"We've been aware of serious vampire activity in this town for a long time. Santa Carla has become a haven for the undead. As a matter of fact, we're almost certain that ghouls and werewolves occupy high positions at City Hall."
The above is said by Edgar, one of the Frog brothers (Corey Feldman), in this absorbing horror/comedy movie. (The other brother's name is Allan. The Frog brothers were named after Gothic author, Edgar Allan Poe.)
Briefly, it's about two Arizona brothers, Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (the late Corey Haim), who move to California and end up fighting a gang of teenage vampires headed by David (Keifer Sutherland).
This is not only a horror movie with vampires but is also a hilarious comedy. The ones that bring a comedic element to this movie are Sam (mentioned above), Grandpa (the late Bernard Hughes), Edgar (mentioned above), Lucy (Dianne Wiest), and Max (the late Edward Herrmann).
The special effects and background music are quite good.
The title of this movie is a reference to "Lost Boys," in the stories about Peter Pan and Neverland who, like the vampires, never grow up.
This film was followed by two direct-to-video sequels: "Lost Boys: The Tribe" and "Lost Boys: The Thirst."
Finally, this DVD set (released in 2004) has 11 extras. I found all of them to be good.
In conclusion, this is quite an entertaining movie that blends humour with comedy. One thing I learned from this movie is to:
Beware of those with bad breath.
(1987; 1 hr, 35 min excluding end credits; wide screen 2 discs; 32 scenes; rated `R')
<<Stephen PLETKO, London, Ontario, Canada>>
on May 29, 2014
My girlfriend of 5 years turns to me as I made a Lost boys reference...something to do with Kiefer and vampires...so she turns to me and says I've never seen that movie...and I was like your kidding...she was like I've heard of it...so i went out and bought the blu ray immediately, its not right for someone to not see a movie about vampires in an age where vampires were scary and cool to kids, teens, adults and old people alike. I was blown away that a movie from 1987 could look so clear, it looks like they filmed it this year. As for some of the haters you see who are brainless morons trying to be stewie on family guy "its lame...its lame...everything is lame" haha those people always go to "it's soooo dated" first off, is the movie Jaws "dated" is the original star wars "DATED" Is Jimmy Hendrix or the doors "dated" just because something came out a long time ago does not diminish its impact one bit, aside from a few fashion choices the motherf*&^^er is tip-top. This is a definitive 80's movie right along side Back to the Future, Breakfast Club, Weird Science...etc. Needless to say my gf loved the film and even jumped out of her seat at one point (no spoilers) I recommend every human being see this film and enjoy the greatest vampire film of all time with Kiefer Sutherland the greatest Vamp of all-time, this is fact. Peace Y'all
on February 25, 2004
THE LOST BOYS is one of those nostalgic films that came out while I was in high school. It was refreshing to sit thru it recently as it had been so long since I saw it the 1st time around.
The movie features a very young Keifer Sutherland and Jason Patrick as well as an ultra-young Corey Haim & Corey Feldman. I do believe this was the 1st movie Haim & Feldman made together, and was one of the very 1st that Sutherland made.
If you like the horror / comedy genre, this is one of the films that pioneered that field. It doesn't go so far as slapstick (like the horrendous latter NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET movies) but does retain a certain macabre charm. The vampire element is handled well, always being a backdrop but never becoming too overwhelming to the comedic aspect of the film.
One of the differences between LOST BOYS and other vampire flicks is that we never learn how old the vampires are. Typically, we see a middle aged person, find out he / she is a vampire & then learn that he / she is 600 years old. While they do mention the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, they never divulge that they were actually THERE during the quake.
