Since I was four years old when it came out in 1987, I had never seen “The Lost Boys” till now. It was directed by Joel Schumacher who would later direct “Batman Forever”, “Batman & Robin”, “Phantom of the Opera”, and John Grisham stories “A Time to Kill” and “The Client” among others. To say this man has had a varied career would be an understatement. This was one of his earliest directing projects and it has scores of 80s camp and vampire cliches freaky enough to make the Cullen vamps from “Twilight” shake in their boots and lose their sparkle. A mother and her two sons move to a beach vacation town with the country’s highest murder rate. One of the sons, Michael befriends a rowdy gang out of interest for a girl and his life will never be the same.
Michael, played by Jason Patric, is a moody teen upset with the move but like in all beach towns, he sees a pretty girl and is instantly smitten and ready to do anything to impress her. Anything including riding off into the night with her and a scary gang of guys who issue him dares and trick him into drinking wine laced with blood. His brother, Sam played by Corey Haim is suspicious of Michael’s new strange behaviors especially since he has been brought up to date on what this town is all about by the Frog brothers at the local comic book store played by Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander.
Surprise, surprise, they are a bunch of vampires with Kiefer Sutherland at the helm as David. Kiefer looks majorly young still fourteen years away from becoming Jack Bauer but the grittiness in his voice never changes just like his powers of intimidation. I think Michael should be thankful that he got off so easy because Kiefer could have just beheaded him Bauer-style from the beginning! Easily the best part of the film, Kiefer is ultra creepy especially when his voice just keeps whispering, “Michael….Michael….”
There are fun flying stunts and crazy vamp eyes. This movie goes old-school with vamps hanging upside down like bats. It has all the old school 80s spirit of kids taking matters into their own hands like “The Goonies” by trying to bring down the whole vampire clan in hopes of saving Michael and his new girlfriend, Star played by Jami Gertz.
I enjoyed feeling the classic flavor and the old school vampire vibe, but all together, I didn’t like it that much, it was just ok. I think this is one of those classics that gains power and popularity over time, especially if you were of the original generation that viewed it but I don’t have any plans to watch it again any time soon unless it’s Halloween.