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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?


This movie invented the phrase "vamp out", which has passed into common usage on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997). 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: [yelling out the window to Star] Don't kill anyone until we get back to you!
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Referenced in Frostbitten (2006) See more »


People Are Strange
Written by The Doors
Performed by Echo & The Bunnymen (as Echo and The Bunnymen)
Produced by Ray Manzarek
Courtesy of WEA Records
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One of the best movies of the 80's.
20 July 2003 | by (ARKANSAS) – See all my reviews

I LOVE this movie! The Lost Boys is a movie I can sink my teeth into! Summary: Michael(Jason Patric)and Sam(Corey Haim)have just moved to Santa Carla, California with their mother(Dianne Wiest), and into the house of their lovable Grandpa(Barnard Hughes). During the nights in which they spend their time at an amusement park, Michael starts following an attractive girl named Star(Jami Gertz), and is introduced to her boyfriend, David(Kiefer Sutherland), and his gang of punks. Sam starts hanging out with Edgar(Corey Feldman) and Allen(Jamison Newlander)Frog who claim to be vampire hunters. Soon, odd things start happening at home with Michael, and no prizes to who guesses what's happening! The Lost Boys is an awesome vampire movie with cool flashes of the 80's, and an awesome soundtrack! 7/10.

Rated R for Vampire violence, language, and suggestive sexuality.

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