MOVIE REVIEW: “The Lost Boys” stars Jason Patric (Sleepers, The Losers), Corey Haim (License to Drive, Lucas), Dianne Wiest (The Birdcage, Hannah and Her Sisters), Kiefer Sutherland (24 [TV series], Pompeii), Jamie Gertz (Twister, Still Standing [TV series]), Barnard Hughes (TRON, Doc Hollywood), Edward Herrmann (Overboard, Annie ), Corey Feldman (Stand by Me, The Goonies), Jamison Newlander (The Blob , Bone Tomahawk), Brooke McCarter (The Uh-Oh Show, Wired), Billy Wirth (Body Snatchers, Kismet), Alex Winter (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Haunted Summer), and Chance Michael Corbitt (The Rocketeer, Major Dad [TV series]). It is directed by Joel Schumacher (The Phantom of the Opera , Batman & Robin) and written by Jan Fischer (The Golden Girls [TV series], Tough Cookies [TV series]), James Jeremias, and Jeffrey Boam (The Deadzone, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade). After moving to Santa Carla, known as the “murder captiol of the world,” Michael (Patric) gets entangled with a group of vampire thugs who try to pull him into the dark side, while his brother Sam (Haim) seeks to destroy them.
Before “Twilight,” there was “The Lost Boys.” Well… I guess that’s not the greatest analogy. While vampires are made out to be the bad boys in this film, they certainly don’t glow in sunlight. Let me rewind this…
Every iconic eighties flick list includes Joel Schumacher’s “The Lost Boys,” a teenage thriller with enough monsters, leather, and pop to make anyone’s spine tingle. Did you see “The Goonies”? Think about plopping those kids in a situation where they are hunting vampires instead of treasure. At least, that’s the vibe I got (and Corey Feldman is in this). It’s a fun adventure with rockin’ music and humorous moments, all of which culminate to a riveting battle between good and evil, kids versus vamps.
I’m not a big vampire guy. I haven’t seen “Twilight,” nor have I felt compelled to the monster-led genre. But I gotta say… “The Lost Boys” was a delight. The pacing works, the jokes land, and quite a bit of the effects hold up. Sure, you’ve got your wonky green screen shots, but Schumacher made the conscious decision to keep everything as practical as possible, which really helped in the aging of the film. That, coupled with the cool atmosphere and characters, and you’ve got yourself an unforgettable adventure.
The performances in this were solid, with standouts being Jason Patric (his role of Michael looked a lot like Billy from “Stranger Things”), Corey Haim, Dianne Wiest, and Kiefer Sutherland. It was great to especially see Sutherland in a role besides his iconic Jack Bauer in “24” (though I’d still say his part as Bauer far outweighs David in “Lost Boys”). Yeah, I haven’t seen him in anything else, and that’s my fault; the guy’s a good actor. Everyone made the movie a fun experience and leaned into the craziness of this story well.
To top it all off, it’s an eighties movie that you can watch as an adult for the first time and enjoy it for reasons other than nostalgia. Let’s face it people, while the eighties have produced some iconic cinema, some of the classics can be really cheesy. As for the “The Lost Boys,” I’d say it still stands up in the modern age of film. Obviously, it does have its silly moments (the amount of blood that was shed by one vampire towards the end was downright ludicrous), but it’s balanced out well against the entertaining fight sequences and fun world that’s to be explored with these characters. It ultimately knows what it is and plays into itself strongly. Schumacher and his team did a solid job, crafting a story that holds up to its status. If you have yet to see it, I recommend you do. Especially if you enjoy the young teen adventure flicks. FINAL SCORE: 86%= Juicy Popcorn
Here is the trailer: