Roll over, Dracula. The vampires of modern times are hip, sexy and laugh in the face of garlic. The Lost Boys was one of the first movies to present the creatures of the night in this new, comic-book style, and it does so remarkably well. The story centers around two teenagers, Sam and Michael, who move with their single mother to Santa Cruz to live with their grandfather. As they slowly try to integrate into the community, Michael stumbles across gorgeous Star, who just happens to be the girlfriend of the leader of a teen motorcycle gang who don't really seem alive...The movie succeeds as a story of teenagers' desire to fit in and gain acceptance, and also as a well-crafted mystery, as the vampires do not reveal themselves as such until almost the very end. This movie also succeeds as comedy, with some classic one-liners: "My own brother a blood-sucking vampire! Wait till Mom finds out!" For a horror movie there is almost no horror until the very end, where there are some nasty shocks but the tone is so campy and wierd that people are likely to say "cool" instead of "gross". All in all a superior vampire movie that turns a lot of cliches on their heads, has a smart script, great actors (Kiefer Sutherland is just fantastic as the head vampire, oozing superiority and sinister coolness) and atmospheric direction from Joel Schumacher which makes one wonder how he could go from such good filmmaking in "The Lost Boys" to the unrelenting crap of "Batman and Robin". See it if you like a good vampire tale without the baroque, victorian trappings of Bram Stoker's overdone classic. It's as good as it gets.