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"One of the best thrillers of our time...rocks as well as it rolls... Clint Morris, MovieHole
|Sam and his older brother Michael are all-American teens with all-American interests. But after they move with their mother to peaceful Santa Carla, California, things mysteriously begin to change. Michael's not himself lately. And mom's not going to like what he's turning into.|
The Lost Boys reshapes vampire tradition, deftly mixing heart-pounding terror, rib-tickling laughs and a body-gyrating rock soundtrack. As directed by Joel Schumacher, a marvelous cast - Jason Patric, Jami Gertz, Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim, Dianne Wiest, Barnard Hughes and Edward Herrmann - stakes you to gleefully ghoulish entertainment.
"...a cult classic...a solid technical treatment of a movie about teenage vampires getting melted, exploded and impaled... David Johnson, DVD Verdict
"A hip, comic twist on classic vampire stories. Caryn James, The New York Times
"...remains a supremely watchable example of something the '80s did right. Empire
"Gothic style, humor and sexy stars -- a cult classic. James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"...a horror movie that's funny without making fun of itself and scary without trying to make you sick. Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Part horror, part comedy, The Lost Boys is a vampire thriller that brings some interesting twists to the genre... TV Guide
One of the better vampire films about two new-in-town brothers who discover a local gang of motorcycle youths are more undead than alive. Younger brother Sam (Corey Haim) works hard to eradicate the ghoulies but his older brother (Jason Patric) falls in love with the bunch's lone female (Jami Gertz). Soon, he finds that he's gradually becoming a vampire himself. An interesting candy-coated meditation on teen conformity with a great rock soundtrack.
Cast & Crew
When newly-divorced Lucy moves her sons to her father's house in Santa Clara, California -- "the murder capital of the world" -- her teenage son, Michael, quickly falls in with the town's bad kids: a bike-riding, Jim Morrison-worshipping gang of blood-sucking vampires. Her younger son Sam and his buddies, the Frog brothers, are the only ones who recognize the signs of vampirism in Michael, and they plot to battle the legions of the night before they take over the entire town.
New York Times
"...Haim is enormously appealing....Timely, sardonic and shrewd..."
"...[Haim and Feldman] teamed up -- hilariously..." -- Rating: B
"[The film] has dark ambitions...[with] blood-red lighting hues from RAGING BULL cinematographer Michael Chapman."
Chicago Sun-Times 7 of 10
"The Lost Boys" in this movie are vampires, teenage vampires, and of course there is a lost girl, too, but why mention her? They hang from the ceiling of their lair, in the ruins of an old hotel, and at night they go out to cruise the boardwalk of Santa Cruz, Mass Murder Capital of the World. When a new kid moves to town, the lost boys look threatening but the lost girl looks just great...If you really stop to think about it, a bunch of vampire teenagers would be a terrible shame, a tragedy, a heartbreaking loss of innocence for them, let alone their victims. Am I silly to take them seriously? Maybe so. The movie doesn't. It lacks the sense of dread that creeps out from the pages of a novel such as Anne Rice's Interviews with the Vampire and substitutes the same old cornball, predictable action climax with everybody chasing everybody around with lots of screams and special-effects gore. Sometimes I think modern advances in special-effects technology can be directly blamed for the collapse of original screenwriting...There's some good stuff in the movie, including a cast that's good right down the line and a willingness to have some fun with teenage culture in the Mass Murder Capital. But when everything is all over, there's nothing to leave the theater with - no real horrors, no real dread, no real imagination - just technique at the service of formula.
- Roger Ebert
The Onion A.V. Club 10 of 10
Corey Haim plus Corey Feldman plus Joel Schumacher doesn't seem like a foolproof formula for a good movie, but when the three oft-maligned figures united for 1987's horror-comedy The Lost Boys, the result was briskly entertaining. Where Michael Mann's Miami Vice famously introduced '80s-style MTV cops, Schumacher and company introduced MTV vampires: leather-jacket-wearing, hairspray-abusing bloodsuckers who look like they just stepped out of an INXS video, and are ready to resume their role as the most Byronic figures at the mall...Schumacher, cinematographer Michael Chapman (Raging Bull, Taxi Driver), and production designer/future Tim Burton collaborator Bo Welch unite to give the film a sleek, pop-gothic look that makes smart use of filters and minimal lighting. Drawing on a cleverly constructed, well-paced script immersed in vampire lore, the cast members who aren't named Corey all deliver memorable performances, especially Wiest as the boys' sweet and vulnerable mother, the great Edward Herrmann as her video-store-owning suitor, and Barnard Hughes, who gets to deliver one of the decade's best concluding lines...[The Lost Boys] illustrates why, when blended this smoothly, comedy and horror prove as winning a combination as, well, Corey Haim and Corey Feldman.
- Nathan Rabin