The Lost Boys
I want you to think back, way back into the past. This is a magical time where Keifer Sutherland wasn’t a secret agent battling against time, Jason Patric didn’t have a sick daughter, Joel Schumacher directed good movies, Corey Haim was blissfully alive and Corey Feldman wasn’t on drugs. Oh, and vampires weren’t sparkling love sick creatures. They were actual monsters. Yes, I am talking about the Eighties and I am talking the brilliant teen horror The Lost Boys.
The Lost Boys is set in the beach community of Santa Carla, California. When brothers Michael and Sam are moved there after a divorce, they find it hard to fit in to the seemingly weird and quiet town. One night while scouring the docks and arcades, Michael sees the beautiful Star. Unfortunately, Star belongs to a gang of bikers run by David and to get close to her, he must join them. Even more unfortunate than that, David and his cronies are actually vampires turning Michael by tricking him. It is up to Sam and a band of vampire hunters named Edgar and Alan Frog to stop them and bring Michael back from the undead.
The Lost Boys is a fantastic slice of 80’s cinema and had everything from that era with a couple of demons thrown in. Joel Schumacher’s famous style over substance directing actually works here with The Lost Boys. By choosing not to prattle on in depth about Vampires souls and love, the surface bereft of meaning makes the move more chilling. Without reason or rhyme, David and his crew kill without thought or care. The Lost Boys was spurned by the idea that Peter Pan was actually a vampire because he never grew old (hence the title) and that is wonderfully played upon within the movie as David takes Michael into his world of partying, killing and immortality.
And the movie does have its truly terrifying moments and creepy scenes. From the train track sequence to the epic battle, The Lost Boys is awash with eighties gothic tones sliced with over the top gore and horror. The movie may seem tame in comparison to other horror movies but the beach scene where the pack of vampires slay a group of music fans around a bonfire actually makes you cringe. Let’s not forget too that Keifer Sutherlands’ David is by far a fantastic villain. His voice to his presence on screen worms in your mind and you will never be able to say the name Michael again without hearing it in his ghost like tones. And it further cements the fact that much like his father, Sutherland really excels playing villains.
Never die. Never grow old. It is that homage to Peter Pan and tagline but also the driving point behind the movie. You give immortality to a teenager and the world is their oyster where they can feed, kill, rob and steal. With no guidance and no authority, these vampires rule the streets of Santa Carla with threatening presence. The Lost Boys may be cheesy at times in the classic Schumacher way but it still gets under your skin. It made vampires cool and scary unlike the vampire films of today.
They are also ugly…