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dated, but classic
on 3 December 2003
Citing its influences as modern vampire literature, The Lost Boys is a 1980s update for the vampire movie genre, and probably remains the ultimate vampire teen movie: loud and fast, with a healthy dose of angst. "Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It's fun to be a vampire."
Michael [Jason Patric] and his brother Sam [Corey Haim] are forced to move Santa Carla with their mother, and swiftly learn that it well dserves its title as "Murder Capital Of The World". As Michael is taken in by a local gang of vampires, he needs his brother's help to prevent his full transformation. And the only way to save him is to take down the leader...
The film is a horror comedy with a good premise, but the execution is somewhat flawed. There are a number of excellent scenes, especially the vampire's-eye-view shots of attacks, littered throughout the film. The graceful swooping camera produces a very eerie effect. The railroad bridge sequence is an interesting portrayal of a night out for a vampire gang. The closing sequence degenerates somewhat into a parade of different methods of killing a vampire, although the garlic/holy water bathtub is impressive.
While Kiefer Sutherland's David remains charismatic throughout, Michael's interaction with both the humans and vampires of the film is strained and dull. In fact it is the dark humour that keeps the plot rolling, "You wait till Mom finds out!" screams Sam on discovering that his brother is a vampire. Standing out however are the Frog brothers, Edgar [Corey Feldman] and Alan, who run the comic book store and happen to be vampire hunters in their spare time. They are superbly characterised and brilliantly overplayed (and, of course, utterly inept). Barnard Hughes as the boys' grandfather is also engaging, despite his limited screen time.
It is intended as a fun film, as sequences like "death by stero" serve to ensure (the effect apparently took 2 weeks to produce, lasting only 10 seconds on film!), but the horror side is sadly lacking. It never develops much depth in the areas it wishes to address through Michael, as the character remains wooden and boring, especially next to Sam and the Frog brothers. It does, however, remain good fun.
DVD FEATURES: very lacking, including only the Theatrical Trailer, and a small set of text infomation snippets.