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There are basically two distinct (but related) stories in one going on
in "The Lost Boys," which revolves around a family (mom Lucy and
brothers Michael and Sam) who move to Santa Carla, California from
Phoenix after mom's divorce. Santa Carla apparently has a reputation as
the "murder capital of the world," and we soon find out why.
The first of the stories begins when Michael (Jason Patric) meets a local beauty named Star, who's tangled up with a local gang. This is the story with potential. The gang are actually a gang of "young" vampires, who set out to "recruit" Michael. I liked the idea of young vampires, which of course builds on the whole problem of gangs, and kids who don't fit in but want to fit in. The gang was pretty convincing, and Kiefer Sutherland especially was great as David, the apparent leader of the gang. Had this been developed as a straight horror-vampire movie about this roving gang of young vampires terrorizing the town and this family in particular it might have been a very effective horror movie. However, those who put the story together decided to introduce the second part of the story, which frankly didn't work as well.
In Santa Carla, a couple of even younger teens (led by Corey Feldman) know what's going on and fancy themselves as vampire hunters, their knowledge about the undead apparently having come out of vampire comic books. To save his brother, Sam (Corey Haim) hooks up with these guys, who use every cliché trick in the books (garlic, wooden stakes, holy water, sunlight) as they set out to destroy the creatures of the night. To me, this aspect of the story came across as silly, and every time the "horror" aspects of the gang started to become convincing, we got Feldman et. al. getting back into the picture and turning this into a vampire-hunting comedy. The final confrontation is overdone rather than climactic, and in the end Grandpa comes across as being as silly as the young vampire hunters.
To its credit, the movie surprised me with the final identification of the "head vampire," who has to be destroyed to release Michael. In the end, though, I wish this had stuck to horror and let go of the attempts to be a teen comedy at the same time.
I recently watched this for upteenth time this past weekend. It was so
hard watching this movie after learning about Corey Haim's death. I
decided to watch it along with my kids who were about the same age I
was when I first watched it. I watched it from about 10 years and all
throughout my teen years because regular TV aired it a lot. I had a
huge crush on Corey Haim...he was so adorable and funny. Yes Jason
Patrick was bomb back then too. It was eye candy and the movie was
scary just enough! Corey Haim you had a lot of Black fans too. My best
friend SL-G was a big fan of Lost Boys and we would always refer back
to that as being a good old school movie. Remember sis? Oh Corey will
miss you and remember you. RIP, and my heart goes out to your best
friend CF too. Peace
Love, SJW in Denver
And Corey Haim was excellent!. I can see where Charlie Sheen gets a lot
of his faces. more words more words more words more words. There -
happy now? No - 10 lines of text, more words - ten lines of text - Hi -
how are you - more words - ten lines of text - more words - ten lines
of text - more words - ten lines of text - more words - ten lines of
text - more words - ten lines of text.
And then the cat ran over the hippo without regard for any health care issues. Then the secret stupid palinskis took control of the government. And nobody could do anything about it because everybody became stupid.
Dracula, one of the most famous monsters in all of literature and film,
has been the subject of many movies since the Silent era. In most cases
he was depicted as a charming and seductive figure who wore a cape and
slept all day in a coffin. But of course there was another side to him,
a dangerous one. By the 1970s and 80s the Horror genre experienced a
major shift and people were taking classic tales and updating them in
interesting ways. The 1979 version of Stephen King's 'Salem's Lot'
introduced viewers to vampires lacking the charm and instead were
vicious and cruel. Almost a decade later Warner Bros. would bring us
another new take on the legend, this time one more aimed at younger
audiences and the film was both a hit and went on to have a major cult
Pros: Great work from the ensemble cast. A good score and also a cool soundtrack. Stylish direction. Fast pacing. Plenty of good humor. Nice cinematography. Great special and make-up effects work. Some pretty frightening scenes and images.
Cons: Thin plotting. The fashions and hairstyles really date the film.
Final thoughts: This was truly one of my favorites as a kid and even though I may not like it as much as I did then, it's held up really well and is still a lot of fun to watch. The vampire sub-genre was running out of steam a bit and thankfully films like this and 'Fright Night' gave it a shot of life in the arm.
My rating: 4/5
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When I watched this in the eighties I really enjoyed it but when I
dusted off my old VHS copy I was a little worried that it wouldn't have
aged well... I needn't have worried as the story is as good as it was
then with extra amusement given by the sight of hilarious '80s hairdos.
At the start of the film Michael and his younger brother Sam move to Santa Carla, California with their recently divorced mother, little realising that it is the murder capital of the world and home to a group of vampires. When they go into town Michael is somewhat smitten by a girl called Star who it turns out is with David, the apparent leader of the vampires. At this point he thinks they are just the local bad boys and doesn't suspect a thing when they invite him to their lair for some Chinese food and a drink of "wine". Meanwhile brother Sam is hearing about the presence of vampires from the Frog Brothers who work at the local comic shop and their mother is getting to know Max after applying for a job at his shop. That night's activities have left Michael half way to becoming a vampire and if he is not to become a fully fledged vampire he must persuade his brother and the Frog brothers to help him destroy the head vampire... and not kill him too.
Jason Patric and Corey Haim are good as Michael and Sam and Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander are suitably funny as the Frog brothers but it is Kiefer Sutherland who steals the show as bad boy vampire David, it was clear that he would go onto bigger things. As well as an enjoyable story the film has decent special effects and a great '80s sound track.
