Retro Reviews: The Lost Boys (1987)

The Lost Boys (1987) of Santa Cruz are just as lost as the boys in Peter Pan’s Neverland-both are missing and will never grow up. They will never grow up because they are vampires and spend their nights cruising for blood and any trouble they can garner.

Retro Reviews: The Lost Boys (1987)

The Lost Boys (1987)

The primarily teenage horror flick, follows two boys- Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) Emerson,  who happen to be the new kids on the block, after their recent move to the beach community of Santa Cruz, California. Unfortunately they seem to peak the interest of those nasty, long-in-the-tooth lost boys. Add to that a freshly divorced  mom (Dianne Wiest), a cantankerous old grandpa, whose home the trio move into, and a light hearted, comedic feel and you have an entertaining film in the style of “Fright Night”. The brothers hang out in town on the boardwalk and it isn’t long before the dreamy looking Michael spots an attractive girl. Never mind that this particular girl, Star (Jamie Gertz), is already in a relationship with the head vampire boy-David (Keifer Sutherland). This is when things start to get interesting.

Retro Reviews: The Lost Boys (1987)

Keifer Sutherland- Lost Boy

To save the brothers from this plague of lost vampire boys, enter brothers Edgar and Alan Frog (Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander) who meet Sam in a local comic book store. Using the odd but handy teaching tool of vampire comic books, they alert Sam to the vampire infestation of the town and the existence of  ‘the lost boys’. Enchanted with the lovely ‘Star’ , Michael gets too involved with ‘the boys’ and is even feared to be turning into one of them himself. Desperation to save big brother Michael, spurs brother Sam and the young vampire-fighting Frog Brothers on anew. The suspense and the action spirals with Sam and these two kids trying to save the day for all involved. Mom and her new Santa Cruz boyfriend-interest also get into the rescue scene making it a real family affair.

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Although a horror film with teenage comic overtures, this a solid movie with great performances, familiar faces and some truly horrific scenes. A nice touch is grandpa’s surprising hand in the outcome at the end of the movie. It has since become a kind of cult movie with many enthusiastic followers. I give this movie an 8/10- just slightly less than ‘Fright Night’ for delivering about the same amount of teenage-based entertainment with a similar measure of good, old-fashioned horror. 

Retro Reviews: The Lost Boys (1987)

The Lost Boys (1987)

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