The Lost Boys

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This pathetic attempt at comic horror (deriving from an initial project to rework Peter Pan in vampiric terms) not only plays fast and loose with vampire mythology but also fails to deliver either frights or laughs. Soon after moving to the coastal town of Santa Clara with his mother (Wiest) and elder brother Michael (Patric), young MTV addict Sam (Haim) is warned against vampires by the two Goonies who run the local comic shop. Lured to a wild cave party, Michael gets his first taste of blood (out of a bottle?). Forewarned is forearmed, however, and when Michael starts wearing shades, sleeping all day and flying around, Sam and the comic kids reach for the holy water, garlic and wooden stakes. Directed with a cavalier disregard for intelligibility, this has to be one of the most anaemic vampire flicks ever made.
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1987

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97 mins

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EY

Good review. This film is just a piece of 80's teen cinema junk. Possibly a forerunner of all those Twilight-like flicks that every so often disgrace both the big and the small screens. A comment such as that by Fern Owen here epitomizes the intellectual calibre of this fim and of those who are fond of this type of trash entertainment.

moker

What buffoon wrote that review? What utter, clueless fool too wrapped up in pretention actually sat down and penned that review? Talk about completely missing the point. It was neither meant to be a comedy or a horror, more a classic 80s teen movie that happened to be about vampires. In fact, it is *the* 80s teen movie in most peoples’ eyes. It outstrips the silly Teen Wolf, it outclasses the more two dimensional License to Drive and it even offers for surprises, twists and atmosphere than Ferris Buller’s Day Off. This review is an utter disgrace. What was the critic expecting? Sure I can understand if they did not warm to the humour, but it was tongue in cheek, self aware and lightly seasoned. It wasn’t meant to be a bloody comedy parade. The comic relief role of the Grandad was delivered perfectly. The juxtaposition between Michael’s night time transformation and his younger brother’s relationship is, at the least good, at the most, fantastic. Director Joel Schumacher might have gone on to turn out faeces such as Batman and Robin but this was the apex of his career – Atmospheric, self mocking and visually pleasing this film is undebateably a prominent jewel in the crown of classic 80s cinema. Fire the reviewer please.

moker

What buffoon wrote that review? What utter, clueless fool too wrapped up in pretention actually sat down and penned that review? Talk about completely missing the point. It was neither meant to be a comedy or a horror, more a classic 80s teen movie that happened to be about vampires. In fact, it is *the* 80s teen movie in most peoples’ eyes. It outstrips the silly Teen Wolf, it outclasses the more two dimensional License to Drive and it even offers for surprises, twists and atmosphere than Ferris Buller’s Day Off. This review is an utter disgrace. What was the critic expecting? Sure I can understand if they did not warm to the humour, but it was tongue in cheek, self aware and lightly seasoned. It wasn’t meant to be a bloody comedy parade. The comic relief role of the Grandad was delivered perfectly. The juxtaposition between Michael’s night time transformation and his younger brother’s relationship is, at the least good, at the most, fantastic. Director Joel Schumacher might have gone on to turn out faeces such as Batman and Robin but this was the apex of his career – Atmospheric, self mocking and visually pleasing this film is undebateably a prominent jewel in the crown of classic 80s cinema. Fire the reviewer please.

jamie

how can the person who put on this review say that its a pathetic attempt of comic horror. this film is an absolute classic and that person must obviously have no movie intelligence whatsoever

jamie

how can the person who put on this review say that its a pathetic attempt of comic horror. this film is an absolute classic and that person must obviously have no movie intelligence whatsoever

