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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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Enjoyable and entertaining vampire effort

Author: GL84 from Los Angeles, Ca
22 October 2012

When his brother gets mixed up with a rowdy gang in his seaside town that turns out to be a pack of vampires, a young kid teams up with a pair of local vampire-fanatics to stop him before he turns into a fully-fledged vampire.

A thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining vampire effort, this one has a lot going for it that really works well. One of the main abilities of this is to actually update the traditional forms of vampire lore into a more modern and rather intriguing series of concepts that play into the era pretty nicely. Rather than feature the traditional European version of the creature that runs around dressed to impress with a focus on keeping his identity a secret at all times, this one's use of rebellious free-spirits who don't really care and figure on just draining anyone they believe will blow their identity but look and act like typical teenagers allows them to blend in quite nicely and make it seem like an attractive, worthwhile life. The updating of the hunting tricks is pretty clever as well, and the ways of incorporating them into the story makes for some nice fun, as well as the different confrontations towards the end when they invade the coven to wipe them out which generates the film's action quotient. While it's got some signs of the time present that come off as goofy, as well as a few other minor flaws, it's overall really fun and entertaining.

Rated R: Graphic Violence and Graphic Language.

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"One Of The Best Vampire Films!"

Author: gwnightscream from United States
30 June 2012

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Jason Patric, Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Dianne Wiest, Jami Gertz, Barnard Hughes, Jamison Newlander and Edward Herrmann star in Joel Schumacher's 1987 horror film. Divorced woman, Lucy Emerson (Wiest) and her 2 sons, Michael (Patric) and Sam (Haim) have just moved to Santa Carla, California to live with her father (Hughes). Soon, Michael and Sam discover that there's vampires living among them after Michael falls in with a gang of punks. Sam seeks help from vampire hunters, Edgar (Feldman) and his brother, Alan (Newlander) to rid them. Sutherland (24) plays punk leader, David, Gertz plays Star, an attractive girl Michael finds romance with and Herrmann (Overboard) plays Max, a man whom Lucy starts dating. This is one of the best vampire films with a good cast, good score and great make-up effects. I recommend this 80's horror classic.

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Very cool vampire flick

Author: Terrell Howell (KnightsofNi11) from United States
26 June 2012

When you combine the cheesy style of 80's films and the exciting horror of vampire films The Lost Boys is what you get, and it is exactly what you would expect from an 80's vampire flick. Jason Patric and Corey Haim play two teens who just moved to a small coastal town in California, only to discover that the town may or may not be frequented by vampires. Michael (Patric) gets himself involved with this gang of punk rocker looking vamps and it's up to his brother Sam (Haim) to save him with the help of some local self proclaimed vampire hunters. Whatever you think The Lost Boys might be like, you're probably right.

The Lost Boys is super cheesy, but super fun as well. The music solidifies that 80's cheese and the overall look of the characters just adds to the very time period specific quality the film has to it. There's no exceptional camera work, superbly intelligent screen writing, or dense and complex story being worked here, but The Lost Boys is definitely a lot of fun, and that's all it really strives to be. Honestly, there's really nothing wrong with this film because it does what it came here to do, tell an awesome vampire story. It does take some liberties with the vampire lore, but it's things that can be overlooked.

Really, as far as this film being a vampire film goes, it really succeeds on an entertainment value level. The vampires look awesome in this film and they perfectly locate that area between being incredibly scary and really badass. We don't get any real vampire action till about halfway through the film, but it's worth the wait. There are some great human versus vampire scenes in the last half of the film, especially the final standoff between the vampires and our protagonists.

The Lost Boys as a whole is a wicked cool film. It doesn't amount to much more than a neat vampire flick but it certainly excels at being one. I definitely enjoyed this film throughout. It gets a little slow and a little choppy as far as editing goes towards the middle, but it catches its footing for the final act and really pays off. The Lost Boys is simply just a lot of fun.

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Was the setting intentionally ironic?

Author: traveler106
22 June 2012

I lived in Santa Cruz, the place where this movie was filmed, when I was a kid. When I watch the movie, I wonder if they intentionally chose Santa Cruz as the setting out of irony, because Santa Cruz is one of the safest and most peaceful places in the U.S.

At any rate, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It's not what one would call a "good" movie. It's not the kind of movie that's going to change the world, but it's entertaining, and that's what movies are supposed to do.

To sum it up: If you grew up in Santa Cruz, you'll love this movie because you'll keep recognizing places at the Boardwalk (The Giant Dipper) and the caves. You might also notice that it's an entertaining movie.

If you didn't grow up in Santa Cruz, it's probably an 8 or 7.

At any rate, it's a fun movie to watch.

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25 years later and the movie still has bite.

Author: Mark L from Hamilton Ontario
6 March 2012

Last month I was lucky enough to catch The Lost Boys on the big screen as part of Cineplex's digital film festival. First I must say I have been a huge fan since seeing the flick in 1987 at the theatre and growing up I have watch it more that 100 times. I haven't watched the movie in a little while and was curious to see how the movie would hold up now that both the film and I are both 25 years older. I was blown away how great the movie still holds up. I will be honest the first 20 minutes dragged a little watching it, but then I was totally lost in the film like I was watching for the first time. If anyone hasn't seen the movie it is a must have. It was also great seeing Corey Haim one final time on the big screen.

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This movie is fantastic, funny and suspenseful.

Author: sydneyh44 from Canada
1 March 2012

'The Lost Boys' (Joel Schumacher) is a film about two boys and their mother who move to a beach town. The boys discover the town is infested with vampires. This film was extremely well done and had a fun and lively feel to it. The town was interesting and the characters were all very different. From strong leaders to carefree grandfathers, this movie had it all. The plot was simple but kept many things hidden until the end, dropping only subtle hints. The film has many comic moments from the frog brothers to the rowdiness of the teenagers it deals with issues of peer pressure and facing the reality of a new town and a new life. This movie was intense and the characters were very complex.

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