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The Lost Boys

The 1987 horror film directed by Joel Schumacher.

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Lost Boys

  • Dec 2, 2008
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"When you're strange
Faces come out of the rain
When you're strange
No one remembers your name"
~The Doors

When I ordered this from NetFlix I thought it was another release but I was mildly surprised at how well I enjoyed this movie instead.   It certainly isn't your usual vampire flick but geared up and more modern for the teen set.   Not quite as erotic as Interview With A Vampire, but it wasn't short on lust.

Lost Boys is grounded in Santa Clara, CA.  Lots of weird and strange happenings in the hills and caves around this coastal town; biker gangs and mysterious deaths.  A mother, either recently widowed or divorced - slips my mind - comes to town where her parental family lives, bringing her two sons in tow.  First we must realize these boys don't want to be where they are.  Nothing against Mom, but they were completely happy at their old digs with friends and school.  Now they have to start all over.

The younger son, Sam, makes friends with a couple of strange guys, the Frog brothers, who tell him Santa Clara is smack full of vampires.  Although he scoffs at the idea, at first, he soon watches changes taking place, even in his own home.  The older boy, Michael, falls in with another crew entirely; the bikers, along with a lithesome babe.  The bikers, it seems, are the aforementioned vampire clan and soon Michael takes on their strange characteristics causing Sam to fear for Michael's life, and his soul.

Meanwhile, Mom has taken a position at the local video store and starts a romantic interlude with her boss, Max.  It seems Max has his own issues but Grandpa finds it in his heart to solve Max's problems.
This little ditty was directed by Joel Schumacher.  It was nominated for 3 awards, winning one.  The rating is all over the board on this but I'd give it a heavy PG-13, simply because of sexual overtones and violence.   The most important thing to remember about this release is that it is full of black humor vampire lore and not your typical vampire telling.  You simply can't view it in the same light you would the normal vampire story.  On the other hand, this is what makes this one work.

There are a host of ‘star like' people in this movie.  Jason Patric plays Michael, Corey Haim his brother Sam, and Dianne Wiest is mother, Lucy.  Grandpa, in his humorous beer drinking vein, is Barnard Hughes, while Max is played by Edward Herrmann.  As far as vampires, followers, and slayers; Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Jamison Newlander and Jami Gertz.   All played their respective parts well, some with even a bit of campy delight. 

I understand they left many things intentionally floating in the air, hoping for a sequel that is yet to materialize.  It's a fun flick, strange in parts, nice to see the young stars when they were actually young and Kiefer was totally blonde.


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November 29, 2010
One of my favorite films out there, great review.
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review by . December 05, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
**1.2 out of ****      Aside from the fact that it's all style and no substance, "The Lost Boys" still services well as a decent vampire flick. It's better than most vampire films set in the modern setting, and certainly surpasses one's typical expectations out of a teen vampire flick. The biggest problem here is the story, which could have served as the substance. The script simply doesn't have any of the style that the visuals have, and descends into …
Quick Tip by . December 17, 2010
A really cool vampire flick that laughed at itself but never ventured into spoof territory.
Quick Tip by . November 29, 2010
What a great '80s horror film! It's got a gang of vampire teenagers, comedy, action, horror, and an awesome soundtrack. Can't go wrong here.
review by . October 28, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
The Lost Boys practically defines 80s teens movies as a horror movie with a gtreat teen cast. Two Brothers, Sam (Haim) and Mike (Patric) move with their newly divorced mom (Wiest) from Phoenix to Santa Carla, a place where, if the corpses were to all stand up at once, there'd be one hell of a population problem, as their goofy backwoods grandfather (Bernard Hughes) explains.     Mike is the first to find out why when his interest in a girl suddenly lures him into a world of trouble …
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One of the better vampire films about two new-in-town brothers who discover a local gang of motorcycle youths are more undead than alive. Younger brother Sam (Corey Haim) works hard to eradicate the ghoulies but his older brother (Jason Patric) falls in love with the bunch's lone female (Jami Gertz). Soon, he finds that he's gradually becoming a vampire himself. An interesting candy-coated meditation on teen conformity with a great rock soundtrack.
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Director: Joel Schumacher
Genre: Horror
Release Date: July 31, 1987
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: January 28, 1998
Runtime: 97 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
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