One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach; all the damn vampires.

The Lost Boys is one of those movies that I have carried with me from youth to my middle age. One of those movies that I have never forgotten and one of those movies that I will watch ever single chance that I can. This movie has everything. Kiefer Sutherland. The Corey’s. Weird comic books full of wisdom. And vampires. Yes, VAMPIRES!

Freshly divorced Lucy (Dianne Wiest) and her sons move to Santa Carla, California to live with her father. The brothers, Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim), immediately set off to find some fun (or trouble) in the new town. Sam stumbles upon the local comic book shop where he meets Edward and Alan Frog (Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander) and the vampire obsessed brothers quickly warn Sam that things are not as they seem in Santa Carla. Meanwhile, Michael is being lured by a girl named Star (Jami Gertz) and her strange 80’s dancing to a strange 80’s rock show featuring a band full of well-oiled bodybuilders. This eventually leads him to meeting a gang of classic 80’s bad boys on dirt bikes that just happen to live in a very creepy unground lair. I honestly have never seen a fall from grace happen so quickly in a movie! Within five minutes, Michael goes from being a normal kid to hanging with the bad boys of town, hooking up with a messed up chick and literally drinking blood from a bejeweled wine bottle that will dramatically change the course of his life. As Michael is trying to figure out what is happening to him, his brother Sam is learning all he can about vampires from the Frog brothers. Sam quickly figures out that his own brother is one of them and makes it his mission to save his brother before its too late.

This movie is just plain fantastic. Directed by Joel Schumacher, it does not lack in the visual arts aspect. It is beautiful and dark, lit only by sunlight coming through tiny cracks, bent shades or from the city lights at night. The soundtrack, even for the 80s, doesn’t suck. The blood and gore is perfectly done, just a little bit over the top to make you laugh but never enough you want to hide you eyes. While the acting can be somewhat iffy at times (especially from the campy Patric), the dialogue is pure gold, oozing with wit and comic timing and the story and is simply classic for the decade in which it was written.

There is something for everyone in The Lost Boys; blood and gore, the Corey’s, witty one liners, and a totally outrageous plot. I absolutely love this movie and just when you think it can’t get any better, those 80s mash-up montages start, complete with totally weird and dramatic music. It is just glorious. And you for sure don’t want to miss the epic final battle between vampires and vampire slayers. With non stop action and a fast pace story line, there is not a dull or slow minute in this movie. You will be on the edge of you seat the entire time. They definitely don’t make movies like this anymore.

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One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach; all the damn vampires.

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