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The Lost Boys (1987)

R  |   |  Comedy, Horror  |  31 July 1987 (USA)
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After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Max (as Ed Herrmann)
Marko (as Alexander Winter)
Chance Michael Corbitt ...
Alexander Bacan Chapman ...
Greg (as Alexander Bacon Chapman)
Nori Morgan ...


A mother and her two sons move to a small coast town in California. The town is plagued by bikers and some mysterious deaths. The younger boy makes friends with two other boys who claim to be vampire hunters while the older boy is drawn into the gang of bikers by a beautiful girl. The older boy starts sleeping days and staying out all night while the younger boy starts getting into trouble because of his friends' obsession. Written by Zaphod <aaa@scs.leeds.ac.uk>

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Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It's fun to be a vampire. See more »


Comedy | Horror


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31 July 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Génération perdue  »

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$32,222,567 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In Lethal Weapon (1987), when Murtaugh and Riggs are walking down the street discussing how Murtaugh owes Hunsacker, a movie theater's marquee displays "Lost Boys: This Year's Hit". Richard Donner directed that film and produced this one. Both were both released in the same year. See more »


When the beach concert star performs his song "I Still Believe", his lips are out of synch to the lyrics. See more »


Sam Emerson: What's that smell?
Edgar Frog: Vampires, my friend, vampires.
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References Salem's Lot (1979) See more »


Back To The Carnival
Music by Thomas Newman
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7 September 2003 | by (manchester, uk) – See all my reviews

Browsing through IMDB I was shocked to see this film has only scored 6.7! The brilliance of this film is undescribable, I first saw it when I was about 11. It changed me! I wanted to be a teenage vampire and live forever! I have probably since seen this film more than any other, I haven't a bad word about it. Fantastic effects, acting, writing, and the music, believe me you'll be straight out to buy the soundtrack once you've seen this, and play it as if it was one of your favourite albums. Everyone is great in this film but Feldman was born for this part, he's like an older version of 'Mouth' from The Goonies, in many ways this film like an older brother to Goonies and cousin of American Werewolf. They truly don't make movies like this anymore, they finished in the 80's (Gremlins, Fright Night, American Werewolf in London, Return of the Living Dead, Evil Dead, I'm sure there's more...). What more can I say?

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