The Lost Boys Explained In a Nutshell
A mother and her two sons move to a small coast town in California. The town is plagued by bikers and some mysterious deaths. The younger boy makes friends with two other boys who claim to be vampire hunters while the older boy is drawn into the gang of bikers by a beautiful girl. The older boy starts sleeping days and staying out all night while the younger boy starts getting into trouble because of his friends’ obsession.
Who is in it? Corey Feldman, Corey Haim, Dianne Wiest, Edward Herrmann, Kiefer Sutherland, Alex Winter
Genre: Horror – Comedy
Was it scary and funny? It’s not really scary or really hilarious.
Would this movie be for every horror fan? Yes
Should you see it? Yes
Run Time: 97 minutes
The Lost Boys is one of those scary movies I could watch when I was a kid. Not because It was kid friendly, but because it was on TV all the damn time. In fact I remember watching it on TBS’ Dinner and a Movie with Paul and Annabelle and also on TNT’s Monstervision with Joe Bob Briggs (my idol). After growing up I realize that I HATE watching horror movies in standard TV. They cut out so much stuff it’s insane! By this point in my life I’ve seen this movie more on TV than I have in it’s original format, and after watching it again for this review I was pleasantly surprised. I wouldn’t really say that The Lost Boys was a really great horror movie, but I would put it in the top 10 vampire flicks. For those of you vampire fans that have been living under a rock and haven’t seen this movie, you need to get with the program and buy this on Amazon.com… Go ahead I’ll wait. In fact there is a link at the bottom of this post.
Holy shit! It’s the attack of Eddie Munster!
We start out with a mom and her two boys moving from Phoenix, AZ to Santa Carla, CA. Apparently hanging out at the boardwalk is the only fun thing to do in town because a ton of the movie is focused there. Michael, the oldest son (and main character) finds a pretty girl that happens to be a gang leader’s woman and starts checking her out. Sam, the youngest son, finds some unlikely friends at a comic book store that also claim to be vampire hunters, and The mom finds work at a video tape store ran by Max, a nice guy that is definitely not the head vampire. For those of you under the age of 20 a Video Tape is what came before DVD’s. You had to adjust the tracking so that the picture wouldn’t be fuzzy, the VCR (what played video tapes) would regularly eat your good tapes, and you had to rewind after watching. It was a pretty amazing time.
This is just a cover. We’re dedicated to a higher purpose. We’re fighters for truth, justice, and the American way.
The two guys that run the comic store, known as the Frog brothers, are convinced that Max is the head vampire and sabotage his date with Sam and Michael’s mom. They dump a butt-load of garlic on his spaghetti, they dump water on him, and they hold a mirror in front of his face. He passed all tests which lets him off the hook. Meanwhile Michael has been running with the wrong crowed and has became a half vampire. He did so by drinking Kiefer Sutherland’s blood, in case you were wondering what the key to immortality was… that was it. Michael’s love interest ‘Star’ is also a half vampire and they will remain so until their first kill, after that and they’re totally in the club it would seem. Michael almost kills Sam one night and after seeing Michael’s reflection at 50% opacity in the mirror, pretty much lets Sam know whats up. The Frog brothers come and they storm the cave that Kiefer and his goons sleep in during the day and they stake a lesser vampire and run out.
You’re a vampire Michael! My own brother, a goddamn, shit-sucking vampire. You wait ’till mom finds out, buddy!
Kiefer and friends, come to Michael’s house to kick his ass but they find them ready for vampire slaying. The Frog boys have gotten a bunch of holy water, tons of garlic, and stakes and they plan to kick some blood sucker ass. Long story short Kiefer’s goons die, Kiefer gets impaled on the antlers of an animal trophy, and the house is totally wrecked. Michael and Star are still vampires, but how? They killed Kiefer Sutherland, right? Well yes, they did but he wasn’t the head vampire! Oh No… WHO COULD IT BE I wonder quietly to myself. Max arrives and spills the beans about him wanting the mom to be a mother figure to his vampire clan, blah blah blah. He passed all the tests because he was invited in to the property on the date which negates the normal vampire killing rules, blah blah blah. Grandpa comes crashing into his own house with huge sharpened wooden posts attached to his car, and they go flying into Max and stake the shit out of him. The End.
One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach, all the damn vampires.
Official Nutshell-Movies Explanation
The Lost Boys (1987): Teen becomes a half-vampire but is set free with help of local hunters when they kill the head vampire. Yay
- The title of the film is a reference to the companions of Peter Pan, who remained forever young.
- Both Corey Feldman, who plays Edgar Frog, and Barnard Hughes, who plays Grandpa, share the same birthday, July 16th.
- This movie invented the phrase “vamp out”, which has passed into common usage on”Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (1997).
- Keenan Wynn and John Carradine (a veteran of vampire films) were both original choices for Grandpa. Wynn died right before filming and Carradine was too ill.
- Kiefer Sutherland was only meant to wear the black gloves he wears as David when riding the motorbike. However, while messing around on the bike behind-the-scenes, he fell off, breaking his arm so he had to wear the gloves through the whole movie to cover his cast.
- Sam (Corey Haim) has a poster of Rob Lowe on the outside of his closet door. On the DVD commentary, Joel Schumacher says that it was there because had recently directed Lowe in St. Elmo’s Fire (1985).
- The names of the Frog brothers, Edgar and Alan, are a reference to Edgar Allan Poe, the well-known writer of horror fiction.
- Characters in the movie say the name ‘Michael’ approximately 118 times.
- Both of the two 1987 movies about a “family” of attractive vampires who lure a young man and make him into a half-vampire before he is eventually “cured” (Near Dark (1987)and The Lost Boys (1987)) feature a son of Jason Miller in their casts: Joshua John Miller is in Near Dark, and his half-brother Jason Patric is in The Lost Boys.
- This was Corey Haim and Corey Feldman’s first film together, which marked the start of a popular 80s trend “The Two Corey’s” in which Corey Feldman and Corey Haim starred together in a number of teenage films.
- ‘David’ (Kiefer Sutherland) is impaled on a pair of antlers and doesn’t disintegrate like the other vampires. Despite what Max later says, he is not really dead. This was intended to be picked up in the sequel, “The Lost Girls”, which was scripted but never made. In the Wildstorm comic’s mini-series “The Lost Boys: Reign of the Frogs” (2008) – which helps bridge the 20-year gap between films – it’s implied that ‘David’ not only survived the impaling but went on to create ‘Shane’ the head vampire in Lost Boys: The Tribe (2008)