The Lost Boys
Directed by Joel Schumacher
The Lost Boys has all one could ever expect from a Vampire film: garlic, stakes, holy water, flying, incorrectly placed fangs, etc.
A recently divorced mother moves with her two teenage sons, Michael and Sam, to Santa Clara, California, to live with their Grandfather. This town appears to be the ‘murder capital of the world’ as a diverse mix of teens run amok on the boardwalk day and night alike. After chasing a girl through a crowd, Michael becomes mixed up with a gang of Vampires.
The Lost Boys is a well written film that has a lot going on plot wise yet appears simplistic on the surface. All of the characters, with the exception of a few of the Vampires, have their own agendas and are far from one dimensional.
With this being an ‘80s film, it features a good majority of the standard cliches of the period. The most glaring examples include silly Vampire transformations and a ‘roid raging, half naked, saxaphone playing musician wearing chains around his neck at a somewhat underground concert.
The Lost Boys features an impressive cast, including the likes of Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Haim, and Corey Feldman. The acting is excellent all the way around.
The Lost Boys is far from a great film; however, it is enjoyable enough to watch multiple times. If it’s not the familiar faces, it’s the mild comedic elements perforated by moments of blood and gore. In the words of Grandpa: “One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach: all the damn vampires.”