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The Lost Boys

Posted in Classics, Horror, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2010 by Mystery Man


Michael Emerson (Jason Patric) and his younger brother Sam (Corey Haim) move with their just-divorced mother Lucy (Dianne Wiest) to Santa Carla, a coastal California town plagued by gang activity and unexplained disappearances. The family moves in with Lucy’s father (Barnard Hughes), a cantankerous and eccentric old man who lives on the outskirts of town, and enjoys taxidermy as a hobby.

The center of town life is the boardwalk and amusement park, which is plastered with flyers of missing people. While Lucy gets a job at a local video store run by a conservative man named Max (Edward Hermann), Michael becomes fascinated by Star (Jami Gertz), a beautiful young woman who lives with the mysterious leader of the local gang, David (Kiefer Sutherland). When Michael meets Star the next night, David provokes him into a motorcycle race, in which he is baited into almost going over the edge of a sea cliff.

David invites Michael to their lair, a once-luxurious hotel sunken by an earthquake, where he is put through an unsettling initiation that includes drinking blood from a wine bottle. He joins the gang in hanging from the underside of elevated train tracks, watching in horror as each willingly drops into a foggy gorge below. Unable to hold his grip any longer, Michael falls… waking up in his bed, groggy and disoriented.

Meanwhile, in the local comic book store, Sam meets brothers Edgar and Alan Frog (Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander), self-proclaimed vampire hunters who give Sam horror comics to teach him about vampires. Sam scoffs at them until Michael’s developing vampirism becomes clear; his dog Nanook is forced to fend off Michael’s bloodlust-driven attack on Sam, who notices that Michael’s reflection has become transparent.

Sam turns to the Frog brothers for help, but refuses their advice to kill Michael. He turns their suspicions to Max, who has begun dating Lucy, suggesting that he is the head vampire whose death will free half-vampires such as Michael, who have not yet killed anyone. At a dinner party held by Lucy, they put Max through a series of tests (including the use of garlic and holy water), which appear to indicate that he is normal, greatly embarrassing Lucy. After discovering that he can fly, Michael visits Star to question her about the physical changes he is experiencing, and the two make love.

Michael resists joining David and the gang when they enter a feeding frenzy, attacking a group of surf nazis at a bonfire. Star reveals to Michael that she too is a half-vampire, and wants his help. It emerges that David had intended Michael to be Star’s first kill, sealing her fate as a fully-fledged vampire. The next day, a weakening Michael leads Sam and the Frog brothers to the gang’s lair, where they intend to kill the vampires in their sleep. But the staking of one vampire awakens David and the two others, and they barely escape with their lives, managing to rescue Star and Laddie, a recently abducted child half-vampire.

That evening, while Lucy is on a date with Max and Grandpa is out of the house, the teens arm themselves with weapons based on traditional defences against vampires. David and the gang attack, and are each killed in a spectacular fashion during the epic battle. Michael faces off with David, and ultimately impales him on a pair of mounted deer antlers. However Michael doesn’t transform back to normal with David’s death as they had expected.

Max and Lucy arrive, and Max is revealed as the head vampire, having passed the Frog brothers’ tests only on the technicality of having been invited into the house. Max’s objective all along was to get Lucy to be a “mother” for his “lost boys”, but his grand plan is thwarted by Grandpa — who has been aware of the vampires all along — crashing his jeep through the wall of the house, impaling Max on the wooden fence posts he is carrying. Michael, Star and Laddie return to normal. The film ends with Grandpa calmly retrieving a drink from the fridge, seemingly oblivious to the carnage around him. He then declares, “One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach…all the damn vampires”


Now, here is something that we just don’t see too much of these days, vampires with no werewolves in sight.

The Lost Boys cane best be described as the film that launched the careers of the Corys (Haim and Feldman), even though they don’t have any one on one scenes together.

This is not your typical vampire film…or is it? There is the group of vampires that have assimilated into the culture without anyone knowing what they really are.

These vampires are not believable. I actually find the glitterati Twilight franchise vampires more believable. I mean, I realize this was the 80s, and I take that into consideration, but it seems as if they just stuck some fake teeth on these guys and gave them some colored contacts and called theme vampires.

Keifer Sutherland should stick to saving the world in 24 hrs, because as a head vampire, he just doesn’t inspire me to follow him. Why he was chosen for this role is beyond me.

Alex Winter does work as one of the psychotic underlings, though, so that is a good thing.

Jason Patric is so overwhelmed by his hormones that he follows this random group of biker things off a cliff just for one girl. WTF?!? I know she wasn’t bad looking or anything ,but when you move to a new town you don’t want to fall in with a bad crowd, and that’s exactly what he does, thus giving us the plot for the whole movie. Real interesting, huh?

I don’t really know why people are so enamored with this flick. I was not impressed. I’ve seen better, but at the same time, I’ve seen worse. They have this listed as a comedy, but don’t ask me why. I can’t bash this film, because it doesn’t deserve such treatment. At the same time, I won’t bow down and worship at the temple of The Lost Boys like so many people. Is it worth a viewing, though? Sure, I can recommend it as a good afternoon viewing or an 80s party, but not for much else. Still, it’d be better than the sequels which, against all better judgement, there are two.

3 out of 5 stars