If you like vampire flicks, THE LOST BOYS is for you. It's one of the better ones I've ever seen, and is also bereft of the standard gun-blazing vampire movies of recent times. LOST BOYS is fun, nostalgic & it's strange. Even after all these years it's still eerie to hear the youth choir sing the Ten Commandments to a New Age melody...
on September 20, 2003
This may be one of the very best films of its genre. No, it actually is. I first saw The Lost Boys at a local movie theater when I was a little girl, and it has always been the best movie I have ever seen in a theater. I was only five, but I remember even now that I was haunted by the characters, the plot and the music for days afterward. Joel Shumacher wanted to create a dream-like feel to his work, and he knew exactly what he was doing. Truly original, it was very eighties and contemporary but still manages, in some way, to remain a classic as well. It's interesting to find out how different the former version of the script was from how the film turned out. The Lost Boys was actually being rewritten in some areas even as it was being filmed. (Some of the best things happen by accident or on spur of the moment.) Kiefer Sutherland as David, the nastiest bloodsucker of the four nocturnal dudes, can't be matched. His sinister laugh, his blood-draining gaze, and that incredible, very, very sexy voice, makes half the movie what it is. Jason Patric just seemed right as Michael. He has a quietness about him that makes him seem vulnerable yet tough at the same time. A very believable, very natural performance. Jami Gertz was beautiful and did her thing as the lone female vampire. She wasn't the annoying girl you usually want killed off. Instead, you look forward to when she appears in the next scene. I really like the way she potrays Star to be so mysterious and almost ethereal.
I had to get this on DVD (I found the soundtrack as well and pop it in when I take breaks while studying). Once in a while, you come across a movie that you can see a thousand times and never get tired of it. The Lost Boys is one of them.
P.S. There may be talks of doing a sequel to this film. I'm not sure. Maybe there still is, maybe there was at one time but not any longer. Please, please, anybody -- everybody -- DO NOT LET THAT SEQUEL HAPPEN. Without a doubt, it would be a stake through the heart of the original ... and its fans.
on August 28, 2003
"Sleep all day, party all night, never grow old, never die...its good to be a vampire!" Haha awesome line...and has way funny one-liners.(like 'worms!' 'you don't like rice? a billion chinese people can't be wrong!' ) This movie rocks...best 80's flick and better than any of those stupid 80's movie sherry watches! Way cool sound track too...'people are strange' and 'though shall not fall' (that karen, listening to that all day...she thinks she's a vampire). I'm trying to get my good cousin mander to watch it too...she better have watched it by the time this review comes out! This movie has already cracked my top 20 movie list and karen's and derrick's list. As for that derrick fellow, he's one funny dude. He was trying to be like micheal and eat maggots. Everytime he eats rice, I say: "your eating maggots derrick" Hahah, but derrick wants to be one of the frog brothers. he thinks he's a vampire hunter so the other day he went to church and filled his water gun with holy water! then he went up to karen and started squirting her. after karen didn't sizzle like a vampire, karen punched that fat bloke of a derrick straight in the stomach and knocked him out. "If there's one thing I can't stomach in santa cruz, its these damn VAMPIRES!" hahha man 'people are strange'
on July 8, 2003
Probably not a cinematic classic, but a great movie with a great cast and a great soundtrack. Michael and Sam move to Santa Clara with their Mom to live with their grandfather after her divorce. The grandfather himself is a real hoot - a taxidermist who keeps gifting Sam menacing looking stuffed animals and wears Windex for aftershave. Michael and Sam soon get mixed up with the colorful characters of the boardwalk. Michael is attracted to Starr who eggs on his advances despite the presence of David (Keifer Sutherland). Chasing Starr and not sure of who David is, Michael finds himself deeply embroiled in the vampire lair before he knows it. All he must do is make his first kill to become a full vampire.
Meanwhile, Sam has bumped into the Frog brothers, vampire hunters who run a comic book store on the boardwalk as a front for their parents. When Sam discovers that his brother is a half vampire, he has no choice but to call the Frog brothers for help. Disposing of the advice from the Frog brothers to kill his brother, they set out together to find the head vampire (killing the head vampire will free all of the half vampires).
Great one liners abound and it is fun to watch Corey Haim and Corey Feldman together. They were a good kid duo - better than most, in my opinion. Keifer Sutherland is a VERY sexy bad guy and Jason Patric isn't to shabby either. They have a good macho chemistry together. This is not your typical teen vampire movie. It is one of the best vampire movies I have seen not counting, of course, Interview.
on March 19, 2003
Released in the decade of the commercial vampire (the 1980's welcomed in a slew of vampire flicks), The Lost Boys went brashly head to head at the box office with the introspective soul searching Near Dark, and emerged from the oh so brief skirmish with hardly a scratch, victorious by a wide and bloody margin. Whereas opinions differ on which of the two is the superior vampire tale, The Lost Boys's style, elegance and wit has never been questioned (or even challenged) and, like Near Dark, it has transcended box office success to become an all time cult classic, and rightfully so.
