Growing up, I heard many references to The Lost Boys from my friends. I never had much of an interest in horror or vampire movies, but watched it anyway 20 years later out of curiosity. Judging by the movie’s theatrical poster shown above, I always assumed a more romanticized portrayal of the gang of vampires-but my assumptions were dreadfully wrong.
Sam and Michael (Corey Haim and Jason Patric, respectively) are two teenagers who move to Santa Carlita, CA with their mother (Dianne Wiestt) and begin to notice bizarre occurrences around the small town. Unbeknownst to them, a gang of biker vampires preys on the town’s popular boardwalk, sleeping through the day and raising a ruckus by night. Their leader David (Kiefer Sutherland) has little regard for humans and tricks Michael (Jason Patric) into drinking blood and thus turning him half-vampire. Sam befriends the Frog brothers (Corey Feldman and some other schmoe) who run a comic book shop, and they warn him about the potential danger of vampires around town.
As Sam discovers Michael might be a vampire, the brothers Frog inform him that if they can kill the lead vampire, his brother can be saved. A war with the vampires ensues and the boys stock up on garlic, holy water and wooden stakes in a silly and corny battle until the bitter end.
Although I never knew much about this film, I expected entirely something else than the totally cheesy and campy nature of the film which turns into one big vampire hunt by the end. The film feels extremely dated and while it probably appealed to the heavy metal youth of the late 80’s and early 90’s, it came across as downright lame to me, though I will recognize those nostalgic for the Guns n’ Roses glam of the era may find solace here. It is a Haim/Feldman film after all. 2 stars out of 5.