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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for The Lost Boys can be found here

Following a divorce, Lucy Emerson (Dianne Wiest) moves with her two sons, Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim), from Phoenix, Arizona to the small coastal town of Santa Carla, California to live with their Grandpa (Barnard Hughes). Sam and Michael quickly learn that Santa Carla has the reputation of being the murder capital of the world due to the large numbers of vampires. Sure enough, Michael is fingered by a gang of vampires, led by David (Kiefer Sutherland), who turn him into a half-vampire by conning him into drinking some of David's blood. With the help of the Frog brothers, Edgar (Corey Feldman) and Alan (Jamison Newlander), Michael and Sam attempt to kill the head vampire before Michael and his half-vampire girlfriend Star (Jami Gertz) are fully turned themselves.

No. The Lost Boys is based on a script by American screenwriters Janice Fischer, James Jeremias, and Jeffrey Boam. The movie was subsequently novelized by American author Craig Shaw Gardner. The novella includes several scenes later dropped from the film. Two sequels, Lost Boys: The Tribe (2008) and Lost Boys: The Thirst (2010), followed.

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After the sun sets, David, Paul, and Dwayne go looking for Sam, Michael, and the Frog Brothers, who are holed up at the Emerson house, preparing for the attack by filling squirt guns and the bathtub with holy water and garlic. The vampires crash into the house, sending every scattering in fear. Nanook destroys Paul by knocking him into the bathtub, which causes all of the plumbing fixtures to spew out blood, and Sam destroys Dwayne by shooting an arrow into his chest that impales him on the stereo, causing him to be electrocuted (or 'death by stereo', as Sam puts it). Michael kills David by impaling him on some antlers. Unfortunately, Michael doesn't revert back to being human and realizes that David was not the head vampire. At this point, Lucy and Max (Edward Herrmann) return home following their dinner date. Lucy is appalled to see the state the house is in, and Max apologizes for his boys getting out of hand. He explains that it was Lucy he was after all along. As the head vampire and father figure, he needed a mother for his boys, and he figured that, if he could get Michael and Sam into the family, Lucy wouldn't be able to say no. Max then vamps out and goes after Lucy. Everyone tries to fight Max off, but it is Grandpa who comes barreling through the door in his jeep, impaling Max with a fence pole, causing him to explode in the fireplace. Michael, Star, and Laddie (Chance Michael Corbitt) then return to normal. In the final scene, Grandpa takes a drink from the refrigerator and says calmly, 'One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach...all the damn vampires.'

In typical vampire lore, a vampire needs to be invited in order to enter someone's home. Apparently, this is true in this movie, as the head vampire (who had been invited in) warns, 'Don't ever invite a vampire into your house, you silly boy. It renders you powerless.' Viewers have interpreted this vague statement in a number of ways. (1) The head vampire's invitation extends to all his "children," (2) any vampire can enter any home; an invitation merely grants immunity to things like being seen in mirrors, burned by holy water, and repelled by garlic, and (3) the gang "interpreted" Sam and Michael's rescue of Nanook or the open chimney as an invitation to enter; since it was not an ordinary invitation, however, they were not immune.

"Cry Little Sister" is a song by Gerard McMahon and Michael Mainieri. It was originally released on the 1987 soundtrack album from The Lost Boys under the names Gerard McMann and Michael Mainieri. It was also released as a single. The album peaked at number 15 on the Billboard 200; the single did not chart in the U.S.

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