The Lost Boys (1987)

Oh look! Yet another vampire review TONIGHT! I’m on a roll, huh?

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The Lost Boys (1987)
 Dir. Joel Schumacher
 Writ. Jan Fischer
 Stars: Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Kiefer Sutherland
 Rated R
 97 mins.
 Comedy, Horror
 IMDB 7.2

This is a classic. Everybody has seen The Lost Boys, so I feel funny reviewing it when it shouldn’t even need it. This is one of those movies that everybody alive knows and 90% of those people love it. I feel like I shouldn’t even need to give the synopsis, but whatever, here you go!

The Lost Boys tells the story of a family that moves in with their eccentric grandpa and end up embroiled in a town’s dark secret: it’s overrun by vampires! When Lucy (Dianne Wiest) moves to Santa Carla, California with her sons Sam (Corey Haim) and Michael (Jason Patric) after her divorce to move in with her father (Barnard Hughes), she’s looking for a new start for her family. Unfortunately, that new start involves vampires. Michael gets involved with a group of punk teens down at the boardwalk who turn out to be vampires and he finds himself becoming one of them after the head vampire, David (Kiefer Sutherland), convinces him to drink from their bottle of blood. Tasked with saving his older brother, Sam enlists the help of some boys from the local comic book store who claim they know how to defeat the vampires and save his brother’s life.

This movie is, as I said, an absolute classic. You don’t have to have been so much as born yet when this movie came out to still know it well. That said, this movie is about as 80s as it gets. For one thing, it was the beginning of the popularity of the Two Coreys, Corey Haim and Corey Feldman doing a lot of teen movies together in that time. Speaking of which, the 80s were a boon for the ‘teen movie and this was very much a teen movie, because its very focus is the idea that these vampires are immortal teenagers who can be badass punk teens for the rest of ever and nothing can touch them.

I always find watching this movie HILARIOUS, because though I wasn’t born until 1991, the long ‘hair metal’ hair that Michael has is the exact same as my dad’s hair was until I was about 6 years old, and he sort of looked like Michael, and when you add in all the music from this movie, I think about my dad more than anything. So even though Michael is meant to be the heartthrob, I don’t really find him attractive, since he just looks like my dad.

There are some really well known actors in this movie, too. Obviously I mentioned Corey Haim and Corey Feldman, but you also have Dianne Wiest, who has been in basically most things you’ve probably seen, Edward Herrman, who has also been in most everything you’ve seen from Gilmore Girls all the way to Aviator, and of course, Kiefer Sutherland, who is best known for everything from 24 to A Time To Kill. There are just a lot of recognizable faces in this movie.

And of course, almost no movie has a better ending than this one just cutting to Grandpa as he grabs a soda and says, “One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach: all the damn vampires.”

My Rating: 7/10

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About J. Chelsea Williford

Student at Middle Georgia State University, writer, pop culture lover.
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