Horror
The Lost Boys
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Dir: Joel Schumacher
Star: Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, Corey Feldman, Jami Gertz, Corey Haim
Cert / Year: 15 - R / 1987
Format: VIDEO
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After her divorce Lucy Emerson (Diane Wiest) and her two son's Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) move to the small town of Santa Carla to live with her father (Barnard Hughes). As the Sam and Michael have a walk round the local amusement park/fair they discover that this seemingly unexceptional little town has acquired the unofficial nickname of "murder capital of the world".

Whilst enjoying a concert at the park, Michael meets an attractive young woman called Star. (Jami Gertz) As things progress Michael discovers that star is part of a gang of bikers led by the strange local bad boy David (Kiefer Sutherland) and if Michael wants to see more of Star then he will have to pass an initiation with the gang. Sam meanwhile has discovered a local comic store run by the intense Edgar (Corey Feldman) and Alan (Jamison Newlander) or the "Frog Brothers" who are trying to get him to read horror comics, specifically Vampire orientated.

The boys' mother has also been making new friends and has secured a job in the local video store owned by the charismatic Max (Edward Herrmann). The more time they all spend in Santa Carla the stranger things appear and once Michael undergoes his initiation into David's gang of "Lost Boys" things get that much stranger.......

To begin with, this film is nothing to do with Peter Pan and his "Lost Boys" so don't expect to see Tinkerbell flying round throwing magic dust on people. This is has some more unpleasant flying creatures in it. The Lost Boys was a little ahead of it's time back in 1987 and this makes it one of the more enduring 80's horror movies. In a decade awash with "Brat-Pack" teenie fest movies, The Lost Boys was a hip horror movie that catered for the tastes at the time, from the "trendy" clothing to the superb rock soundtrack featuring INXS, Lou Gramm, Echo & The Bunnymen and saxophonist extraordinaire Tim Capello (He used to be Tina Turner's Sax player). The screenplay is by Jeffrey Boam who also wrote Innerspace and taken from the story by James Jeremias & Janice Fischer and is really, a clever twist upon the standardised vampire movie template. The cocktail of style that is this film just works so well, and remains an entertaining watch today.

Long before his terrible "day-glow" period, Joel Schumacher's direction is almost flawless and brings the film a captivatingly eerie atmosphere which makes the film enjoyable to watch again and again. The humour appears almost accidental at times but is still likely to raise a grin, especially any scene with the "Frog Brothers".

A good cast are a major factor in the longevity of this film and is quite possibly the best film to have both Corey Feldman and Corey Haim in prominent roles. Jason Patric although lacking in any acting talent is tolerable as Michael, most of the time but his inadequacies are highlighted by the rest of the cast's performances. Like his father Donald, Kiefer Sutherland seems remarkably adept at playing oddballs or deranged characters and he doesn't disappoint as the calculatingly psychotic David. Jami Gertz is quite frankly amazing as Star and is an alluring watch as she glides effortlessly around the screen. Barnard Hughes frequently adds some unique comic relief whilst holding a lot of the films sub-plots together, a very cool performance and he deservedly gets the last word of the movie.

Some great special make-up effects courtesy of Greg Cannom are a real bonus and although quite minimal by today's standards look no less impressive and chilling. Some impressive cinematography by Michael Chapman whose career has included highs such as Taxi Driver to lows such as Evolution, tantalises the viewer with some memorable photography.

By todays standards The Lost Boys is probably regarded more as a cult movie but it is one of the few 80's movies that stands the test of time and you can happily watch again and again. This is also one of Joel Schumacher's best movies and a fine example of his skill which is obviously way back when he could direct a film without using garish day-glow colours and his other quite bizarre eccentricities. The fact that the film has obviously dated somewhat combined with a small proportion of dialogue leaning toward the cheesy end of the scale, not to mention a pretty poor performance by Jason Patric are the only real flaws. Other than that, this is still a pretty cool film and worth a watch, even if it is for nostalgic reasons.

Taglines

Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die, it's fun to be a vampire

Rating: 3 out of 5

Reviewed by Logan Back Top Home