When this movie begins ( a montage of happy families and teens enjoying a hot day at the beach theme park to the sound of The Doorís ĎPeople are Strangeí), I thought it might develop into something a little more interesting. Maybe have some undertones about the strains and freedoms of social exclusion or something. Sadly, it didnít, it simply eased itself down the well-trodden paths of the standard vampire flick.When a new family move to town, a warning is thrown in the face of the youngest boy about the dangers of the rampant vampire population by two comic book nerds, whereas the eldest is seduced into a world of never growing old by head Batman Kiefer Sutherland. Then, um, thatís about it for most of the movie. The youngest runs around trying to figure out how to save his brother, while his dim witted sibling is disturbed to realise that he has to, like, kill people and stuff.
The movie is a victim of the same trap that has caught so many movies before it that itís difficult to keep count. It sets a very dark and intriguing atmosphere during the opening third, then fails to maintain it once the Lost Boys get a bit more toothy. Once the foreboding atmosphere falls apart, there are only some mildly amusing scenes involving garlic before a lacklustre Ďsurpriseí (you know, the kind of surprise thatís ever so slightly obvious from an hour in) ending. It is a shame, as the atmosphere put in place was very promising.
The only standout performance comes from Kiefer Sutherland, and the rest of the cast seem to spend the whole time being mildly irritated by the respective intrusions to their respective routines. Hell, if they donít care, why should we?This could have been something really interesting, but manages to side step virtually anything that could have given it a bit more neck to get your teeth into. In the end, itís just another mediocre horror movie that canít maintain itís own momentum. Salvaged by the opening section, but let down by the rest.