Emma Byrom

A fantastic, attention grabbing, bloody, effective, horror comedy, well worth a watch for any blood thirsty teenager who loves, horror, comedy, a dab of romance, motorbikes and vampires! The lost boys, produced by Harvey Bernhard, written in 1987, is a gob smacking and a thrilling film, with a strong story line and cliffhanging, heart throbbing moments. As Michael (Jason Patric), Sam (Corey Haim), Lucy (Dianne Wiest) and their dog move cities to live with their grandpa (Barnard Hughes) in vampire capital of the world, Santa Carla, Michael (oldest son) whispers, bloody dripping letters on the back of the “welcome to Santa Carla� sign. The film is a fairground set film and starts with Michael mixing with the wrong gang, just to follow the girl of his dreams, Star (Jami Gertz). Mixing with the hippy styled, gang of biker dudes, turning from a average teenager to a vampire wannabe just like the gang of blood quenching beasts. As the blood touches his lips, he is forced to taste the flesh, will Michael become a vamp or not? And does his first time murder go as planned? Lights, Camera, Action! This fairground set film, is set with flashing lights, merry-go-rounds, cheerful music and the chatting of the crowds, zooming out and filming flight of a blood sucking beast like a vampire, in the dark night sky. The use of this camera angle is effective by showing, silhouettes of the garlic-hating creatures, the dusky night sky and emphasizing the genre horror. Many different camera angles are used effectively in this thrilling film, such as high angle shots when Michael enters the vampires cave. Using the high angle camera shot, it creates emphasis and makes the actor small, helpless, and feel scared. The music throughout this scene is quite low pitched and keeps a strong beat all the way through gradually getting faster, as if its Michaels heartbeat as he follows the bloodthirsty vamps. Most of the music used string instruments to create high pitched, scary notes at the more tense moments. They type of music totally changes in the scene where Sam is in the bath, the music seems to still have a fairly strong beat but its jazzy, and funky, sing along music, this type of music in this scene in particular emphasizes the genre: comedy in this film. This fantastic film takes place, and grabs attention with the some of the funniest, weird, gory and peculiar characters in film. Michael (Jason Patric), the eldest son, lovey-dovey type of character, gets on with life easily, falls in love and goes with anything that catches his eye, very outgoing and brotherly. Also there is Sam (Corey Haim) youngest son, gets on with life with a hilarious sense of humour. Some of the things he says cracked me up, fabulous character and hard not to love. There is also head vampire, Max (Edward Herrmann) and his blood-sucking son, David (Kiefer Sutherland). These two gory creatures make the film itself, with their sly movements, tone of voice and sharp, flesh-ripping teeth. These characters appeal to the audience in different ways and grab the audience’s attention with their humour, blood, gore, and actions. I personally really enjoyed this film, considering I wouldn’t normally watch a horror film including bloody vampires and gore. It was the genre and the actors that grabbed my attention, not only I found it hilariously funny, I found my self peeking through my fingers at the rest of the film, it kept me on my toes and interested in what was going to happen next. The ending of the film is also one hell of a thriller; from start to finish it was a fantastic, and nail biting film well worth the watch. I really do recommend this film to anyone that loves vampires, horror and comedy genres. (Especially teenagers and young men and women.) And never forget: “Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. Its fun to be a vampire.�

Emma Byrom

A fantastic, attention grabbing, bloody, effective, horror comedy, well worth a watch for any blood thirsty teenager who loves, horror, comedy, a dab of romance, motorbikes and vampires! The lost boys, produced by Harvey Bernhard, written in 1987, is a gob smacking and a thrilling film, with a strong story line and cliffhanging, heart throbbing moments. As Michael (Jason Patric), Sam (Corey Haim), Lucy (Dianne Wiest) and their dog move cities to live with their grandpa (Barnard Hughes) in vampire capital of the world, Santa Carla, Michael (oldest son) whispers, bloody dripping letters on the back of the “welcome to Santa Carla� sign. The film is a fairground set film and starts with Michael mixing with the wrong gang, just to follow the girl of his dreams, Star (Jami Gertz). Mixing with the hippy styled, gang of biker dudes, turning from a average teenager to a vampire wannabe just like the gang of blood quenching beasts. As the blood touches his lips, he is forced to taste the flesh, will Michael become a vamp or not? And does his first time murder go as planned? Lights, Camera, Action! This fairground set film, is set with flashing lights, merry-go-rounds, cheerful music and the chatting of the crowds, zooming out and filming flight of a blood sucking beast like a vampire, in the dark night sky. The use of this camera angle is effective by showing, silhouettes of the garlic-hating creatures, the dusky night sky and emphasizing the genre horror. Many different camera angles are used effectively in this thrilling film, such as high angle shots when Michael enters the vampires cave. Using the high angle camera shot, it creates emphasis and makes the actor small, helpless, and feel scared. The music throughout this scene is quite low pitched and keeps a strong beat all the way through gradually getting faster, as if its Michaels heartbeat as he follows the bloodthirsty vamps. Most of the music used string instruments to create high pitched, scary notes at the more tense moments. They type of music totally changes in the scene where Sam is in the bath, the music seems to still have a fairly strong beat but its jazzy, and funky, sing along music, this type of music in this scene in particular emphasizes the genre: comedy in this film. This fantastic film takes place, and grabs attention with the some of the funniest, weird, gory and peculiar characters in film. Michael (Jason Patric), the eldest son, lovey-dovey type of character, gets on with life easily, falls in love and goes with anything that catches his eye, very outgoing and brotherly. Also there is Sam (Corey Haim) youngest son, gets on with life with a hilarious sense of humour. Some of the things he says cracked me up, fabulous character and hard not to love. There is also head vampire, Max (Edward Herrmann) and his blood-sucking son, David (Kiefer Sutherland). These two gory creatures make the film itself, with their sly movements, tone of voice and sharp, flesh-ripping teeth. These characters appeal to the audience in different ways and grab the audience’s attention with their humour, blood, gore, and actions. I personally really enjoyed this film, considering I wouldn’t normally watch a horror film including bloody vampires and gore. It was the genre and the actors that grabbed my attention, not only I found it hilariously funny, I found my self peeking through my fingers at the rest of the film, it kept me on my toes and interested in what was going to happen next. The ending of the film is also one hell of a thriller; from start to finish it was a fantastic, and nail biting film well worth the watch. I really do recommend this film to anyone that loves vampires, horror and comedy genres. (Especially teenagers and young men and women.) And never forget: “Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. Its fun to be a vampire.