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Lost Boys, The
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by Mel Valentin

"One of the high points of 80s horror-comedies."
4 stars

With the upcoming release of "Lost Boys: The Tribe," the eagerly (un)anticipated “sequel” to the 1987 cult classic directed by Joel Schumacher ("The Number 23," "The Phantom of the Opera," "Phone Booth," "Bad Company," "8MM," "Batman & Robin," "A Time to Kill," "Batman Forever," "The Client," "Falling Down," "Dying Young," "Flatliners," "]St. Elmo's Fire") and starring the Two Coreys (Feldman and Haim), there’s no better time to revisit "Lost Boys," if for no other reason than nostalgia and a finer appreciation of the Coreys at the peak of the careers as child actors. With its synth-pop soundtrack, delirious music video style, its teenage-rebels-as-vampires storyline, and mix of R-rated horror and cheeseball comedy, though, "The Lost Boys" still has plenty of cheesy goodness to offer for connoisseurs of 80s horror-comedies.

In case you’ve forgotten what The Lost Boys is about, it centers on two brothers Sam (Corey Haim) and Michael (Jason Patric) Emerson, and their mother, Lucy (Dianne Wiest), transplants to Santa Carla, California (the so-called “murder capital of the world”) from Phoenix, Arizona. They’ve moved to Santa Carla to live with Lucy’s eccentric, taxidermy-obsessed father (Barnard Hughes) while Lucy tries to recover emotionally and economically from a difficult divorce. Sam and Michael couldn’t be more different, at least superficially. While Sam favors bright, multi-patterned shirts, blonde streaks in his hair, an earring in his left ear, and idolizes Rob Lowe, Michael prefers the intense, brooder look (unkempt, stringy hair, untucked shirt, faded jeans, later augmented by a black leather jacket).

Lucy lucks out and gets a job managing a video store (remember when those were around?). Almost immediately, the video store owner, Max (Edward Herrmann), asks Lucy out on a date. He’s eager to begin a romantic relationship. As night falls and Sam and Michael head out to the Santa Carla Amusement Park (actually the Santa Cruz Boardwalk), Michael catches the eye of a young woman, Star (Jami Gertz), but soon discovers that she’s romantically attached to David (Kiefer Sutherland, in Billy Idol mode), the leader of a Jim Morrison-worshipping, glam-goth motorbike gang. Sam meets the Brothers Frog, Edgar (Corey Feldman) and Alan (Jamison Newlander), comic book store employees and self-described vampire hunters. They convince a reluctant Sam to check out a vampire-themed comic book (he favors superheroes), claiming the comic book will help Sam fight vampires.

Of course, the Frog Brothers know what they’re talking about, as Michael discovers when David decides to make him a provisional member of his gang. Michael inadvertently drinks David’s blood, but, by the standards laid out by the screenwriters, Janice Fischer, James Jeremias, and Jeffrey Boam (Lethal Weapon II and III, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Straight Time), Michael doesn’t become a full-on vampire right away. For that, he has to make his first kill. Until then, he has all the powers of a vampire (e.g., flight, super-strength, heightened resistance to harm) and some of their weaknesses (e.g., aversion to sunlight, hunger for blood). When Sam discovers Michael’s condition, he turns to the (fearful) Frog Brothers, who promise to help. They suggest Michael’s only chance of becoming human again lies in killing the “head vampire.”

The Lost Boys doesn’t contribute much to the vampire mythos, outside of the half-vampire and head vampire angles. The Lost Boys still works as pop entertainment due to the depiction of the vampires as perpetually, rebellious teenagers. It doesn’t hurt that the vampires take their fashion cues from goth and glam rockers (e.g., long, black trenchcoats, spikey hair, eye makeup, and way too much jewelry). They hang out in a hotel destroyed in the 1906 earthquake, keep a poster of Jim Morrison around to remind them of their rock pretensions and use their abilities to terrorize and feed on local residents. They’re also adrenaline junkies, seeking out risks out of boredom (you’d be bored too if you were eternally young and never died). The Lost Boys also tempers the horror through verbal comedy and slapstick, primarily in the interactions between Sam and Michael, post-transformation, and Sam and the Frog Brothers (e.g., “First come, first staked.”).

