THE LATE LATE REVIEW: THE LOST BOYS

Before the Twilight saga, and after Dracula, The Lost Boys featured the biggest vampires on the silver screen. Before he turns to dust, Tom’s given the film a watch for the first time.

Release Date: July 1987

Awards: So I have learned that apparently “horror” movies don’t win awards. Either that or I’m watching the wrong ones.

Rating: 74% on the Tomatometer (with an 85% audience score), 7.3/10 on IMDb.

I felt like I couldn’t finish a series of horror movies without a trip to what is considered the golden age of cheesy horror movies – the ’80s.

We’re right back to Vampires for this one. A family (Jason Patric, Corey Haim and Dianne Wiest) moves to a small Californian town which just happens to be the haunt of David (Kiefer Sutherland) and his chums. These yobs harass local business owners like Max (Ed Herrmann) and cause chaos. Two teen brothers (Cory Feldman and Jamison Newlander) have dedicated their young lives to warning people about David and co, whilst trying to identify the head vampire, whose death would end the other vampires too.

This is literally the most ’80s cast ever. If there’s a popular ’80s movie, it seems like at least one of the cast made it into this film. It has to be said that it doesn’t seem to be stunt casting either, it genuinely is a well acted (for the most part) movie.

I feel like the ’80s is the most identifiable decade in pop culture, and I acknowledge that I need to stop reviewing things from the decade because it’s all I can talk about. The Hair! The outfits! The Lexicon! It’s so insanely distinctive and (thankfully) makes the movie a great deal less intimidating than I’m sure it was intended to be!

The effects are, mostly, excellent, especially when (and here’s your mild spoiler alert) one of the vampires gets killed. Others are a bit odd. The bits where people are being attacked by swooping vampires is bizarre. Yes, it probably would have been worse to see people swinging around attached to wires, but people screaming at something off camera while another camera swoops around was a bit much.

This was a bit more of a fresh take on the old vampire thing at the time, giving us young vampires and is a definite pre-cursor to the Twilight franchise (except without Kristen Stewart looking miserable the entire time). It is slightly odd however that a movie which seems to be so angled towards teens is a 15, and yes, I get that its just a rating and everyone ignores them anyway – and the movie makers probably weren’t thinking of the English rating system when they made it.

Speaking of the movie makers, I’d be a fool to not mention the direction of Joel Schumacher, the man responsible for the George Clooney era of Batman, and the alarming nipples on his suit.

It’s a great film, this. It’s a bit cheesy (did I mention it’s from the 80’s?) but it’s entertaining and a fun movie to watch. If you haven’t seen it, get on it. If you have, watch it again. You’ll love it.

Is there an iconic film or album you think I should have experienced by now? Let me know @MoveToTRASHUK #latelatereview

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