The Lost Boys (1987)

Ah, Happy Friday! I don’t know about anyone else out there, but I thought this day might never come! This week,as part of the developing trend, in which we look at classic 80’s films for potential Friday night viewing, we’re looking at the movie that has it all…

The Lost BoysA Classic. There’s so many awesome features, let’s break them all down in a list format:

1. Vampires!

Lost Boys Vampires

Not only are these cool vampires, they’re mean vampires, they’re ugly vampires and they’re spiteful vampires. Plus, Kiefer Sutherland! You may also notice Alex Winter in the fabulous embroidered coat there, who we talked about last Friday for his career defining performance in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. I like these vampires because they’re not the sparkling/ misunderstood/ ‘bad-boys with a heart of gold’ type of vampire that’s become popular of late (I’m looking at you Edward Cullen and Stefan and Damon Salvator). These guys are undead and loving it. They’re a bit dirty, a bit sexy and really damn dangerous. It’s everything you want in a vampire really. And Starr, check her out in her cheesecloth frock and untouched perm – she’s everything that every 80’s wild child ever wanted to be.

2. Soundtrack

Lovin Life

In my humble opinion there just isn’t enough saxophone in rock music these days. This soundtrack is so undeniably 80’s it almost hurts me to listen to it. You’ll find INXS, Jimmy Barnes, Sisters of Mercy and The Doors all appearing here (and that’s just the beginning) of what is a weird choice of music, but one that works. Plus, there’s the saxophone dude that we have in the picture there. He’s clearly loving his life choices. If only I had a time machine and could just boogie on back to that beach party for a weekend. *sigh*

3. The Two Coreys

two Coreys

Would you look at those faces! Corey Feldman and Corey Haim, on the cusp of their uber fame. I was always a Corey Feldman fan personally, although I know a lot of people would say that they were Haim all the way. I just never found him as comical as Corey Feldman and there was something about Feldman’s goofiness that always won me over to his side. When Corey Haim died back in 2010 though I was legitimately sad and, having read Corey Feldman’s autobiography Coreography, I really feel for the personal issues that the pair of them were encountering during this period. Just goes to show that it’s not all glamour behind being a famous sex symbol. You never would have guessed the torment they were suffering, looking at those cute teenage faces. (I know a lot of our younger readers are probably having a problem processing the term sex symbol when applied to this pair, but look, it was the 80’s and times were different then).

4. The Frog Brothers

Frog Brothers

Fighting for truth, justice and the American way. If it hadn’t been for these unlikely saviours Michael and Sam would have been chow for the undead in no time. I love that they run their business out of a comic book store… and that they don’t seem to have any parents, then again, it was the 80’s so… Cool.

5. Dianne Wiest

Mom

I love the shit of of this woman. She is highly underrated in my book, she’s been in some absolute cracker films: Parenthood, Edward Scissor Hands, The Birdcage; and not to sound like I am dissing her, but to my mind, she is the ultimate movie mum. If they ever made a movie of my life, I’d be looking at her to play my on screen mother, no competition.

6. Michael

nanook
(that awkward moment when your dog realises you’re a vampire… before you do)

I guess Jason Patrick is probably the intended sex symbol of this piece and to be fair, he’s pretty smokin’. As the mis-understood older brother, who suddenly finds himself out of his comfort zone and about to be undead, you really do feel for Michael. The relationship between him and Corey Haim is totally believable and their brotherly arguing provides some of the highlights of the film. ‘Are you free-basing, Michael? Inquiring minds want to know…‘ He’s also rather sweet as the hopelessly enamoured Romeo, trying every move in his (limited) play book to try and lure Skye away from David (who you’re never rooting for, not for a second).

7. Nanook

Nanook 2

Look at this guy! He’s wise to what’s going on from minute one. In many ways I would almost argue that he is the true hero of the piece. I’m not going to give the whole plot away by saying too much about the vampires and the bad guys, I’m just going to urge you to find out about the happenings at Santa Clara for yourselves.

and finally…. Grandpa

grandpa

Sweet taxidermy collection, bro. Grandpa has some pretty solid rules for living in his house. Many of which I’d adopt for my own home, if I had to live with anyone other than my cat. Take note of what this old geezer says, he’s hip to the young kids and he has some wise, wise words… just don’t touch his root beer.

(side bar: I was once told that this film is based on the book Lost Boys by Orson Scott Card. I hastily went out and purchased a copy of said novel and eagerly sat down to read it. Turns out I was lied to. There is absolutely no correlation between the two, although I did enjoy the book a great deal and would recommend it to all Orson Scott Card fans. Come to think of it, there is much more to Orson Scott Card then just Enders Game, so if you’re not up with his back catalogue, you should get onto that).

I often speak poorly of sequel films, and today will be no exception. The Lost Boys produced two sequels: The Tribe (2008) and The Thirst (2010) and they each had Corey Feldman and they each were bloody f*cking shiteous. Lost Boys: The Tribe featured a younger version of the Sutherland clan, but it really had a stupid plot and was pretty much just a cheap imitation of the original, which came along about 20 years too late. There is a cameo from Corey Haim at the end  (he died before The Thirst was made, but that’s really just very sad and heartbreaking). I’d advise you to steer clear of both of these, unless you really hate yourself.

Since it’s Friday night, why not send Grandpa off early for his date with the widow Johnson, crack out some garlic, pull out the taxidermied animals, and enjoy this classic… if you could do it in the bathtub, with your radio balancing precariously on the side, that would be ideal… (just don’t go electrocuting yourself, you’re not immortal you know).

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