“Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It’s fun to be a vampire.”
Do we need another review on the 80s classic, “The Lost Boys”? Maybe not. It’s pretty well-known by many. But, there’s a reason for the various reviews. It’s a damn good film, even as years passed. I love this film. I honestly do, and I write about what I love. So, you’ll have to deal with another review of this film. Don’t worry. You’ll survive.
I present to you: 1987’s “The Lost Boys”.
I have so many thoughts on this movie that I’ll have to self-edit to get through this review. If you haven’t seen it, I hope you are either under 30 or over 70 because there’s no excuse to ignore it.
Directed by Joel Schumacher, “The Lost Boys” is a modern-day vampiric take on J.M. Barrie’s The Lost Boys of the Peter Pan and Neverland stories. In this film, Sam and Michael are two teenagers that move to Santa Cruz, California with their newly-divorced mother in hopes of seeking a new life in a strange, new city. However, like many moves, it’s never simple. On one hand, Michael runs with a new crowd, led by charismatic David (Kiefer Sutherland in one of his iconic roles) with a taste for blood. Sam, on the other hand, meets the Frog brothers who are seemingly the only ones to know of the town’s vampires. With Michael not enjoying fully the perks of fangdom (See the film’s tagline), Sam and the Frog Brothers have to rid the vampires out of Santa Cruz before it’s too late. All of this leads to a thrilling climax and a surprise ending of sorts, involving Michael and Sam’s mom and her new love interest, Max.
Mixing equal parts of horror-suspense with comedy, “The Lost Boys”, the film never has a dull moment. The character development pulls the viewer in with an underlying message of wanting to belong to something. Almost every character is yearning to be part of a group. However, that need is rife with danger. Michael wants to belong to Santa Cruz’s scene. Unfortunately, he falls into the wrong crowd of boys wanting immortality and kinship; whereas, Michael’s mother, losing her marriage, wants to make a new relationship work, while fitting it in with her duties as a mom.
However, getting away from all the deep stuff, the Frog Brothers and their knowledge of vampiric life serve as comedic relief from the horror and suspense. Not many teenagers are armed and prepared to fight bloodsuckers, but they mean serious business, and business is good. Bottom line, the film has a great plot that, even though it’s horror, is relatable. Ultimately, the best scene is the thrilling climax as the Sam, Michael, and the Frog Brothers prepare for their final showdown with David’s gang. You find yourself laughing and cringing at the same time, while never sure when one emotion will overtake the other.
On the technical side, “The Lost Boys” bolsters fine cinematography that never looks cheap. Some scenes look as though they were made for MTV video rotation. Also, the casting director deserves a round of applause filling the screen with much of young Hollywood. Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, Jami Gertz, Dianne Wiest, Edward Hermann, and the two Coreys, Haim and Feldman, round out the superb cast of lost souls seeking a home of their own.
Of course, I cannot dare to not mention the fantastic soundtrack. First, the theme song, “Cry Little Sister” by Gerald McMann, hauntingly resonates throughout the film. Second, deliciously added to the first and last frames of the film is Echo & The Bunnyman’s cover of The Doors’ “People are Strange”. Third, even Foreigner’s Lou Gramm makes his mark on the film with “Lost in the Shadows”. Finally, Tim Capello covered The Call’s “I Still Believe” and shows up in a cameo during a beach performance where Michael meets Star, one of David’s gang. Thus, even if you hate or are indifferent towards the film, the soundtrack is worthy of a spin.
I cannot say enough of this movie. But, I will refrain. You have to see it for yourself. So, I will give this film a 9 out of 10 for being bloody fantastic.
Fun Fact About “The Lost Boys”: The film is followed by two lesser sequels, “The Lost Boys: The Tribe” and “The Lost Boys; The Thirst”.
Here are my favorite tracks from the soundtracks: