For those of us lucky enough to have grown up as a child in the 80’s we know that the term The Lost Boys means something so much more than a group of boys who live in Neverland.
Horror movies have since evolved, but many had a drastic and lasting impression on our brains. The Lost Boys is one of those films. It’s a story about a family that moves to the town of Santa Carla, the “Murder Capital of the World” and also a haven for vampires looking to prey on innocent families. The main family consist of a single mom of recent divorce and her two sons, one an older teenager and the other a younger teen with a particular fashion sense. Sounds spectacular already, huh? Okay, okay, Kiefer Sutherland is one of the vampires and the Corey’s are in it… Got you yet? Yeah, I thought so.
The movie debuted in 1987 as a horror/comedy film to positive reviews and has grown its own cult following since those almost 30 years since. I remember coming across The Lost Boys on TV many times and the channel always stayed put once I arrived there. So, let’s dive into some of the awesomeness that this movie brings and why it’s worth watching this October. Most vampire movies have a similar theme: A character who is being victimized or a town having a missing persons problem. Well, that is right on cue with The Lost Boys.
Shortly after the family moves into their cooky old grandpa’s house, their eldest son Michael begins hanging out with a rough group of older boys who wear trench coats, have earrings and ride dirt bikes everywhere because of a pretty girl (isn’t that always the case?). They, of course, turn out to be vampires to which the movie title refers to. To save his older brother, Sam (Corey Haim) joins up with the “heroes” of the film, two young teenagers who help their folks run a comic book shop, Edgar (Corey Feldman) and Alan (Jamison Newlander), better known as the Frog Brothers. Their life mission?
Hunt down and kill all the bloodsuckers.
The Lost Boys depicts vampires in their true form: hating garlic, holy water, sunlight, must be invited inside, can’t see their reflection, and a stake through the heart will do them in. Sleeping upside down in caves and surrounded by bats, feasting on the innocent and loads of scenes with blood stained mouths sure does delight!
The group of vampires is led by none other than Kiefer Sutherland in one of his first roles. Kiefer plays David in all his trench coat glory with his spiky blonde hair and earring hanging. You simply can’t ever get the image out of your head. In fact, this is still one of my favorite roles for him. A vampire should be terrifying, strong, snarky and absolutely aggressive. He’s all of these things, but he’s also seductive and at the same time you can sense the youth that he lost within him and the other Lost Boys. Their clan delivers on all accounts.
This is one of my favorite scenes with Kiefer:
“Tell me Michael, how could a billion Chinese people be wrong?”
We move to the more infamous of the bunch, the Corey’s. From License to Drive to Blown Away and the many other film and television appearances, they seem to be paired together in just about any conversation. I will say that in The Lost Boys, my favorite is Corey Feldman as Edgar Frog. Killing the undead of Santa Carla is something he has prepared for his whole life, or least he certainly wants you to feel that way. Here is a clip of his energy and excitement in discussing the vile creatures:
The film has a perfect balance of comedy and horror. It’s terrifying for kids (the garlic holy water bath!), scary for a young teens, and awesome for adults. I’m glad they stuck with the R-rating and pushed the scenes just a bit further. Seeing the vampires with a more Twilight-esque appearance would not have been the same. It ignited a following that I am sure had a lot to do with the success of future vampire stories and movies today. (Okay, perhaps not Twilight, Matt, but close enough). It’s still relevant enough and embedded within our pop culture that there’s talks of making it into a television series recently even.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Twilight, Dracula, Shadow of The Vampire, and From Dusk Till Dawn all follow along the vampire culture, but in very different ways. The Lost Boys is one of the most accurate representations of the classic vampire to date. Well, Underworld could perhaps rival that representation, but I may just be a fan of Kate Beckinsale in full black leather. (New Underworld: Blood Wars trailer can be watched here by the way.)
In 2008, Lost Boys: The Tribe was a direct-to-DVD follow-up. It was obviously not given its day the way the original had shined, nor was it any good. Many fans had also been disappointed thinking the Corey’s would appear to take down and stake more bloodsuckers, but alas no reunion took place (although the end credits shows Corey Haim is now a vampire). Haim unfortunately was relegated to only a cameo because his personal life was in disarray as he struggled with substance abuse and ultimately passed away from an overdose. A unique and bizarre look at the Corey’s can be seen in their short lived (seriously not meant as a pun) reality series The Two Corey’s. A third movie was made in 2010 called, Lost Boys: The Thirst. I have yet to see it, but Heath remembers watching it once and can only recall a scene where vampires skydive while a revamped cover of ‘Cry Little Sister’ plays in the background. I don’t think it was very memorable either.
After watching and reviewing the original again, I may have to make a weekend out of them all. You can now find many of the DVD’s in the $5 bin at many local stores. You just need to hunt through the pile… Happy Hunting bloodsuckers!
And don’t forget to check out our other must-see Halloween picks on our 31 Days of Halloween list here.