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The Lost Boys

Updated on October 16, 2013

It's fun to be a vampire.

One of the cult classic films of the 1980s, The Lost Boys took vampires to a new level in cinema history and paved the way for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and countless others. With an all-star cast including Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim, and Jason Patric.

Welcome to Santa Carla!

Murder Capital of the World

After their parents' divorce, Sam and Michael Emerson find themselves moving from trendy Phoenix to coastal tourist town Santa Carla. Along with their mother they move into their eccentric grandfather's house. Granpa not only loves double-stuffed Oreos but also taxidermies animals for fun.

While hanging out at the local boardwalk, Michael falls for a mysterious girl. While his younger brother Sam makes friends with the comic book sellers cum crime fighting local teens the Frog Brothers, Michael falls in with The Lost Boys. A bunch of local punks with souped up bikes, there's something wild and dangerous about the four teens. As Michael becomes one of the Boys, the ramifications of his involvement becomes crystal clear...

Now that Michael knows what the Lost Boys are, he, his brother Sam and the Frog Brothers set out to stop them in an no-holds barred fight!

Trailer for The Lost Boys - Sleep all day, party all night. It's fun to be a vampire.

About the Film

Released July 31st, 1987, The Lost Boys took in over $30 million at the box office, a good take for an R-rated film during the summer months. It also went on to be one of the best-selling VHS releases for Warner Home Video during the 1990s.

The film has attained a "cult-classic" status, paving the way the likes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Blade, and Underworld just to name a few. The use of makeup and contact lenses for the vampires' transformations went on to influence countless other new vampires in television and film.

Twenty years after its release, a 2-disc Special Edition DVD was released, which included deleted scenes, trivia, and interviews with the cast and crew. The movie has gone on to spawn at least one sequel, the upcoming Lost Boys: The Tribe, as well as a 4-part comic book miniseries The Lost Boys: Reign of Frogs.

Own the Boys! - On DVD, VHS, and CD

The Lost Boys (Two-Disc Special Edition)
The Lost Boys (Two-Disc Special Edition)

After 20 years, The Lost Boys still remains a huge cult classic. This 2-Disc DVD includes deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with the cast, and other extras. A must-own!

The Lost Boys: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
The Lost Boys: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

The fantastic soundtrack to the movie includes Cry Little Sister, the theme song from The Lost Boys as well as Echo & the Bunnymen's cover of the Doors' People Are Strange.

Lost Boys, The (BD) [Blu-ray]
Lost Boys, The (BD) [Blu-ray]

The Blu-ray edition includes everything on the 2-disc SE set.


Meet Michael Emerson

Played by Jason Patric

Michael Emerson has just moved to Santa Carla with his mom and brother. Forced to leave behind all his friends, he spies Star on the Boardwalk one night. Instantly smitten, he finds out there's more to this mysterious girl who hangs around with the Lost Boys.

Immediately accepted into the gang, strange things start happening to Michael. When David and the Lost Boys finally reveal their true nature, a plea from Star spurs Michael into action! With help from his brother Sam and the Frog Brothers, they set out to put at stop to the Lost Boys!

Meet Sam Emerson

Played by Corey Haim

An all-American mall rat who worships the Brat Pack, comic books and MTV, Sam Emerson can't believe his mom made him and his brother move to the tiny town of Santa Carla. His grandfather doesn't even own a TV!

Fortunately, Sam befriends Edgar and Alan Frog. And when his brother needs him, Sam and his friends help Michael to stop the Lost Boys.

Meet Lucy & Grandpa

Dianne Wiest & Barnard Hughes

Lucy Emerson has just divorced her husband and moved her two sons to her father's house in Santa Carla. An ex-hippie, Lucy has settled into being a down-to-earth mom.

Flat broke, she accepts a job (and a date) from Max, the owner of a local video store. But things at home fall apart as Michael starts staying up all night and Sam makes some outrageous claims about Max.

Grandpa, Lucy's dad, lives outside Santa Carla in a huge cabin. A taxidermist by trade, he practices Indian walking, playing dead, and dates the Widow Johnson. He loves double stuft Oreos and root beer. Instead of watching TV, he reads the TV Guide. And the one thing he can't stomach about living in Santa Carla is "all the damn vampires!"

Lost In the Shadows (The Lost Boys) - Music Video

Meet David

Played by Kiefer Sutherland

David. In his over-sized black trench coat with a smirk on his lips, he's the leader of the Lost Boys.

David and his gang rule the Santa Carla Boardwalk. Young and sexy, they are terrorizing locals and tourists alike. When Star falls for Michael Emerson, David welcomes Michael into the gang.

But there's a secret David and his gang are hiding. When Sam and the Frog Brothers make the first strike, David and the Lost Boys have no choice but to retaliate!

Meet the Lost Boys

Paul, Dwayne, Marko, Star, & Laddie

Young, sexy, hip. These are the Lost Boys, the local vampire gang who rules the nights of Santa Carla.

Lead by David, the Boys help keep the unwanted title of 'Murder Capital of the World' in the forefront of locals' minds. Paul, Dwayne, and Marko spend the nights prowling the Boardwalk amusement park, hanging out and picking fights with local gang the Surf Nazis.

Having taken in Star and Laddie, both half-vampires, the Boys are always looking for a good time. But you just might end up dead!

Played by: Brooke McCarter (Paul), Billy Wirth (Dwayne), Alexander Winter (Marko), Jami Gertz (Star) & Chance Michael Corbitt (Laddie)

Meet The Frogs Brothers

Corey Feldman & Jamison Newlander

Edgar and Alan Frog aren't your typical teenagers. Working for the parents in the comic book shop on the Boardwalk is just their cover.

