Saturday, October 5, 2013

Movie Review: "The Lost Boys" (1987)

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Movie"The Lost Boys"
Director: Joel Schumacher
Year: 1987
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hour, 37 minutes
"Santa Carla Twilight" by Tiger Army, based off of the movie "The Lost Boys"

When Michael (Jason Patric), Sam (Corey Haim) and their mother Lucy (Dianne Wiest) move to Santa Carla, CA after Lucy's divorce from their father, the boys begin to notice there's something off about their new hometown. During a night on the beach, Michael becomes entranced by a lovely young gal named Star (Jami Gertz), who isn't all that she seems. Michael follows Star and meets who seems to be her boyfriend, David (Kiefer Sutherland), and his gang of motorcycle riding cronies. They antagonize Michael and convince him to follow them to their hideout, an old hotel that took a plunge into a fault line and ended up in the rocks. At the hideout, they dine on Chinese food and drink what appears to be wine. Meanwhile, Sam meets Edgar (Corey Feldman) and Alan Frog (Jamison Newlander), who work at the local comic book store. They direct Sam to some vampire comics, what they dub a "survival guide" for Santa Carla that could end up saving his life. He thinks the Frog brothers are insane, but it turns out they may be right. It turns out David and his group are actually a gang of vampires that are attempting to convert Michael into their fold. It's up to Sam and the Frog brother to expose the secret and find out who the head vampire is in order to save Michael.

This movie is a classic 80's horror vampire flick that we look forward to watching every Halloween. Despite the mullets, feathered quaffs, and shirtless saxophone players, it's still amazing and flawless. The way this movie uses humor to both debunk and enforce your typical vampire-isms is genius. So many movies involving vampires are serious, or bloody, or horrific, and while this movie does include blood and gore, the humor balances out the grossness.

Grandpa, played by Barnard Hughes, is one of the many great characters in this movie and has a ton of hilarious one-liners. This is the first in a series of films featuring both Corey Feldman and Corey Haim (RIP), and even though none of their other films really matched this one in terms of greatness, they were always fun to watch together. Kiefer Sutherland is hot and amazing and fabulous and brilliant in this movie as the leader of the vamp-motorcycle gang.

This movie is really one to add to your collection if you love horror, or vampires, or humor. It's at least worth watching once in your life.

My Rating: 9/10
BigJ's Rating: 9/10
IMDB's Rating: 7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 75%
Do we recommend this movie: ABSOLUTLEY YES!!!

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