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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.

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Joel Schumacher

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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 ... 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:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lost Boys See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,200,000, 2 August 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$32,222,567
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Every year at the landmark Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, California, this film is screened as part of the park's free summer movie series. Beach goers may bring outdoor furniture and supplies to watch after sunset. Many features of the town shown can still be recognized, most notably the rides and games of the Boardwalk itself. See more »

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Around one hour into the film, when David and his gang attack a group of people while Michael watches on, one of the victims is the punk with a gray stripe in his hair who was killed earlier in the film. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Grandpa: One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach; all the damn vampires.
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Referenced in Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later: Reunion (2017) See more »

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Michael...Michael...Michael...Michael...
30 April 2015 | by jacob-grant101See all my reviews

This film is a cult classic that many seem to either love or hate. Personally, I'm' sort of somewhere in the middle. Overall, it was a decent enough film, but it is unfortunately bogged down by the atrocious performance of main actor Jason Patrick. I haven't seen his other work, and I understand that this was an early role for him, but it was literally one of the worst performances I've ever seen. His mother (played by Dianne West) was equally annoying as the timid victim-type mother who let people walk all over her. Corey Haim was surprisingly entertaining as Michael's little brother, while Feldman and his on-screen brother who may as well have just been a mannequin, are self-proclaimed vampire hunters who have never even seen a vampire before. The best performance in the film came from Kiefer Sutherland, which should come as no surprise to those familiar with his other work. The only other really notable performance was that of the late Edward Herrmann as Max.

This film does have it's funny moments, but I found they were just funny enough to make me let out a quick chuckle. The vampires are cool, but they are not revealed in their full glory until late in the film, which I found a bit disappointing, mainly because the rest of the film just isn't strong enough on it's own. There is also an attempt at a romance plot between Michael and Star (Jami Gertz), but it starts up like nothing and has absolutely zero substance to it.

Some may say I'm taking the movie too seriously, and I understand it's supposed to be silly, but I honestly didn't think it was that funny overall. It kind of felt like the sort of movie you watch while having like a drunken movie night with your buddies. I give this film a 6/10.

PS: The title of this review will make sense if you decide to watch the film.


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