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Before "Twilight" there was... Cheese-Fest – with extra garlic!

Author: ozjeppe from Åby, Sweden
27 March 2014

80's teen flick crossed with modern day-vampire horror: Two brothers move to Californian coastal town, plagued by vicious, hedonistic vampire pack. Conflicts ensue. In some quarters, this is reported as a cult movie. More straight to the point: this is a vampire story for the VERY noncritical Nickelodeon crowd, that more or less defines the decade in everything, from music soundtrack to fashion, sets and music-video visuals.

Innocuous and nostalgia-inducing, to be sure, but still an obvious-at-every-turn, grand cheese-fest (Feldman's lingo, the beach concert, the obligatory romance... oh, brother!) that actually might work better if viewed as a straight comedy, because turkey laughs are plentiful. Too bad the bits MEANT to be funny, aren't particularly so for anyone over 14, either! Best thing in it is Sutherland, who makes quite an impressive vampire gang leader. So, yes – before "Twilight" there was this... Cheese-Fest – with extra, extra garlic!

–"Death by stereo!!" Oh, you did not just seriously say that, Corey Haim, did you? Corey??

3/10 from Ozjeppe.

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Homo-erotic bloodfest

Author: H Kilcoyne
20 March 2014

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Sweet mother of Moses. If the quality of a film is to be judged on its homo-erotica and/or penetrative incest, then this movie gets a near perfect score.

As Michael and Sam made doe-eyes at each other, body fluids exited my lady orifice with gushing ecstasy. Tears of blood also came unbidden, which - being a vampire myself - I lapped up eagerly.

I have to say that the film was very true to the vampire lore. Yes, I have an aversion to holy water, and when I drank some by mistake last Easter I had a stomach ache for *days*.

The not so good points: When the older brother pretended like he was attracted to that girl when in reality he was obviously much more interested in his brother. The farce was embarrassingly obvious and the self-denial palpable.

Another drawback: The brothers' sexual tension was consummated off- screen! DEEPLY DISAPPOINTING. I hungered for a bloody bout of love- making but was left with only the furtive glances and triumphant glow in the boys' faces post-coitus. Fluent in subtext, I counted roughly 700 occurrences of off-screen love-making, so there was certainly more than ample opportunity for the negligent director to capture cinematic gold.

Besides this, the film delivered a self-assured and wonderful tale of vampires and brotherly romance, leaving my armchair upholstery embarrassingly damp. 9/10

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Vampires Galore!

Author: zardoz-13 from United States
24 February 2014

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Director Joel Schumacher's light-weight horror chiller The Lost Boys" qualifies as an above-average vampire epic with atmospheric settings, gorgeous photography, good performances, and an interesting story. Kiefer Sutherland heads up a group of vampires who like to ride dirt bikes. Jason Patric and Corey Haim are the new kids on the block in the coastal town of Santa Clara. They live with their mother, Lucy (Dianne Wiest), who operates—of all things—a video store. Michael (Jason Patric) falls in with the wrong kids and falls immediately for a cute gal named Star (Jami Gertz of "Twister") and they fall in love. Meantime, Sam (Corey Haim) suspects that Michael has been changed into a vampire. Now, Michael sleeps a lot during the day and he wears sunglasses. Two of Sam's friends, Edgar (Corey Feldman) and Alan Frog (Jamison Newlander), insist that Sam kill his older brother. Things get really explosive toward the end and Schumacher gets a little gritty. One vampire that invades Sams' house but he dies when their pet pooch, Nanook, knocks him into a bathtub filled with Holy Water from a local Catholic Church. Alternately funny and then straightforward, "The Lost Boys" chronicles Michael's brief life as a vampire and his battles with David.

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A Cult Classic

Author: Orophene from United Kingdom
22 February 2014

Not only is The Lost Boys praised as one of the greatest Vampire related horror movies to ever come out of cinema but it's also got elements comedy that break up the seriousness of it all and well, it works!

Some of the things that I really like about The Lost Boys is the outstanding story and the acting. The bond between Sam (Corey Haim) and Michael (Jason Patric) is excellent and you really relate to their brotherly bond.

The soundtrack fits the movie perfectly, hell, I'd go as far to say it's in my Top 10 favourite soundtracks of all time.

Because many others have already broken this movie down and reviewed it in detail I'll keep this review short by saying if you're a fan of Vampire movies or Horror movies in general and you have yet to see this then you definitely owe it to yourself to buy a copy and give it a watch.

Overall this is one of the greatest Vampire/Horror movies I've ever seen and deserves the cult following the movie has behind and supporting it to this very day. 9/10

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Better than Twilight

Author: dwalsh17 from United States
18 February 2014

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Unlike the sappy vampire movies like twilight this movie shows vampires as they are very scary and dangerous. This movie also has moral lessons on good and evil and the importance of family. Keifer Sutherland is amazing in this movie and steals the show. This movie keeps you on the edge of your seat. If you are looking for a good vampire movie stop looking because you found one.This movie also has several plot twists

and really explores the mythology of the vampires. It tells us how to

protect yourself from vampires in a fun way while also being very serious. It also features the Frogg brothers who are hilarious. The setting of this film

is great as the California lifestyle adds to the movie. Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never Die. It's fun to be a Vampire

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Thou shall not fall! (SPOILERS)

Author: KinMn
29 November 2013

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Long before Twilight....we had the Lost Boys!

