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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

Though almost all of Kelly Jo Minter's scenes are deleted from the film, and the only true appearance she makes is over Lucy's shoulder in the video store, she still received billing in the film's opening credits. Her scenes can be viewed in the 2004 "The Lost Boys" DVD special features. See more »

Goofs

When the beach concert star performs his song "I Still Believe", his lips are out of synch to the lyrics. See more »

Quotes

Max: Don't ever invite a vampire into your house, you silly boy. It renders you powerless.
Sam Emerson: Did you know that?
Edgar Frog: Of course. Everyone knows that.
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People Are Strange
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Performed by Echo & The Bunnymen (as Echo and The Bunnymen)
Produced by Ray Manzarek
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Gets better with every viewing.
25 June 2001 | by billybrown41See all my reviews

This movie came out when I was like six years old. Here is a brief little plot-summary:

Michael and Sam are two teenage brothers who are moving with their recently divorced mother to Sante Carlo, California to stay with their eccentric grandfather. It is clear from the get go that Sante Carlo is an anything but normal town. This is explained by shots of the people while a cover of the Doors' "People are Strange" plays over the opening credits. Within a few days, Michael has already found the wrong girl and hooked up with the wrong crowd. Pretty soon, he's hanging out (litteraly) all night and sleeping all day. Sam, being the comic freak that he is, knows that's something is up and finds assistance by a coupla dorks who claim to be vampire killers.

How would I describe this film? Entertaining. Pure and simple. It is the definitive "style over substance" flick and that is just fine by me. This movie is all about entertaining the viewer and nothing else. Over the last thirteen years, I have seen this movie probably about thirty times and it has yet to get old. It is also a great time capsule of the 80s. There is a highly polished look to the whole thing, the music is awesome, and the good looking cast doesn't hurt.

When you watch this today, you might find some things to be hilarious. For example, that singer on stage with the oiled biceps, playing the sax. Watch that scene with a few friends, and you might find that the laughter is highly contagious.

I would have to say that my favorite character would be the grandfather. He had the best one-liners in the movie and his prescence alone, kept me laughing. I also think that this is one of Corey Feldman's best movies. He didn't have a whole lot of screen time, but he did give a fun, convincing performance and it would be cool to reunite the two Coreys for a sequel.

If you are one of the few people who have yet to see this, you're missing out. This is what great horror flicks should be. Pure fun.


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