It's always hard moving to a new town where you're a teenager. It gets
even harder when you end up in Santa Carla, a small coastal town that
has a problem with . . . . . . vampires.
Corey Haim and Jason Patric play the two sons (Sam and Michael, respectively) of Dianne Wiest. Sam is a youngster trying to make new friends in town while not coming across as uncool while Michael ends up meeting a beautiful girl (played by Jami Gertz) and going up against some local biker boys, led by David (Kiefer Sutherland). Antagonism becomes grudging respect becomes camaraderie as Michael finds himself slipping under the influence of the local vampire posse before he even realises the awful truth. Fortunately, Sam is being made aware of the situation by the local oddballs known as The Frog Brothers (played brilliantly by Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander). As Michael battles against his developing "condition" and things become more dangerous for everyone close to them, the brothers and The Frog Brothers prepare to battle their fanged enemies.
This movie is a marvellously entertaining vampire flick that keeps lads and horror fans hooked with some decent scare moments and blood-drenched death scenes while female audience members seem to have been drawn in by the attractive male leads and a soundtrack that contains a great mix of fun rock and haunting melodies. Some people may roll their eyes at the thought of a glossy Joel Shumacher vampire movie but, what the hell, it's fun and for many people it remains right up there with the best vampire movies made in modern times. Personally, as I have grown up and changed my tastes slightly, I now find myself preferring many other movies, including the likes of "Near Dark" which was released the same year and sadly overlooked at the time, but I cannot deny that whenever The Lost Boys is on and I end up discovering it during a bout of channel-hopping I will end up watching most of it.
There are many things to pick at, many things far too easy to focus on that you can claim drag down the whole film, but the highlights just about outweigh these things. The whole feeling of fun and exuberance mixed with the frights, the fantastic soundtrack, the witty script that includes such enjoyable simplicities as "death by stereo" and some superb aerial camera-work that really takes you up there with the group as they scour for victims. Throw in some 80s nostalgia for those of my generation and you have a fine, fine film.
See this if you like: Vamp, Bordello Of Blood, Fright Night.
The very first thing you notice about this film is the richness of the
color. It was a beautiful film to watch.
It had a lot of great actors, and one very hot one.
Michael (Jason Patric) and his brother Sam (Corey Haim) move to Santa Clara with their mother (Dianne Wiest) after her divorce.
Michael is immediately attracted to Star (Jami Gertz), and is soon involved with her friends led by David (Kiefer Sutherland). He is willing to try anything to be close to Star.
Meanwhile Sam is reading Vampire comics given to him by two strange boys (Corey Feldman & Jamison Newlander). They come in handy when he finds his own brother has turned.
There wasn't any real vampire action, and the ending was pretty predictable, as was the identity of the head vampire. But, that still didn't take away from a fine performance by Corey Haim, and a dominating performance by Kiefer Sutherland.
This is a horror film classic with a great rock soundtrack. For me I watch this film every summer and it's a sign that summer is here. This is a true classic. There are few films quite so fun. I love the song Lost in the Shadows and I love the acting in this. I also love the subtle nods to both Jim Morrison and to vampire literature great, Anne Rice. I wish they would make more horror films like this. Lost Boys: The Tribe was a huge disappointment in comparison. It seems a shame when quality films are saddled with poor sequels. The Lost Boys has a fantastic soundtrack. It was quirky and fun. Lost boys is a cult classic that any fan of horror, comedy and or eighties rock would enjoy.
The best non-cinematic term to address The Lost Boys would be to call
it a sugar rush. It provides an exiting burst of energy, but one that
does not last long, and the ending does not feel as good as the rest of
the experience. The Lost Boys has a breezy sense of fun, a great sense
of humor, and a very funky look, but it all goes by a little too
quickly for us to enjoy it to the full. At best, it's fairly
The story is well constructed at the beginning. Some films take fifteen to twenty minutes to set up a premise, The Lost Boys accomplishes this before the opening credits end. We are informed of the time and place, we know who the protagonists are, and we sort of know who the antagonists are.
Michael and Sam are moving to Santa Carla to live with their grandfather, following their mother's divorce. One night on the boardwalk, Michael hangs out with the wrong group of people, and the next morning he is a vampire. This pretty much summarizes the first act. From here on the story loses its rhythmic pacing and moves into adrenaline mode. Sam with the help of two new friends seeks to destroy the head vampire and save his older brother. Lost Boys gets silly, but it winks at its own sense of idiocy, and never gets too nasty, or violent or gory.
I think the movie provides a good blend of material for the horror fans, but it needs a little more.
The mise-en-scene was a bit dodgy, going from great to disappointing,
the music was the usual 80s irritating nonsense, the costumes were just
about satisfactory and the acting was average but my god that film was
funny! I'm afraid for all those faults it's still a fairly average film
and i can't really give it more than a 6 but i still love it! Black
comedy at it's best! 'Isn't it bad luck for the guest to see the food
before the meal?' why do i find that so funny? It's one of those jokes
that really REALLY shouldn't be but i was rolling around on the carpet
in fits of laughter just the same.
'I wish grandpa would stop giving me these stupid thing!' I could barely hear him say the line but there i was again on the carpet doubling the laughter when i saw the little boy open a cupboard and reveal an enormous pile of stuffed animals! And the ending, oh the ending was the best of all, i won't spoil it for you, please just watch it! If you watch it with an open mind and allow for the crude jokes i think you're going to enjoy it! I have to go and watch that again!
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