Taking a love of the old school vampire films and infusing them with an energy and passion that is undeniably modern, The Lost Boys spins a tale about teenage leather wearing, motorcycle riding vampires that cruise the beaches and boardwalks of the quiet coastal Californian town Santa Carla (a fictional town Santa Cruz stood in for). Drawn uncontrollably to the local siren Star (an illuminous Jami Gertz), new local Michael Emerson (Jason Patric) soon finds himself amongst the gang, at times sparring back and forth with the gang's charasmatic and self assured leader David (a brutal and blinding Kiefer Sutherland at his career defining best!) and others, dangling from railway lines, racing through the surf at lethal speeds and drinking from strange ornamental bottles.
Not long after, Michael begins to notice changes in himself, like his sudden irritation to sunlight, his ability to scold himself from freezing cold water (a scene from the first draft of the script, criminally omitted from the movie) and his new and frightening talent to defy the laws of gravity. While his younger brother Sam (Corey Haim) falls in with his own crowd, the monotone and serious (and all the more comical for it) Frog Brothers, (also involved with vampires from an entirely different standpoint), begins to sort the pieces of his own puzzle out, the two come together to fathom what indeed they are dealing with and whether the seemingly insurmountable odds can be overcome. Uniting against a common enemy, the brothers, Star and the Frogs, self confessed vampire killers, take on David and his gang with violent, surprisingly funny and at times, startling consequences.
One of the simplest and most accurate reasons for The Lost Boys's brilliance is the remarkable blend of film, music, horror, comedy and drama utilised by director Joel Schumacher. Cleverly enough, Schumacher realised that the key to the whole project was style and he drenches the film in it. From the 'distinctive' opening helicoptor crawl across the blue/black waters of the Californian ocean headed towards an inviting boardwalk, literally buzzing with 'life' to the silohettes of the bikes racing through fog shrouded forests, from the vibrancy and humour of the concert staged boardwalk to the disturbingly real and sickeningly violent infamous campfire scene (where the film really ups the ante), The Lost Boys is literally the most stylish and downright cool vampire flick in motion picture history.
The music, as much a character in the film as the mortal and immortal roles, compliments the on screen action with the accuracy of a narrator, editing the scenes together with a polish and finesse that is miserably lacking in Schumacher's later work. The violence, when it does happen, is shocking and sudden, clearly stating that though humour is near enough always present, 'these' vampires will not be satisfied with just the jugular. This is murder at it's most nonchalant, an inevitable vocation for vampires approached with all the enthusiasm and gusto a teenager could muster, and all the more disturbing for it. Performances are sterling from all involved, supporting the fantastic Sutherland with ease and the effects are handled with just the right amount of delicacy, never intruding or stifling the flow of the quick paced narrative.
The final result is a movie that could well be the best advertisement for vampirism the world has seen. Since viewing the film at the tender and highly influential age of twelve, I have since watched The Lost Boys more times than I have the courage to admit and it rightfully sits in my top five of the greatest movies ever made. If you are a vampire fan, then you should be staked through the heart if you haven't already experienced The Lost Boys. If you have, perfect isn't it?
on February 1, 2003
The Lost Boys shows me something different every time I watch it. Perhaps I was oblivipus my first time out, perhaps TNT cut portions, or perhaps it really is that myriad.
There is so much that can be said about detail in this film, tiny little cues that spin your perception of the story in wholly different directions than it has ever gone before.
The elated grin on Star's face as she presses against David in the race scene, the tiny scrap of Beauty Has Her Way as the black clad vampire leader watches her return to him, and even the Echo and the Bunnymen poster on Sam's wall (not to mentions millions of other tiny details) all aid in a new sense of scope as slowly you take them in.
What's more, there are the upper, superficial layers of the film to revel in. Just sit back and relax while the abject sillyness of the Coreys makes your gut hurt with suppressed laughter, enjoy the (apparent) absolute mindlessness of the fight scene, and try not to be nauseated during the feeding(unrealistic? yes. evocative of more gory images? also yes.)