The Frog Brothers fight for truth, justice, and the American way. They are vampire hunters and have long suspected that Santa Carla is full of the undead!

Befriended by Sam Emerson, the Frog Brothers take on the ultimate task of finding and destroying the head vampire that's terrorizing Santa Carla!

Meet Max

Played by Edward Herrmann

Max owns the local video store near the Boardwalk in Santa Carla. When he runs into Lucy he offers her a job, as well as a dinner date!

There seems to more than meets the eye when it comes to Max. He never comes in until it's dark, his dog Thorn attacks Lucy, and he's banned The Lost Boys from coming in his video store.

When their first two dates end badly, Max invites Lucy to dinner at his house. When she tells him something Sam told her, the couple race to Grandpa's house and find the aftermath of a fight between Lucy's sons, the Frog Brothers, and the Lost Boys.

Max apologizes for his boys' misbehavior. But really, Max just wants Lucy. He certainly hasn't changed his mind about that!

Cry Little Sister!

The Soundtrack

1. Good Times by INXS and Jimmy Barnes

2. Lost in the Shadows (The Lost Boys) by Lou Gramm

3. Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me by Roger Daltrey

4. Laying Down the Law by INXS and Jimmy Barnes

5. People are Strange by Echo & The Bunnymen

6. Cry Little Sister (Theme from The Lost Boys) by Gerard McMann

7. Power Play by Eddie & the Tide

8. I Still Believe by Tim Cappello

9. Beauty Has Her Way by Mummy Calls

10. To the Shock of Miss Louise by Thomas Newman

The soundtrack clocks in at 41:14 and was released July 31st, 1987 by Atlantic Records. Originally available on LP vinyl and cassette, October 25, 1990 saw the soundtrack released on CD. It has remained in print since its release, becoming one of the most popular soundtracks in motion picture history.

A "complete" soundtrack has surfaced on the internet, including unreleased and unused music scores by Thomas Newman, as well as songs used in the movie but not on the original recording.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I was a baby when this movie came out and I grew up watching it, it is a great vampire flick. Great lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great movie! A classic of the genre.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love this movie, but I have a vague memory of a scene that seemingly doesn't exist ...I remember a scene where Sam and Michael actually do find a tv. Does anyone else remember this or am I free-basing(inquiring minds wanna know haha)

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      PaulRyan 5 years ago

      It's a trip down memory lane... great film and an interesting lens, mate.

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      WhiteOak50 6 years ago

      Just letting you know that I have featured this page on my new Kindred the Embrace

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      If any fans are interested, I'm a filmmaker and I own the overcoat that Kiefer wore in the movie, and I'm currently (as on May 16), selling it on eBay. Please spread the word!

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      Sami4u LM 6 years ago


      A sprinkling of Angel Dust for Christmas :)

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      Craftyville 6 years ago

      I actually just finished watching this movie for the first time ever, I can't believe I didn't see it in the 80s.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      While this is a general explanation you as well as all the people that commented have failed to see the major hidden plot of the movie.....As I've searched all over the internet I realize 98% of fans don't realize it either...The grandfather is a vampire...Instead of killing people he feeds off animals, hence the taxidermy trade...He keeps the animal blood in the root beer bottles in the fridge, which is why he tells everyone not to touch them. This is also why he knows about vampires in santa carla and why he sneers when max enters the house. Also why he reacts so deeply to michael joking about him stuffing the widows husband. Also why he never likes to go near the town. The next time you watch the movie watch closely at the end after he kills max with the giant steaks on the truck, pay close attention to the way he drinks the bottle of "root beer"......This is something that all fans need to know :)

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      Linda Jo Martin 6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I saw this film years ago - in the 80s - the day before we were scheduled to go to Santa Cruz, where it was filmed. I'd been to Santa Cruz many times, but this time I recognized places from the movie... it was kind of fun...

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      greenerme 7 years ago

      I've seen parts of this movie, but I've never seen it in its entirety. Thanks for reminding me! Great work on this lens.

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      Paul 7 years ago from Montreal

      This was a great movie, Corey Feldman was badass in it!

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      BW Duerr 7 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      I loved this movie the first time I saw it. It's still a favorite. Lensrolled to my Lost Boys 80s Music lens and 4 Twilight lenses, too. :D Thanks for sharing.

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      alberttwolf 7 years ago

      I think, I really gotta see this movie. Lately, for some reason I have come across this movie on Internet again and again. Coincidence? I don't think so *insert evil grin here*.

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      anonymous 8 years ago


      hahahaaha Marko is so Sexy and My friend says Pauls Is Sexy too

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      BunnyBoiler 8 years ago

      A cult classic for sure...was hands down my favorite vamp movie...until...30 days of night...

      Nice lens, long live Santa Carla

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      freddi 8 years ago

      IThis has got to be my favorite horror movie! I absolutely love it. It was the perfect combination of creepy yet fun. And who doesn't like looking at such gorgeous vampires? Great lens!

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      OldGrampa 8 years ago

      Great movie, definitely a classic and one of those that can be watched more than once. You did a great job at presenting it in your lens.

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      Moe Wood 9 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I still love this movie. I think it still holds up today. This is a wonderful lens. I like the mini character profiles you included. I've featured it on MY favorite movies lens.

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      Mortira 9 years ago

      This is a great lens, I really enjoyed reading it. 'Lost Boys' has always been a favorite vampire flick! Thanks for all of the great info.

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      Robin S 9 years ago from USA

      Nice work on this lens about one of my favorite movies! Thanks for adding it to the Gothic Temtations group!