’s Silver Bullet.
It was in 1986 that people started to take notice of Corey Haim when he co-starred with Charlie Sheen and Winona Ryder in the coming of age drama Lucas.
1987 returned Haim to the horror genre with the cult film The Lost Boys. Also marking the first of many films he would do with Corey Feldman, thus starting their partnership as, ‘The 2 Corey’s’. (I saw this in the theatre 5 times)
1988 brought Haim & Feldman together again in the teen comedy License to Drive.
1988 Corey had the lead role in the B horror movie, Watchers alongside Michael Ironside.
1989 reunited the 2 Corey yet again in the very strange switch movie, Dream A little Dream. Also starring Jason Robards, Piper Laurie and Harry Dean Stanton.
1990 marked the beginning of Corey’s lesser known and under appreciated work with the futuristic Sci-fi Prayer of the Rollerboys, which also reunited a now adult Corey Haim with his Firstborn co-star Christopher Collete.
In 1991 Corey became an associate producer and starred in the B action movie Fast Getaway, a film about a father and son bank robbing team.
1991 Corey starred in the forgettable (though I liked it) Dream Machine about a teen who’s given a porsche with a dead body in the trunk. Needless to say, the killer is trying to get his victims body back.
1993 Haim and Feldman again in the attempted film noir Blown Away (not to be mistaken with the movie of the same name starring Jeff Bridges and Tommy Lee Jones).