Director – Joel Schumacher
Cast – Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Dianne Wiest, Barnard Hughes, Edward Herrmann, Kiefer Sutherland, Jami Gertz, Corey Feldman, Jamison Newlander, Brooke McCarter, Billy Wirth, Alex Winter, Chance Michael Corbitt
Release Year – 1987
Reviewed by John of the Dead
1987 was a great year for horror. We were given Sam Raimi’s classic Evil Dead II, Clive Barker’s Hellraiser, Catherine Bigelow’s Near Dark, and of course…Joel Schumacher’s The Lost Boys. Definitely one of the cooler and visually stunning vampire films of the 80s, The Lost Boys is a fun-filled vampire flick that gives us plenty of vampire action from a slew of young and attractive 80s stars.
This flick stars Jason Patrick and Corey Haim as Michael and Sam, two brothers who move from Arizona to the town of Santa Carla with their recently divorced mother. The two brothers have no trouble fitting in or making friends, which is good for Sam, but bad for Michael. Sam has joined a group of vampire hunters who believe that a secret underground network of vampires roam the city after dark, and Michael has been lured into joining that very group of vampires. Soon enough, the two brothers meet, and as Sam tries to help Michael stop his transformation into full vampire mode, Michael’s vampire cohorts make a last ditch effort to settle things.
Ohhh the 80s. This flick embodies so many enjoyable elements from the 80s culture: the music, the mindset, the comics, and of course…the partying and good-time havin’. Throw in some really cool vampires and you get a pretty sweet mix and one really fun horror film. We get much on-screen awesomeness thanks to Schumacher’s usage of the vampires in this film, and his execution is what makes them such a joy to watch. We don’t see vampires used like this anymore, especially when it comes to NOT sparkling in the sun. The antics we get from the vamps was awesome, and I personally loved how they would make their “entrance” when it was time to create chaos and feed. It was just downright awesome.
Story-wise we get a positive output thanks to some amendments Joel Schumacher made to the script, amendments that turned the protagonists from 6 year olds to teenagers, which I found to be a very good idea given how fun this film is and how un-fun it would have been had we been given 6 year olds instead. The conflict we get at the hands of Michael and Sam was written well, and despite some cheeziness their performances sold the conflict to me.
For a vamp film we sure get a fair amount of comedy, and I enjoyed that. Much of the comedic relief comes at the hands of a well-written grandfather of Michael and Sam, who’s nonstop joking around and silly antics made this flick even more fun to watch. Lots of other cheezy tid-bits are thrown into the film, especially the usage of the Frog brothers who consisted of Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander. However, I must say that it was Kiefer Sutherland who definitely stole the show in this film. His acting performance is top notch as he showed he has the goods and desire to do an excellent job portraying a badass vampire, none of the romance stuff, but pure debauchery. Heck yeah!
I have no major complaints against this film, although I will state that this flick does lose “it” for a while during its long and under-satisfying second act. Thankfully, the execution was there and did enough to keep me somewhat interested during this segment.
Overall, this is a sweet vampire film that I recommend to all horror fans and those who enjoy the vampire sub-genre. We get awesome visuals, cool characters, good direction, and lots of fun elements thrown into this recommended flick.