I grew up with this movie & I still have to watch it every so often...I never get sick of this awesome movie! The lost boys is a classic piece of horror movies. This is what made vampire movies so popular!

SPOILERS (YOU'VE BEEN WARNED) Recently divorced single mother of two boys moves them home to her dad's in what she doesn't know is vampire capital. Back to a town where normal "people are strange" & the strange pale faced who only come out a night are killers. The paled faced are "damn blood suckers" vampires who have taken a interest in her oldest son. The youngest son gets help from two local brothers & vampire experts to save the day. How do you save your half vampire brother? Why you kill the head vampire of course! The head vampire who has been getting to close to your own mother!

Great movie! A must see & a must own!

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California Vampires

Author: AaronCapenBanner from North America
28 November 2013

Joel Schumacher directed this teen horror picture that stars Diane Wiest as Lucy, a divorced mother of two teenage boys(played by Jason Patric & Corey Haim) who move to a California town to live with her father(played by Barnard Hughes) and get mixed up with a gang of vampires after the older son meets a young woman(played by Jamie Gertz) who is reluctantly involved with them, and is led by David(played by Kiefer Sutherland) though there is a secret leader...Edward Hermann plays a love interest of Lucy, and Corey Feldman plays comic book fan Edgar Frog, who claims to know all about killing vampires, which will soon be put to the test. Marginal film almost works; it has a good cast, and a most funny closing scene, but it is just too much a triumph of style over substance, and is also quite violent at times, comedic at others. A mixed bag, though a cult hit.

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An Excellent,Suspenseful Horror Comedy,One Of The Greatest Vampire FIlms Ever Made And A True Classic. Joel Schumacher At His Best.

Author: jcbutthead86 from United States
28 October 2013

The Lost Boys is one of the greatest Vampire films ever made,an Excellent Horror Comedy that combines amazing direction,a brilliant cast,non-stop terror,great laughs,a wonderful script,a terrific score and soundtrack and fantastic special effects. All those elements make The Lost Boys one of Joel Schumacher best films,one of my favorite Vampire films and a true classic.

The Lost Boys tells the story of teenage brothers Michael(Jason Patric)and Sam Emerson(Corey Haim)who along with their Mother Lucy(Dianne Wiest)have moved from Phoenix,Arizona to Santa Carla,California to move in with their Grandpa(Barnard Hughes). While in Santa Carla,Michael falls for a beautiful,but mysterious girl named Star(Jami Gertz)who runs with a gang and the leader David(Kiefer Sutherland). Unfortunately for Michael,David and his gang are blood sucking Vampires and want to bring Michael into the fold. Worried about Michael,Sam enlists the help of Vampire killers Edgar(Corey Feldman)and Alan(Jamison Newlander)The Frog Brothers to help Michael and kill the Vampires.

The Lost Boys was the first Vampire movie I saw and not only is it one of my favorite Vampire films but is also one of the all time great Vampire movies and a classic because The Lost Boys is a film that is exciting and thrilling while also being a funny and over the top film that has a lot of style but great substance as well. One of the great things about The Lost Boys is the film's take on the Vampire genre. Instead of being another Vampire film with a Gothic setting The Lost Boys is set in the bright and sunny locations of Southern California with vibrant colors and neon lights which make The Lost Boys probably the lightest looking Vampire film ever made. What also makes TLB so unique and fresh is the way the Vampires look because David and his gang look like Rock stars instead of Dracula because you wouldn't think of David and his gang as blood suckers but as a Rock band waiting to perform at a concert. Their look is great and fascinating because it makes their actions so terrifying and intense. TLB is a Vampire movie that wonderfully balances the genres of Horror and Comedy mixing Suspense and laughs. The Horror works because of the scare and surprise scenes that are shocking and unexpected because the scenes happen so fast and quick putting viewers on the edge of their seat. The bloody and gory special effects are well-done and memorable but it's not too disgusting and compared to most Horror films in the 1980s the blood and gore is light. Despite being a Horror film the movie never takes itself too seriously and it's not really dark. The Comedy in TLB is hilarious because of not only the way the movie toys with the Vampire genre and it's trademarks but also the many lines and moments that happens throughout the movie where some the lines and moments are done in a straight manner or is offbeat and at times quirky. When you watch TLB you're scared but at the same time you want to laugh. TLB is a film about great style and being that the film was released in 1987 TLB is a reflection of an MTV Music video at the time with tons of music in nearly every scene,the look of the main characters and the flashy visual style with fast cuts and slow motion that makes the movie film at a fast pace that never slows down until the very end. The Lost Boys is like an MTV Music Video on Steroids. Michael and Sam are great characters because despite the things that happen to the two of them they are still brothers who love and care for one another because they are family and the relationship between the two has great depth. The screenplay by Jeffrey Boam,Janice Fischer and James Jeremias is great and quotable with dialog that is funny and slick and with fun pop culture references as well as references to other Horror films. The Action scenes are amazing,thrilling and suspenseful and when the Action happens it explodes like dynamite and will punch you in the face. The ending of The Lost Boys is brilliant and filled with excitement,twists and thrills that will have you cheering and clapping. A terrific ending.