Borrowing a page (and then some) from Tony "brother of Ridley" Scott ("Man on Fire," "Crimson Tide," "True Romance," "The Last Boy Scout," "Days of Thunder," "Beverly Hills Cop II," "Top Gun," "The Hunger"), Schumacher’s major contribution as a director is to film the nighttime scenes using red filters, smoke, and more smoke, helicopter or crane shots (to simulate the vampires in flight or on the attack), plus slow dissolves to create a vaguely hallucinogenic feel, capped off by a synth-pop, New Wave soundtrack featuring Echo & the Bunnymen covering the Doors’ “People of Strange,” an oiled-up, hypertrophied, saxophone-playing Tim Capello covering The Call’s “I Will Believe,” Run DMC/Aerosmith’s rendition of “Walk This Way,” and a "The Lost Boys’" original, “Cry Little Sister,” written and performed by Gerald McMahon. And if none of those songs or artists means anything to you, then "The Lost Boys" isn’t for you. For everyone else, "The Lost Boys" will be fondly remembered as one of the high points of 80s horror-comedies.

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3/28/20 dupadoit death by stereo 4 stars
9/21/17 morris campbell the wimp boys is more like it toothless vampire flick 1 stars
4/07/15 LadyBakon My favorite vampire movie! No glitter and walking in daylight here folks! 5 stars
11/24/13 Vanessa C. I liked this older movie. the new vampire movies suck. 4 stars
9/09/13 gene kelly teen wolf was a far superior 80s film; like top gun, this a big steaming pile of fertilizer 1 stars
12/26/10 Tamra Kasey Saw it when I was 15.I am now 38,still love it! 5 stars
5/01/10 Amy Green Watch this movie fairly regularly-can't get enough-a classic. 5 stars
12/12/08 Annie G Typical 80’s divorced mom, obnoxious kids, big hair movie with vampires. Why so popular? 2 stars
8/27/08 michael thomas it was okay but ive seen alot better 3 stars
8/11/08 Gerald S Vampires and comedy shouldn't be in same movie-and the music and effects are so corny today 2 stars
4/25/07 UvIndex Bizzare Ending. I love it! 5 stars
12/07/06 UGB Got to be one of the best vampire movies ever 5 stars
11/28/06 Lynn Leighton it is a great movie i love it !!!! and the guys are sooo hot ! 5 stars
11/02/06 David Pollastrini needs more gore! 5 stars
11/02/06 Neli Great vampire flick. Fun and stylish. Kiefer is incredibly magnetic. 5 stars
9/26/06 Stoner This movie rox and Kiefer is the sexiest vampire ever!!!! 5 stars
8/10/06 Dragon The Artist One of the best vampire flicks since Bram Stoker's Dracula!! 5 stars
9/01/05 Eden The first have is awesome, but the second is total crap. So its average 3 stars
2/16/05 C Vega one of the best 80's movies with an awesome cast and a great soundtrack 5 stars
1/29/05 Jeff Anderson Kiefer Sutherland MAKES & RULES THIS CLASSIC! Jami Gertz is incredibly, incredibly HOT!!!!! 5 stars
1/13/05 becki best film ever made, kiefer looks bad but sexy 5 stars
9/30/04 Archanist_101 Kiefer Sutherland + mullet = HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
8/02/04 Jessica D. love the movie..the guys are hot....great movie 5 stars
7/08/04 J Cadiramen The premiere vampire flick... dark and gritty, but with a noir humour. 4 stars
7/07/04 Denise Duspiva I love Kiefer as David 5 stars
6/25/04 Thomas Pacheco One of the best Horror filme ever. 5 stars
6/23/04 Jack Sommersby Good fun. Solid contributions all around. 4 stars
6/16/04 Daveman Good entertainment, with the welcome addition of Corey Feldman on top form. 3 stars
3/14/04 GBFH watching it right now. awesome movie. 5 stars
1/11/04 Samuel a very good vampire flick 3 stars
