Film Review | The Lost Boys

Sleep all day, Party all night, Never grow old, Never die. It’s fun to be a vampire

Jami Gertz, Corey Haim, Jason Patric, Kiefer Sutherland, Kelly Jo Minter, Alex Winter, and Billy Wirth in The Lost Boys (1987)

Director: Joel Schumacher

Starring: Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Dianne Wiest, Kiefer Sutherland

Genre: Horror/Comedy

Released: July 1987

Plot: When brothers Michael and Sam (Patric, Haim) along with their mother Lucy (Weist) are forced due to financial difficulties to move to their grandfather’s house. little did they know that this small Californian seaside town is plagued by a group of fun-seeking vampires

When it comes to vampire films, it’s pretty hard to do something new, even in the ’80s it was a pretty varied genre, but somehow The Lost Boys managed to not only break the mould but also become a pop culture icon.

Showcasing most of what was cool or hip in at the time, the film even manages to shoehorn in a sax solo. While I wouldn’t go as far as saying the film is a “horror classic”, mainly down to it being more of a comedy than a horror film, it is a classic and even 30 years later remains infinitely re-watchable.

Corey Feldman, Jami Gertz, Jason Patric, and Jamison Newlander in The Lost Boys (1987)

Directed by Joel Schumacher, The Lost Boys doesn’t do anything extraordinary when it comes to its look or even the story, with a lot of character development missing, but what it does do is modernise vampire myth, adapting the creatures to the time they inhabit, similar to the way Ann Rice took Lestat’s character in Queen of the Damned, but in the case The Lost Boys there is much more comedy. In fact, this self-aware comedy approach is what makes the film more enjoyable than other teens versus vampire films of the time such as Fright Night or My Best Friend is a Vampire

The strong cast does a great job, Haim might well be limited as an actor, he does a good job and was perfect for the role of Sam. Patric is solid but struggles when on screen with Sutherland, who oozes the type of charm and charisma you would expect from to a creature of the night and believes himself to be untouchable.

Kiefer Sutherland, Brooke McCarter, Alex Winter, and Billy Wirth in The Lost Boys (1987)

Overall The Lost Boys is a movie that successfully manages to mix the vampire mythology with ’80s youth culture in a way that even to this day draws the viewer in and creates an interesting and entertaining cinematic world, it’s just a shame the sequels were largely forgettable.

5 Panda

If you liked: 30 Days of Night, Dracula: Untold, Interview with the Vampire


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