One of my all time favourite vampire movies growing up was The Lost Boys, directed by Joel Schumacher. I’ve watched it a lot, and had to make it part of my personal collection, both because it is a treasured part of my creepy childhood and because it’s still so very good, even by today’s standards. So here, in all it’s bloody 80’s glory, is why I love it.
The acting is great – this is a cast of amazing actors as we now all know, but at the time many of them were relatively new to the acting scene. We’ve got the star, Michael, played by Jason Patric, the somewhat moody but easily smitten lead, who falls for the the lovely and ethereal Star, played by Jami Gertz. Kiefer Sutherland is the resident bad boy and by all accounts looks like Stars mildly (well…OK maybe more than mildly) psychotic beau. He’s followed by an entourage of gypsy like 80’s clad henchmen who include Alex Winter (aka Bill of Bill and Ted’s excellent adventure).
For comedic relief they have Micheal’s little brother, Sam (Corey Haim) who runs into the Frog brothers, Edgar (Corey Feldman) and Allan (Jamison Newlander), two comic book store employees by day and ferocious pint sized vampire hunters by night. This would be the first movie that put the Corey’s together, and the wee 80’s heartthrob sensations (also, interestingly enough, veteran actors compared to some of the other young adults) would show enough chemistry to eventually do many more movies together. Add in seasoned actors Dianne Wiest as mom, Bernard Hughes as Grampa and Edward Herrmann as Mom’s new love interest and you really have a dream cast for this lovely nightmare.
A bit of it’s own character in this movie is the soundtrack, which is pretty full of 80’s goodness including INXS, Lou Gramms “Lost in the Shadows (The Lost Boys)”, Gerard McManns “Cry Little Sister (Theme from the Lost Boys)” and Echo & the Bunnymen’s cover of “People are Strange” which cemented itself as one of my favourite songs, (probably in large part due to this movie). Tim Cappello, the well oiled saxophonist, has a cameo playing the concert where Micheal and Star first notice each other.
Although the movie is in the horror genre, one of the things I love about it are all the small artistic details throughout. Just watching the credits above (perfectly paired with “people are strange”) shows you how the rest of the movie will follow, and sets the tone straight off. From a personal perspective, when I went to my first punk show in my youth, and was surrounded by people with tattoo’s, mohawks, various hair dyes and other fashion weirdness, it was a bit like walking this fairground. And although I probably didn’t fit the part visually, I didn’t feel like an outsider. I felt a bit like this was home; I had finally found my people. I wonder if multiple watchings of this movie paved that path, or maybe I just was weird…either way, now that I’m starting to draw more, watching this first little bit (and really the whole movie) makes me want to draw oodles of these scenes.
The plot itself is a bit twisted teen love story/teen in a new town, filled with creepy goings on (plus a room in the house they are living in is completely dedicated to taxidermy). It then dips into danger (crazy motorcycle races and other extreme sports), before flowing into the big reveal of gory horror, balanced throughout with a generous handful of comedy.
The movie has gone on to have a cult following and I think is important to the evolution of this genre. I’m not sure where future vamp flicks might be without this dark, funny, edgy, artsy, goodness floating in the back of the collective horror lovers consciousness (or maybe just mine, but I’m so glad it is there). Even though we may be also talking about a slightly campy teen horror movie, it is extremely watchable and entertaining, and with it’s punk rock roots, will always have a place in my
viens heart. Here’s the trailer:
And where am I for the challenge? On track!
- Blog post 4/52 – check
- Writing in the screenplay – check – word count up another 1967 this week and turned a corner on some plot points
- Drawing – check
- Feet writing & drawing – check.
Until next time…