12/17/03 tasha it was excellent deffinently 5 stars hot actors (corey feldman and haim ) 5 stars
7/21/03 Double G Pretty Good Movie 4 stars
6/24/03 candy Nothing sucks in this movie except the vampires! 5 stars
5/27/03 Scott Howard Fun 3 stars
3/12/03 kelley jewell i love this movie to death 5 stars
2/23/03 Margaret No Oscar winner but really cool, dark, fun, and entertaining! 4 stars
10/23/02 Charles Tatum Sexy, cool soundtrack 5 stars
10/19/02 Emily Why do you think it is a cult film? Fantastic! 5 stars
10/15/02 Dennis Kay first class classic of goth 5 stars
9/29/02 Fuze44 Yes, people are strange. 4 stars
8/11/02 zine "death By Stero" Really WIRTH a Look, Billy Wirth 5 stars
7/23/02 TheChronic I've never liked the movie so my rating is biased, do not judge from it 3 stars
7/10/02 CVJ NWO Excellent film one of the best vampire films of the generation 5 stars
4/02/02 Butterbean This reminds us that Schumacher was once a good director. 4 stars
3/22/02 Mark Hickford F*cking Awesome 5 stars
2/25/02 K y L e A GREAT movie. 5 stars
2/21/02 Xaver It's fun! Everytime I see the little guy turn into a vampire, I know why I like the film. 4 stars
2/04/02 Frances Ok I guess but not THAT wonderful. 3 stars
1/13/02 Andrew Carden Fair Vampire Flick. Not Enough Substance or Excitement. 3 stars
12/14/01 Kimberly My favorite movie of all time! 5 stars
11/26/01 Kimberly Zastawny the greatest movie ever definetly a classic of it's time 5 stars
9/17/01 AnnyFanny Looks like it was a great film in its day!Punk 4eva! 4 stars
9/15/01 Dai The first race scene is the best ever filmed! I love that song!! 5 stars
9/09/01 Suz I think this is one of the best 80's films I've seen...gore, laughs, romance... 5 stars
9/03/01 Butterbean Great non-cheezy vamp flick. The only time Kiefer Sutherland looked hot 5 stars
8/09/01 E-Funk A great movie about vampires from the 80's. Funny and at times a bit frightening. 5 stars
7/08/01 Aimee this movie was the best! alex winter ( plays marko, hes from bill and ted movies) rules! 5 stars
7/03/01 Jed Lawrence This is the undisputed king of vampire movies! feldman and haim at their greatest 5 stars
5/31/01 perverted pixie Knarly, vamp flick. One to watch when your bunking off school. 5 stars
3/29/01 Kool AID Billy wirth is hottt!!!!!! 5 stars
2/16/01 Jake fun flick and not too shabby. 4 stars
7/04/00 brock hood best vampire movie ever 5 stars
2/10/00 Kyle Broflovski Four words for those who slapped this with bad reviews: BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER 5 stars
10/25/99 Ben Leostein Rating: **½ (out of ****) Category: "Above Average" 3 stars
7/03/99 J-Dogg Hate this shit. hate all fuckin' vampire flicks. 2 stars
6/19/99 Evol Love it; great movie. 5 stars
6/15/99 Dylan Great. 4 stars
5/14/99 Jaddax top vampire movie 5 stars
4/09/99 Michael Grimm My wife made me do it, it did film at Santa Cruz though 5 stars
3/07/99 KK Dusenbury Almost gets the right mood. But little boys and vampires don't mix 1 stars
11/17/98 Jules Some horrible acting failed to ruin a fun flick 4 stars
10/27/98 Silent Rob How can such a suck film be so good...? 3 stars
10/19/98 SBGirl^_^ good flick, hot guys, decent story, and a few good jumps, very worthwhile 4 stars
10/19/98 Bluntman Loads of fun. 4 stars
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  02-Jul-1987 (R)
  DVD: 10-Aug-2004


  02-Feb-1988 (M)

Directed by
  Joel Schumacher

Written by
  Jeffrey Boam

  Jason Patric
  Corey Haim
  Corey Feldman
  Dianne Weist
  Kiefer Sutherland
  Jami Gertz

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