A real vampire movie, and my favorite too.
Before Hollywood turned vampires into “Prima-Donnas” that are covered in glitter they were blood thirsty, violent, cool, and fun. Day 20 on our countodwn and I choose
The Lost Boys
Director: Joel Schumacher
“After moving to a new town, two brothers are convinced that the area is frequented by vampires.”
The Lost Boys was made in 1987 it stars Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Kiefer Sutherland, Jami Gertz, Corey Feldman, Dianne Wiest, Edward Herrmann, Alex Winter (Bill! from Bill & Ted), Jamison Newlander, and Barnard Hughes.
Such a great cast, the lost boys is a very dark story but isn’t a typical horror film. When I first watched it I was probably 10 years old and it didn’t really scare me. The vampires don’t really jump out of nowhere and try to surprise you. It is a very straight forward story that hooks you from the beginning. The opening takes place at a carnival on the boardwalk in Santa Carla, CA. A group of teenagers are walking through a carnival and security gets into a lets say disagreement with them and that sets the stage for what is going to come. Then we meet the main characters, Michael Emerson (Jason Patric) and his younger brother, Sam (Corey Haim), who are moving with their recently divorced mother, Lucy (Dianne Wiest), to Santa Carla. The family moves in with Lucy’s father (Barnard Hughes), a strange and eccentric old man who lives on the outskirts of town and enjoys taxidermy as a hobby. The grandfather has some great lines throughout the film.
Here is the opening scene to the lost boys:
So after the brothers move in they end up at the carnival and Michael meets a girl named Star and winds up running into David (Sutherland) and his gang. Michael ends up having a few crazy nights but also becomes a vampire. Sam meets the infamous Frog Brothers (Feldman & Newlander), comic store owners by day, vampire hunters by night. They may not seem like much but these guys are heroes. Lucy ends up working at a video store for a older gentleman she has just met Max (Herrmann). But something is very odd about him. I wont say how but all the stories end up intertwining and makes for one hell of a film.
So many classic lines from this film I could quote it all day. The vampire transformations are done very well and are not over the top and best of all David and his gang of vampires are very odd they stand out but in a creepy bad ass way. They definitely can be in your face as you will see in the beach scene when it’s feeding time. But most of the time they are laid back and just enjoying all the time they have.
The Lost Boys is a classic vampire film. Also two direct to video sequels were made recently made, Lost Boys: The Tribe and Lost Boys: The Thirst. The second film was not bad it felt more like a remake or sequel that just copied the first one in every way, but I do love the third film Lost Boys: The Thirst. If you are a big fan you should check both sequels out.
I leave you with the trailer for the lost boys and these simple words of advice. Never invite a vampire into your house, it leaves you powerless.