Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Lost Boys Review

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Late in the 1980s there were a slew of vampire movies that came out. One of them featured younger stars, and had a cool soundtrack, that became iconic and even though it has some hilarious moments, it still stands tall amidst the “Twilight” movies. The Lost Boys is of course the film I’m talking about and it came out in 1987. Before Joel Schumacher ruined the “Batman” franchise, he was putting together passable horror movies in the late 1980s, and this is one that worth checking out after all this time. It stars Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, and of course Kiefer Sutherland.

The movie tries to make the iconic vampire lore look hip, or cool. It does so through the introduction of characters that are very much in the sub culture of the hardcore scene. They look more like punk rock metal heads than anything else, but that’s just my two cents on the costume design. The movie features a cast of characters that are exploring a new world. What starts like another edition of Jackass, turns into a vampire flick with one person drinking blood and joining the brood, and his friends trying to stop it.

Even though this was the 1980s equivalent of a teen movie, it had enough gusto to make it more. The horror elements are well placed, and feature some great set design, make up and transitional moments. It’s done with a romanticism that you would get with the Bram Stoker 90s remake, and definitely in “The Hunger”. The two Corey’s do a good duality thing, and the movie doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously, despite the fact that it probably should.

The sets aside, this is a fast paced vampire movie with a lot to offer. From a good soundtrack to decent acting, and a clever story, The Lost Boys is a classic. I probably won’t watch it millions of times, but gathering a group together and sipping fizzy drinks while watching this is light fair. It’s not going to win awards for best gore or anything, but it definitely scores points with me on many levels. Go back and check it out, and see why it ended up spawning several terrible sequels. Or don’t, I don’t mind. The Lost Boys gets my recommendation, although, don’t go too out of your way.

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