Release Date: July 31st, 1987.
Written by: Jan Fischer and James Jerimias.
Directed by: Joel Schumacher.
Starring: Corey Haim, Jason Patric, Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, and Jami Gertz.
From a personal standpoint, we'd love to say that The Lost Boys is the best vampire movie ever, because to us, it just might be. If we're being honest though, it's not THE best. Top 10, objectively, and depending on your taste in vamp flicks, but definitely not #1.
Regardless of ranking, The Lost Boys remains today one of the most stylish, enjoyable Horror flicks to come out of the 80's, and in fact, I'm listening to the soundtrack as I write these words, and not just because we decided to watch and review the movie; no, this soundtrack has been in my rotation since it first came out, because it rocks.
Talk about staying power...
|IT ACTUALLY FINDS THEM.|
Death by stereo ensues.
|ON THEIR OWN, JUST THE WAY THEY LIKE IT.|
This one is way more fun than it is scary (although the vampires, especially David, were ferocious at times), and it's plan to see that its tongue is planted firmly in its cheek, and maybe that's why it works so well; it's funny without trying to be, and it's intense without needing to be. The script is sharp and witty, and the direction by Joel Schumacher is perfect, but it's really the cast that makes this one so fantastic.
|WHO'S A GOOD BOY? NANOOK, THAT'S WHO.|
Speaking of duos, this was the first time that The Two Corey's (Haim and Feldman) starred in a movie together, and their chemistry was perfect from the get-go. It got no bigger than Corey Feldman as far as child stars in the 80's went, and Corey Haim was no slouch either, and this movie marked the beginning of their long-standing on-screen tandem and real-life friendship, which even lead to a reality show in 2007. Sam and The Frog Brothers make for a perfect vampire hunting team, and watching them riff off of each other in this one brilliant.
|THAT OUTFIT AND HAIRCUT THOUGH...|
|SAM, WHERE ARE YOUR HANDS?!?|
|"YOU'LL NEVER GROW OLD, MICHAEL, AND YOU'LL NEVER DIE... BUT YOU MUST FEED!"|
|JAMI GERTZ WAS 80's HOT, EVEN WITH THAT JACKET ON.|
Lost in the Shadows (The Lost Boys) by Lou Gramm is the standout track on an album filled with standout tracks, with its energetic, anthemic grandeur, but then again Cry Little Sister is a haunting ballad... and I Still Believe has energy to spare... We can't decide!
With the exception of the instrumental track at the end, every song on this soundtrack rocks, and makes a perfect compliment to the movie.
|YES TIM, WE STILL BELIEVE.|
The Special Features are varied and solid, with the commentary track by Joel Shumacher and the deleted scenes being our faves. It's also got Lou Gramm's Lost in the Shadows video, which is a really cool bonus.
Fans of The Lost Boys should be well-pleased with this disc, especially at its $9 price-point.
If you haven't seen The Lost Boys yet, which would be really odd, you should grab a copy of the Blu-ray, and kick back and enjoy the nostalgic 80's Horror feels that it offers.
The Lost Boys is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD.
Jami Gertz made our hearts skip a beat when we were kids, and she still looks fantastic decades later. Good for her.