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The Lost Boys

Joel Schumacher

There’s one thing about coming to #DCAcinema I never could stomach…all the damn vampires...

Fancy some grown-up guising? We’re offering some scarylicious snacks to guys and ghouls who get in the spirit of the season at our screening of The Lost Boys! Pop in your fangs, dead breath, or dress like a fully-fledged member of the blood-sucking Brady Bunch…

Some films are inextricably linked to the time in which they were made, and everything about The Lost Boys – the fashion, the Brat pack cast, the video store, the soundtrack, the hair – is unapologetically 1980s.

"Single-handedly repositioned vampires at the forefront of cool..." 

The film follows two brothers, Sam (Corey Haim) and Michael (Jason Patric), who move to the fictional seaside town of Santa Carla with their mother to stay with their eccentric grandfather. In a bid to impress beautiful local girl Star (Jami Gertz), Michael soon falls in with the wrong crowd, who, it turns out, aren’t just troublemakers, but bona fide creatures of darkness. The Lost Boys more or less single-handedly repositioned vampires at the forefront of cool – led by a smirking Kiefer Sutherland, these blood-suckers are hollering delinquents, eternally young and attractive, bedecked in leather and sporting dangling earrings, they terrorise the beaches and boardwalks from the seats of their roaring dirt bikes.

The Lost Boys was also the first film to feature the Two Coreys (the heartthrob double-act comprised of Coreys Feldman and Haim) together in the same cast and, despite their well-documented troubled personal lives, it is a perfect reminder of what gifted young comic performers they were.

Like Walter Hill’s The Warriors before it, this is a film which looks at the life of a teenager as a time of hormonally violent tribalism, where the young and hip own the night, and it throbs with a barely-concealed homoeroticism. Most importantly though, it is still as entertaining as it was 32 years ago, filled with punchy visuals, knowing one-liners and gory outbursts of violence, including a frenzied finale which escalates from one exuberant death scene to the next.