The Lost Boys
Release year: 1987
Director: Joel Schumacher
Screenwriter: Jan Fischer, James Jeremias, Jeffrey Boam
Starring: Jason Patrick, Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Haim, Dianne Wiest, Edward Hermann, Jami Gertz, Corey Feldman
Ratings: Saturn Award: Best Horror.
After a divorce Lucy (Dianne West) moves into her father’s (Barnard Hughes) house with her two sons. Soon the oldest, Michael (Jason Patric) is hanging out with the wrong crowd, as he meets the beautiful Star (Jami Gertz) and through her meets a group of wild guys led by the enigmatic David (Kiefer Sutherland). When his behavior starts changing his younger brother Sam (Corey Haim) is worried he is turning into a vampire and seeks the help of local geeks Edgar (Corey Feldman) and Alan (Jamison Newlander).
This cheesy fun 80’s cult classic is a smorgasbord for anyone who’s a fan of either vampires or the 80’s. With flowing curly hair, leather jackets and cut off t-shirts the fashion in the movie is a prime example of the fashion of the decade and right from the brothers goes to a concert where the leading singer grinds bare chested to soft rock the soundtrack delivers music that will make any fan of 1980’s music collapse with pleasure. But besides it’s attraction as a nostalgic trip down memory line The Lost Boys is good entertainment with a perfect blend of thrills, gore and laughs as Michael gets sucked (get it?) into the dangerous world of the vampires, lured by the stunning Star. The special effects works and the make up manage to look great rather than ridiculous, making the vampires look like suitable dangerous species, helped tremendously by a great performance by especially Sutherland (Flatliners, 1990). His leader of the group is strong and confident as well as incredible charismatic and intimidating and makes you believe he could as easily scare as lure someone. Patrick (Sleepers, 1996) on the other side is the more insecure teenage boy who straight after moving to town finds himself in trouble. He makes his character seem both vulnerable and strong as he tries to resist an unwanted destiny. Noticable as well are the kids of the movie. If you were looking for a kid to play overly confident in the 1980’s it is hard to think of anyone more perfect than Feldman (Gremlins, 1984) who already had several succeses under his belt playing quirky load-mouthed characters as only he can. He and Haim (Silver Bullet, 1985), who at the peak of their careers was known as ‘the Two Coreys’, shares so much chemistry that poor Newlander (The Blob, 1988), despite a good turn as the other half of the comic-book vampire hunters, is completly overshadowed. The kids are the ones that brings the most laughs to the movie, lightening up the tone after the few graphic death scenes in the movie and undoubtly adds charm to the story, even managing to do so without dragging it down to a silly level. That excactly is perhaps the biggest achievement of The Lost Boys: How it manages to balance precisely on the line between funny and silly without ever tipping over, that and one of the best ending lines possible!
The titel refers to J.M. Barrie’s stories of Peter Pan, the leader of a gang called ‘the Lost Boys’, who, like the vampires, never grow up.
Picture copyright: SF Film
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