Wednesday, July 25, 2018

(Review) The Lost Boys (1987) - Just In Time for Its 31st Anniversary!

The Lost Boys (1987) 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃

On July 31st, 1987, The Lost Boys was released in theaters. I was summoned to Earth that very year, and had only watched parts on television or clips on social media, so I was never able to fully watch the movie for some reason. Well, thanks to Netflix, that has changed. I watched The Lost Boys. And 31 years later, I'm a huge fan.

The Lost Boys is about two brothers, Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim), who move from Phoenix to Santa Clara with their mother Lucy (Dianne Wiest) after an ugly divorce. They settle in with their grandpa (Barnard Hughes) and soon discover that Santa Clara has something mysterious and evil hidden behind it's carefree living, carnival amusements, and concerts. And what might that be? Vampires!

First off, this is one of the very few 80s horror films that isn't melting and gooey with cheese. I mean, sure, the movie is, at times, a walking time capsule for 80s culture, but this doesn't ruin anything about the film and its story.

What I also love about The Lost Boys is the really cool horror and vampire atmosphere and feeling that it shows and gives off. This is a perfect movie for Halloween season or, really, any time of the year! The score is perfect, the 80s music is awesome, and the vampires are scary-looking.

What I was a wee disappointed with was the lack of screen time for "the Lost boys" in vampire form. We see them a lot as their normal, human selves, but it would have been much cooler to see them attacking more, and walking around with their vampire faces on. It totally makes sense that they change their features in attack mode, but there are a couple scenes where we don't actually see who is attacking these people on screen (a security guard and a girl who is laughing feverishly at a comic book).

Another thing: these vampires are probably, and will probably be the only, kick ass vampires ever. They are motorcycle-riding-80s-hairspray-hairstyle-rocking-leather-jacket-boardwalk-terrorizing-flying vampires. There ain't no sparkling here.

All actors did a great job in their rolls. I really liked the Grandpa because he was funny and he...just watch the movie. David (Keifer Sutherland) is the leader of the vampire gang, and I would have loved to see more of him because he played the role so well.

I also liked how the story had heart to it. There was the brother (Michael) not knowing what was going on with him, and Sam, although frieghtened, was still there for his brother and wanted to help. And of course there was the girl Michael just straight up stole from David, Star (Jami Gertz), who didn't want to succumb to the vampire life and wanted to help the missing-boy-turnt-vampire.

Corey Fieldman (Edgar Frog) is a vampire-cautious-comic-book-nerd that comes to Sam's aid with his brother Alan Frog (Jamison Newlander). These two brothers are funny and add to the comic relief. And don't forget, they kick vampire butt. And Corey Haim is really funny, too. He played the role extremely well.

The makeup and effects are very awesome. And it's not likely to say that about an 80s film.

So, every July 31st, watch this movie, make it a tradition. And be sure to watch it during Halloweentime because it is perfect for it.

P.s. if you really want to feel the 80s in this movie then watch when Tim Capello sings "I Still Believe" and blows the hell out of that saxophone.

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