The whole cast is wonderful. Jason Patric is excellent as Michael,with Patric bringing emotion and depth to the role. Corey Haim is brilliant and funny as Sam,Michael's little brother. Kiefer Sutherland is amazing and menacing as David,the Vampire gang leader. Jami Gertz is terrific and beautiful as Star,Michael's love interest. Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander are fantastic and hilarious as Vampire killers Edgar and Alan,The Frog Brothers. Dianne Wiest is wonderful and charming as Lucy,Michael and Sam's Mother. Barnard Hughes is outstanding and funny as Grandpa,Lucy's Father. Edward Herrmann is great as Max,a video store owner and Lucy's boyfriend. Brooke McCarter(Paul),Billy Wirth(Dwayne),Alex Winter(Marko)and Chance Michael Corbitt(Laddie)give good performances as well.

The direction by Joel Schumacher is brilliant and stylish,with Schumacher always moving and going wild with the camera with close-ups.zooms and great camera angles that keeps the film moving at a tight pace. Amazing direction,Schumacher.

The score by Thomas Newman is fantastic,thrilling,intense and adds to the film. Great score,Newman. The film also has a great soundtrack with songs by Gerard McMahon,(Cry Little Sister,The Theme From The Lost Boys),Lost In The Shadows(Lou Gramm),Echo And The Bunnyman(People Are Strange),INXS And Jimmy Barnes(Good Times And Laying Down The Law),Roger Daltrey(Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me),Ritchie Zito(I Still Believe),Run-D.M.C And Aerosmith(Walk This Way),Eddie And The Tide(Power Play),Mummy Calls(Beauty Has Her Way),Clarance 'Frogman' Henry(Ain't Got No Home)and more. Amazing soundtrack.

In final word,if you love Horror-Comedies,Vampire films or genre films in general,I highly suggest you see The Lost Boys,an excellent Horror-Comedy,one of the greatest Vampire films of all time and a true classic that is Joel Schumacher at his best and is a film you will never forget. Highly Recommended. 10/10.

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Best film of the eighties

Author: jomyers2010
29 August 2013

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The Lost Boys is, in my opinion, the best film of the eighties. I was born during the 80s so only watched this later on but still haven't changed my opinion of this. The characters give a freaky subject perfect sex appeal and also add a comedic value to the macabre topic. Back in the 80s the only vampire films out where traditional drink your blood types and this has so much more to it. The director has made this film perfect. I would describe it as an early twilight style film but without the lovey dovey story line. Keifer Sutherlands character makes the film what it is. It's his best performance as far as I am concerned and he even outshines Jason Patrics character Michael. The film centres around Michael and his change to become a vampire. Keifers character is the leader of said vampire gang and torments Michael beyond belief. Michaels brother Sam makes friends with two comic book geeks (Corey Feldman is one) and becomes a vampire hunter only to find that their mum is dating the head vampire max. Did anyone else notice Laddie's picture on the milk carton close to the beginning of the film?

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Author: lizaclear from Australia
19 August 2013

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The story is not very complicated but it's very grabbing and interesting. I've seen this movie hundreds of times and it never gets old.

The acting is pretty good, no one really stands out but they all gel together well, Corey Haim (RIP) was a favourite of all teens at the time. Although Jason Patric as Michael and Kiefer Sutherland as David are the most interesting characters are best friends off set.

Most fans recognize Corey Haim as Sam and Corey Feldman as Edgar Frog, also known as "The Coreys" by fans are bff off set and starred in heaps of films together. The cute hottie with the comedian duo type is a show seller.

Barnard Hughes as Grandpa is the movie stealer though with his one liners and old style charismatic charm. Eccentric, mysterious and quirky yet with a hidden and vast knowledge. I loved his character.

The movie has great cinematography, colorful and at times Gothic. The amusement park backdrop is cheery yet suspiciously eerie. The scene of the flying vampires swooping down for their attack is bloodcurdling.

The special effects are mostly vampire make-up and blood. A few death scenes are chilling yet funny and are not overdone with hardly any blood and gore.

The soundtrack is amazing with awesome 80s songs that still seem rockin today. Cry Little Sister by Gerard McMann is the highlight of this movie, very creepy and disturbing, it is the perfect song to set the mood.

A perfect mix of drama, mood, colour, special effects, soundtrack and acting. It has achieved cult status and deserves it. This is the best Joel Schumacher film in my opinion. It has just the right amounts of gore, horror, comedy and romance.

If you haven't seen this yet do yourself a favour as it is a must for all horror fans alike.

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