Tuesday, October 26, 2010
The Lost Boys (1987, Joel Schumacher)
Ah, memories. I can still remember watching Lost Boys for the first time. I was sitting on my living room couch squeezed between my mother and two sisters watching an edited for television version of the film on prime time TV. It must have been sometime in the late 80s/early 90s. I don't remember much of the gore being cut out but I do remember the obvious overdubs when someone would swear. The most memorable part of the film was when the first vampire got a stake through the heart and he started pouring blood and slime all over the vampire hunters. The scene actually made me nauseous and I had to turn away from the TV. I probably watched the film at least 10 times as a kid and can still pop the film in pretty much anytime.
The Lost Boys follows the Emerson family, young Sam (Corey Haim), teenage Michael (Jason Patric) and divorced mom Lucy (Dianne Wiest), who move from Phoenix, AZ to Santa Carla, CA to live with Lucy's Dad (Barnard Hughes). Soon after arriving, Michael falls in love with Star (Jami Gertz) who is involved with a group of trouble making kids. After some tension, the "Lost Boys" accept Michael and get him to join their gang. What they didn't tell him though is that they are vampires and that now he was too. I hate it when that happens. It is up to Sam and his new found vampire hunter friends, the Frog brothers (Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander) to save Michael.
I'm going to go out on a limb and say that The Lost Boys is my favorite Vampire movie of all time. Yeah, there's Dracula and Romero's Martin, but for me The Lost Boys is where it's at. The film has it all: a classic story, great acting, humor, gore and scares. The locations used in the film, especially the boardwalk and the cave are perfect as is Joel Schumacher's lively, yet dark direction. I really can't find anything negative to say about the film (except maybe some of the hairstyles and Corey Haim's wardrobe). I definitely would have to say though that the best part of the film is the legendary Tim Cappello's boardwalk performance of I Still Believe.