The last (I swear, the last) comment I absolutely must make follows:
The Lost Boys is an incredibly easy movie to feel. Not that it is emotionally trying in any real way, bt in that there is something more than tangible, perhaps even more than visceral about the film. The plot is believable, not in that I believe in the supernatural, but that in many (if not all: note the Frog brothers) of the characters respond to stimuli presented in such an absolutely honest way that it worries one. Are there vampires right down the block? The howling motorcycles, the missing persons flyers, the predominance of odd people in my neighbourhood - am I living in an haven for the undead? Even the most rational people could easily find themselves looking over their shoulders when walking the dog after dark. Especially people who live as close to Greenwich Village as I do, pardon the phrasing but that place must be crawling with vamps!
on October 5, 2002
I own this on laserdisc, but unfortunately that's not an option to review. But it doesn't change the fact that this is a great movie.
There are those who think I'm some sort of a horror movie buff because I enjoyed The Lost Boys and never miss an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Actually, I just enjoy a great story, and that's what this movie has. Like the classic horror movies, it isn't just a slasher T/A movie where the whole story revolves around the violence. The Lost Boys is a great character-driven movie.
It begins with Dianne Wiest moving herself and two sons to a small SoCal town (but not Sunnydale) to live with their grandfather after their lives have been uprooted. The boys have a difficult enough time settling into things, especially with a gang led by Keiffer Sutherland stirring up trouble at every turn. But that's not the worst of it -- Keiffer's gang is actually a nest of vampires, and their looking to expand their ranks.
Enter Jamie Gertz. She's already been taken in by the vampires, but has yet to make her first kill (i.e., according to the Lost Boys she's not a full vampire yet). When the eldest son falls for her, he too gets drawn into the vampires' web. Meanwhile, his younger brother falls in with adolescent would-be vampire hunters, on the trail of their own first kill.
The soundtrack rocks, the story rolls and the characters are compelling. Keiffer Sutherland and Jamie Gertz both jump-started their careers with this movie, and Dianne Weist puts in one of the best performances of her career (much better than her turn on Law & Order, and on a par with Edward Scissorhands). And keep an eye out for a pre-Bill & Ted Alex Winter, as one of the vampires.
Even if vampires aren't your bag, if you enjoy a good thriller, check out The Lost Boys. I'm sure you won't be dissapointed.
on September 8, 2002
THE LOST BOYS
THIS IS POSSIBLY THE BEST VAMPIRE MOVIE WITH QUEEN OF THE DAMNED CLOSE BEHIND. THE ENDING WAS BRILLIANT AND THE SONG THAT PLAYED IN THE CLOSING CREDITS WAS HAUNTING. FOR ALL THOSE WHO DONT KNOW THE SONG. IT'S PEOPLE ARE STRANGE AND IT'S BY ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN. OK SO THE MOVIE WASNT FROM MY ERA SINCE I'M 17 AND I DIDNT EXPECT TO LIKE IT BUT MY COUSIN BOUGHT OVER THE DVD AND I WAS SHOCKED BY HOW GOOD IT WAS. KEIFER SUTHERLAND IN HIS ONLY GOOD MOVIE FROM THAT ERA SINCE PROMISED LAND STUNK. I'D BE EXTREMELY HAPPY IF THEY RE RELEASED IT INTO THEATERS WITH DELETED FOOTAGE. I WOULD GO SEE IT AS MANY TIMES AS I COULD AND THEN WHEN THE DVD CAME OUT I'D BUY IT SINCE IT'S MY ALL TIME FAVORITE MOVIE. OK SO NOW TO THE STORY MIKE IS THE NEW KID IN TOWN AND HE FALLS INTO THE WRONG CROWD. THE VAMPIRE CROWD. THE REASON HE MOVED INTO TOWN IS BECAUSE HIS FAMILY WAS MOVING IN WITH THIER GRANDPA. HIS MOTHER SUPERBLY PLAYED BY DIANE WEIST SUSPECTS HES WITH THE WRONG CROWD AND SO DOES EVERYONE ELSE. SO RENT THIS AND ENJOY A TRULY GOOD MOVIE. YOU WONT BE UPSET. YOU WILL ACTUALLY BE HAPPY THAT YOU RENTED IT. I WAS VERY PLEASED WITH WATCHING IT.