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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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Release Date:

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 the cave of the Lost Boys you can see a poster of Jim Morrison who recorded the original version of "People are Strange" with The Doors. And when Star and Laddie are being carried into Sam's room, you can see a poster of Echo & The Bunnymen who recorded the version used in the movie. See more »


Around one hour into the film, when David and his gang attack a group of people while Michael watches on, one of the victims is the punk with a gray stripe in his hair who was killed earlier in the film. See more »


Sam Emerson: Wait, wait. You *have* a TV?
Grandpa: No. I just like to read the TV Guide. Read the TV Guide, you don't need a TV.
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Referenced in Marty Jenkins and the Vampire Bitches (2006) See more »


Lost In The Shadows (The Lost Boys)
Written and Performed by Lou Gramm
Produced by Pat Moran and Lou Gramm
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Funny, fast and fun to watch.
9 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

This movie to me is more of a comedy than a horror. The scenes I remember most are the funny ones. Not to say it is a pure comedy, it isn't. It is though a very good vampire tale. The cast is superb, even Corey Haim and Feldman. This is definitely the best movie they did together. This one has a family of three (a mother and two sons) moving into her dad's home. They go around town and the younger one hears from some comic book workers that there are vampires in town. The older son is in fact being recruited by said vampires and is already becoming one after drinking a strange liquid. All in all I love this film and it is one of my favorite vampire flicks. Good mixture of action, horror, and especially for me...comedy. This movie is so very well made that you will find it hard to believe that the director of this would go on to make the pretty bad "Batman and Robin". This movie though is good, and has one of the best ending lines of any movie.

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