The Lost Boys

July 31st, 1987


The Lost Boys

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After moving to a new town, two brothers are convinced that the area is frequented by vampires.

Release Year: 1987

Rating: 7.0/10 (46,639 voted)

Critic's Score: 63/100

Director: Joel Schumacher

Stars: Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Dianne Wiest

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.

Writers: Janice Fischer, James Jeremias

Jason Patric - Michael
Corey Haim - Sam
Dianne Wiest - Lucy
Barnard Hughes - Grandpa
Edward Herrmann - Max (as Ed Herrmann)
Kiefer Sutherland - David
Jami Gertz - Star
Corey Feldman - Edgar Frog
Jamison Newlander - Alan Frog
Brooke McCarter - Paul
Billy Wirth - Dwayne
Alex Winter - Marko (as Alexander Winter)
Chance Michael Corbitt - Laddie
Alexander Bacon Chapman - Greg
Nori Morgan - Shelly

Taglines: Being wild is in their Blood.

Release Date: 31 July 1987

Filming Locations: Mobile, Alabama, USA

Opening Weekend: $5,200,000 (USA) (2 August 1987) (1027 Screens)

Gross: $32,222,567 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

In the opening sequence there is a random crowd shot that includes an older man in the distance with thick glasses wearing a Gothic looking hooded black robe. While his appearance is in line with the "spooky" factor of the film, he is in fact a semi-nomadic Christian.

Revealing mistakes: As the wife of the Board Walk security guard posts her missing persons poster, another poster is visible which advertises an event at the Santa Cruz County Fair Grounds. For the film, Santa Cruz was renamed Santa Carla to avoid associations with the city and the film's gang-related themes.

Grandpa: Ouch, my hair!

User Review

Schumacher mocks the shoes off vampires!

Rating: 10/10

Without a doubt, among the most brilliant of vampire movies ever made, in the modern film era. Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland are destined to blow away all audiences of this visual masterpiece. However, the twist at the end, which I plan not to give away, was made slightly obvious, though well hidden at the same time. Joel Schumacher does a splendid job directing this true work of art. The frog brothers did a great job of adding humor to this otherwise, mainly serious film, without spoiling the suspense. That made the film far more enjoyable to people with interests in multiple genres. Jami Gertz looks absolutely attractive in her role as Star. However, the show is undoubtedly stolen by Kiefer Sutherland, in the role of David, the rebellious, dangerous, rude and rambunctious, teenaged vampire, who seduces Michael (Jason Patric) into joining his gang of vampires. The story is of a woman (Dianne Wiest), and her two sons, Sam (Corey Haim) and Michael (Patric), who move to a small Californian town, called Santa Carla, often referred to as the murder capital of the world, to live with her father after getting divorced. Little to their knowledge, the town happens to be inhabited by a motorcycle gang of Jim Morrison obsessed, teenage vampires. While the mother begins to fall in love with her boss from the video store, where she has been employed, Sam spends his time reading vampire comics, which were given to him by two brothers (Corey Feldman, Jamison Newlander), who claim the town is infested by vampires. He does not believe them, but grows to almost immediately, upon realizing that his brother, Michael, has been seduced by the beautiful half-vampiress, Star (Gertz), and joins the gang, led by David (Sutherland). He realizes that neither Star nor Michael are true vampire until they make their first kill, and they will not become normal again until the head vampire is killed. So, he calls up the brothers Frog, and gets them to come in and help him solve the job, though he is scared that he might have to kill his brother. Overall, a cinematic masterpiece. The directing, acting, writing, camera work, special effects, stunts and, of course, the epic cinematography work with the astounding score to bring together one of the most loved films of all time. The story is in fact an allegory to that of the lost boys of Neverland, from Peter Pan. A contemporary, without the temporary, classic.


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