The Lost Boys (1987)
Director: Joel Schumacher
Cast: Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Dianne Wiest, Corey Feldman, Barnard Hughes, Jami Gertz and Kiefer Sutherland
Synopsis: Following the divorce of their parents, Micheal (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) Emerson, along with their mother Lucy (Dianne Wiest), move to Santa Carla, California to live with their Grandpa (Barnard Hughes). On the back of the the sign welcoming people to Santa Carla states that the town is the Murder Capital of the World. On their first night out to check out the local sights Sam and Michael head to a concert and Lucy meets Max (Edward Herrmann) a movie store owner who offers her a job. Michael and Sam split up and Sam meets the Edgar and Alan Frog (Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander) who claim to be vampire hunters. Meanwhile, Michael becomes enthralled by the mysterious and beautiful Star (Jami Gertz), who happens to be with David (Kiefer Sutherland). David and his gang take Michael to their hideout, which is the remnants of an old hotel that collapsed during an earthquake. While there, Michael inadvertently drinks David’s blood, thinking it is wine. Michael starts to develop some side effects – including sensitivity to sounds, a lack of reflection, and even flying. Sam accuses Michael of being a vampire but Michael convinces Sam that he can figure out how to fix it. Lucy begins to date Max who Sam is also suspicious of being a vampire. Sam enlists the Frog brothers who tell Michael that as long as they kill the head vampire then he will no longer be a vampire. A final confrontation between David and Michael reveals who the true head vampire really is.
Trivia: This movie invented the phrase “vamp out”, which has passed into common usage on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The movie didn’t originally end on a joke. After the scene with Grandpa at the refrigerator, it was supposed to cut to the surviving Lost Boys regrouping in the sunken hotel. The last shot was of a mural on the wall, made in the early 1900s, with Max in it – looking exactly the same as he did today. All of this appeared in an early draft of the script, but ultimately was never filmed.
How scary is this really?: Not very but it is a whole hell of a lot of fun. I love this movie it is very much an 80’s movie but that doesn’t bother me the only real bummer is that it never got a decent sequel. Kiefer Sutherland is a total badass in his breakout role and Jason Patric does a great job as Michael. This is Corey Haim’s show though and the young actor carries this film on his shoulders. The best line in the entire film comes from Haim when his character discovers his brother is a vampire “Look at your reflection in the mirror. You’re a creature of the night Michael, just like out of a comic book! You’re a vampire Michael! My own brother, a goddamn, shit-sucking vampire. You wait ’till mom finds out, buddy!”. This a great move to watch around Halloween.