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The Lost Boys Film Review

Updated on February 10, 2012

Directed by Joel Schumacher

Written by Janice Fischer (story), James Jeremias (story)

Starring Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Dianne Wiest and Kiefer Sutherland

Released in 1987


A divorced mum and her two teenage sons move from Phoenix to the beach front town of Santa Carla with her father. Unbeknown to them they are moving to a town that harbours a violent secret. And quickly the family are at the centre of a life and death situation.


After getting divorced, Lucy (Diane West) decides to move from Phoenix to her father's place in Santa Carla. Taking her two sons, Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) they arrive in Santa Carla ready to start a new life, but first impressions of the town on the boys are not good. Lucy's father has a large rambling house and the discovery of his odd hobby as an amateur taxidermist, leads the boys to thinking he's not the full ticket!

Their first evening in the new town sends the boys in different directions, Michael locks eyes with an strikingly attractive young woman, and this leads to a meeting with a group of young men who challenge Michael to a motorcycle race, which he accepts. Michael is invited back to the group's retreat which is a cave that came about from an earthquake. Here Michael seems to suffer from sorts of illusion and after taking a drink from a mysterious looking bottle, he loses consciousness.

The younger Sam finds his attraction in the comic book store on the promenade. Run by The Frog Brothers, David lends them his expertise in comic books, meanwhile the brothers strangely give him a Vampire comic book as a gift.

When the morning comes round Michael, is not hungry, he is irritable and is in need of sunglasses inside, something isn't right. After discovering his brother is a "God damn shit sucking Vampire!". Sam decides he needs to enlist the services of The Frog Brothers to get his brother back, but to do this they will have to find the head vampire.

The boys come to the conclusion that the owner of the local video store, Max, is the head vampire and they decide to take him out when Sam's mother invites him to dinner. But all of their efforts come to naught, and they are sent back to square one on their hunt.

Directed by Joel Schumacher this truly is one of the classic 80's films that everyone has to see. Big music and even bigger hair, especially on the vampires is everywhere! The plot isn't deep and some of the acting is very dodgy, but's it's an incredibly enjoyable film. These are serious vampires, they take people out and they enjoy it! But along with this darkness there is also a massive dollop of comedy that makes it a very easy watch with a smirk around every blood stained neck! It also has to have many of the greatest one liners from any film of any era;

Some bad language in these

"If all the corpses round here where to stand up, we would have a hell of a population problem"

"Holy shit! It's the attack of Eddie Munster!"

"Death by stereo!"

"So who are you? The Flying Nun?"

"Only one thing about living in Santa Carla I could never stomach, all the damn Vampires"

Still and always will be one of my favourite anytime watchable films.




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    • Sami theshark profile image

      Sami theshark 5 years ago from Royal Berkshire, UK

      This is one of my all time favourite movies, although when I first watched it a friends sleepover aged 12 it was very scary!! Cool review :o)

    • rabbit75 profile image

      rabbit75 6 years ago

      A classic vampire of my absolute favorites. Great review!

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      gabrielthomas72 6 years ago from Shrewsbury, England

      Thanks for the comment :-)

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      gabrielthomas72 6 years ago from Shrewsbury, England

      As I mentioned, it's one you can just watch over and again, brilliant!

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      jessramblings 6 years ago from New Jersey

      THE LOST BOYS is one of my favorite films ever! Not just vampire flick, but awesome dark comedy. I'll never forget the first time I saw it. Awesome review!