The Lost Boys (1987)
“Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It’s fun to be a vampire.”
Welcome to Santa Carla, California – murder capital of the world! It’s also crawling with vampires…
Sam (Corey Haim) and Michael (Jason Patric) move to the coastal town with their mother (Dianne Wiest), following her divorce. They move in with eccentric old Grandpa (Barnard Hughes) and start to explore the community. Michael falls in with a group of motor cycling young rebels and begins to stay out late, as he is initiated into the gang. Sam meets up with the Frog Brothers, Edgar (Corey Feldman) and Alan (Jamison Newlander), who attempt to warn him of the dangers of Santa Clara.
The warning of the Frog Brothers will come in handy. The gang leader, David (Kiefer Sutherland) is initiating Michael into a cult of vampires…
But then you’ve seen this movie, right? It’s a 1980’s classic – featuring the Two Coreys, Kiefer, and a cast of teenage stars in a film that just manages to keep itself from becoming a cheese fest. Though Corey Haim’s outfits are more vomit inducing than any of the vampire’s kills. Come to think of it, I always thought the vampires were way cooler than the heroes. Nowadays I can just enjoy The Lost Boys for the fun it is.
It’s not the scariest film ever made, but there are some nice vampire folklore touches, a few jumps, and enough humour to keep this one fresh. The soundtrack is OK, and the narrative keeps you hooked. Plus it’s one of the most quotable movies ever.
“What, you don’t like rice?”