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How many times have you seen The Lost Boys? Now, how many times have you seen it, in the dark, lying on a blanket, head on a pillow, on a big screen overlooking the nighttime landscape of Santa Cruz, the Pacific Ocean, and on a clear night the twinkling lights of the city of Monterey in the far off distance? Well? Seriously?
The Lost Boys is a right of passage for any Stevenson student at the University of California, Santa Cruz. On the last night of orientation week after students have sweated through move-in day, various departmental booths, the bookshop on its busiest day, and of course getting lost since UCSC is built into a massive forest the staff of Stevenson set up a huge movie screen, grab a projector, and invite students to the knoll for a night watching The Lost Boys overlooking the nighttime coastal sky***.
So, you will have to excuse me if The Lost Boys means a wee bit more to me than perhaps any other movie. However, thats not to say that The Lost Boys is a better movie in any regards (or less of one if it were one) but I wanted to put you into my mood whenever I think of this film. There some history between us.
The Lost Boys basically takes the legend of vampires and brings it down out of the adult arena and into the semi-innocent yet potentially corrupt years we call teenage-ism. This is done of course by casting a slew of young stars and filling the movie with parties, drinking, sex, and of course really loud rock music.
The story begins one night when Michael Emerson/Jason Patric drinks a pint of blood that turns him into a vampire. Hes led into the situation, by his sexual energy for Star/Jami Gertz who just so happened to be Davids/Kiefer Sutherland girl. Now, instead of beating Michael to a pulp for eyeing his girl, David decides to bring Michael into the group. A group of vampires who really dont seek out blood 24/7 (well, actually 12/7) but a group who likes to party a lot, fly around, and make various childish gestures and facial expressions, not because they are vampires but because they are young vampires.
Thrown into the mix is Sam Emerson/Corey Haim who soon enough like many movies made in the 80s finds ways to associate with Corey Feldman who plays Edgar Frog. The twist is, Sam is Michaels younger brother and although one may think that Sam wants to be like Mikey instead he spends much of the movie exclaiming several profanities and joins a hunt to kill vampires.
I recently read some trivia on The Lost Boys from IMDb.com which stated that the original idea for The Lost Boys was to be a older-vampire style Goonies tale. In other words, continue the adolescents seen in Goonies (yet have the characters speak like adults) theme but age it a tad and of course throw in a few sprinkles of vampire-ism. Which means, most of The Lost Boys is completely void of adult figures, wining and adult acts made by children, with plenty of camp dumped in. As for the real adults, Lucy Emerson/Dianne Wiest spends most of the movie complaining (like most Moms!) only to be quieted even more by a new love Max/Edward Herrmann. Grandpa/Barnard Hughes in the story, muddles most of his lines and when understood basically represents sexual activity at an old age.
So the core of The Lost Boys is to leave the children and teenagers alone not just in a city filled with vampires but alone in how to deal with them. So we get a bunch of wise-cracking statements surrounding a growth issue (being a vampire) which is of course meant to represent the many growth issues (drugs, alcohol, girls, guys, peer pressure) that many times go just as unnoticed.
But there is also trouble in paradise. Even though now a member of the vampire clan Michael and his attraction towards Star, find the two of them being outcasts from the group. Plus, the only way that Michael can be with Star, and not be a vampire is to kill the leader a man he does not know, has not meant, and will by the time the film begins to wrap things up.
Director Joel Schumacher for the most part just lets his actors and characters go wild in The Lost Boys. There is nothing in this movie that could clearly be labeled a Joel Schumacher thing, at least after you look forward and see some of his future films that include Batman & Robin and the recently pulled because of the sniper attacks, Phone Booth.
Perhaps introducing a JackSommersby portion into this review sadly, there isnt much sex or even nudity to be seen. There is a brief love scene, but it is over too soon and doesnt show much of anything. Jami Gertz is sexy, yet dont see much. Sorry Jack! Yet another movie where one has to use their imagination.
One thing The Lost Boys does have, is a killer soundtrack, even by todays standards. It is one of my favorite soundtracks, up there with soundtracks from Pulp Fiction and The Crow. The soundtrack includes the hit theme Cry Little Sister from Gerard McMann and People are Strange by Echo and the Bunnymen. As for the DVD, its really just a disc that includes the original trailer. Unfortunately no special edition exists.
Overall, The Lost Boys is a campy teenage vampire film with enough childish actions like Youre a vampire Michael, wait till Mom finds out! that the film gets better as it gets worse.
*** The Lost Boys was filmed in Santa Cruz, although the towns name is not used in the movie. Due to a serial killer in the 70s, Santa Cruz had an unfortunate negative label one that they wanted to avoid by having the city represented in a movie about vampires.
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