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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.

Director:

Joel Schumacher

Writers:

Jan Fischer (story) (as Janice Fischer), James Jeremias (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Patric ... Michael
Corey Haim ... Sam
Dianne Wiest ... Lucy
Barnard Hughes ... Grandpa
Edward Herrmann ... Max (as Ed Herrmann)
Kiefer Sutherland ... David
Jami Gertz ... Star
Corey Feldman ... Edgar Frog
Jamison Newlander Jamison Newlander ... Alan Frog
Brooke McCarter ... Paul
Billy Wirth ... Dwayne
Alex Winter ... Marko (as Alexander Winter)
Chance Michael Corbitt ... Laddie
Alexander Bacan Chapman ... Greg (as Alexander Bacon Chapman)
Nori Morgan ... Shelly
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Storyline

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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Being wild is in their Blood. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

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Trivia

At the time the film was made, Alex Winter was still registered as "Alexander Winter" in the union. Joel Schumacher begged him to shorten his name, so it wouldn't take much space in the titles. Because the name couldn't be changed in time, his full name still made it into the finished film, which frustrated Schumacher. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie when the Vampires come back to get revenge they never asked for permission to enter the home the way MAX did. All Vampires must get permission from the head of the house to enter.

The movie never states that vampires need permission to enter the house. Max tells Sam and the Frog Brothers later on that inviting a vampire into their home leaves them powerless. That's why none of the tricks they tried during the spaghetti dinner worked to reveal Max as a vampire. See more »

Quotes

Max: [Michael is about to walk out the front door and suddenly sees Max as he's just getting ready to knock] Hey. How you doing? You must be Michael, right?
Michael Emerson: And you must be Max.
Max: Right. How are you?
[they shake hands]
Max: Well, you're the man of the house and I'm not coming in until you invite me.
Michael Emerson: You're invited.
Max: [nods, smiles] Thanks very much.
[enters]
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Referenced in Night of the Living Dorks (2004) See more »

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Ain't Got No Home
Written by Clarence 'Frogman' Henry (as Clarence Henry)
Performed by Clarence 'Frogman' Henry
Courtesy of Dominion Entertainment, Inc.
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Great 80s fun!
3 August 2006 | by jluis1984See all my reviews

There are many films about vampires, but one that is almost always remembered with a shy smile on the face is definitely "The Lost Boys". As one of the best remembered films of the 80s, this movie has become part of pop culture and a defining film for that period as it showcases most of what was cool or hip in that decade. While its status as "horror classic" has a lot to do with the nostalgic factor, it's an entertaining film on its own right and its modernization of the vampire myth along with its tongue in cheek humor still make for a charming and funny session of pure mindless entertainment.

The movie begins with Lucy Emerson (Dianne Wiest) as she moves to Santa Clara, California, with her two teenager sons, Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) after a bitter divorce. In Santa Clara, Michael becomes involved with a local gang of bikers who have a dark and mysterious secret while Sam becomes friends with two weird boys who claim that the town is being invaded by vampires and its their mission to get rid of them. As Michael begins to act strange, Sam suspects that his brother has become one of the undead and begins to take his friends seriously.

Directed by Joel Schumacher, "The Lost Boys" is a movie that effectively combines a cool and attractive look with a simple but entertaining plot resulting in a successful and charming film. The story modernizes classic elements of the vampire myth and adapts it to its time with intelligence and definitely tongue in cheek humor. In fact, this self-aware comedy approach is what makes the film enjoyable, and it relies more on fun and laughs than in actual scares. The plot is rather simple, and lacks some character development, but it makes an interesting (although also quite simplistic) analogy between the troubles of youth and becoming a vampire.

Visually the movie looks great, although by now it has that dated nostalgic look of a past decade. Still, the flamboyant visual composition fits perfectly in the film's time and context and it is one of the films biggest assets. Schumacher's fluid and energetic camera-work makes the movie flow at with a nice rhythm and the movie never becomes dull or boring.

The cast is very effective and everyone makes a great job. Corey Haim is remarkably good and while he may not be a good actor, in this film he is perfect for the role of Sam. Jason Patric is less lucky and he is overshadowed by the very talented Kiefer Sutherland, who steals every scene with his charm and presence. Jami Gertz gives a somewhat forgettable performance but veterans Dianne Wiest and Edward Herrmann are both excellent in their roles and have some funny lines.

"The Lost Boys" suffers a lot from its own self-referential nature, it looks old and severely dated by now even when it's 20 years ago when it was released for the first time. The cleverly written plot is very entertaining, but somehow the lack of character development and the comedy take on the story make it to never reach its full potential. The premise is quite interesting but the "Lost Boys" theme is never fully explored leaving at a nice but a bit shallow experience.

Definitely most of the charm of "The Lost Boys" is due to nostalgia, as the movie is now basically a time capsule of the 80s. However, it is hard to deny that despite being what one would call a "popcorn movie", in its time it was an intelligent, original and fresh take on vampires. While it may not be a landmark of horror of a life-changing experience, "The Lost Boys" is one of those films that will definitely deliver what they promise: a healthy dose of mindless entertainment.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 1987 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,236,318, 2 August 1987

Gross USA:

$32,222,567

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,388,898
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Warner Bros. See more »
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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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