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Sika’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time! No. 100: The Lost Boys (1987)

June 8, 2011

100.  The Lost Boys [DVD] (1987)

Plot: Recent divorcee Lucy (Dianne Wiest) and her teenage sons Mike (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) move in with her father (Barnard Hughes) in the California town of Santa Carla.

At first, Sam laughs off rumors he hears about vampires who inhabit the small town.

But after Mike meets a beautiful girl at the local amusement park, he begins to exhibit the classic signs of vampirism. Fearing for his own safety, Sam recruits the Frog Brothers (Corey Haim and Jamison Newlander), two young vampire hunters.

Also Starring: Kiefer Sutherland, Jami Gertz, Edward Herrman and Alex Winter.
Directed by: Joel Schumacher.
Length: 97 minutes.
Budget: $8.5 million / Gross Revenue: $32,2 million

Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It’s fun to be a vampire. (The Lost Boys poster tagline)

Review: Kids, listen up. Back in the eighties they made a bunch of great vampire movies; The Monster Squad, Fright Night and Near Dark. I have so many fond memories; like when Nicolas Cage ate roaches in Vampire’s Kiss.

And before Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner ruined vampire movies forever the greatest of them all was The Lost Boys.

For me the greatness of this movie lies within the symmetry between all the key ingredients; the cast, the director, the script, the characters, the humor, creepy vampires, a beautiful leading lady (Jami Gertz) and an amazing soundtrack.

The movie was made back when saxophones was still allowed in songs. I think they are illegal today, but Cry Little Sister by Gerard McMahon is one of my all time favorite songs from a movie.

Sam Emerson: What’s that smell?
Edgar Frog: Vampires, my friend, vampires.

Executive producer Richard Donner who just completed The Goonies, originally intended to direct the movie himself, but when production was delayed, he moved onto Lethal Weapon and hired Joel Schumacher instead.

The movie launched the career of Kiefer Sutherland and started the team up of The Two Coreys, Feldman and Haim who collaborated on projects until Corey Haim died in 2010.

If you haven’t seen it, do. If you have, watch it again. It’s a timeless movie classic who hasn’t aged a bit.

Except for the hair and the clothes. Oh, and the saxophones of course.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Jan Bidner permalink
    June 8, 2011 10:59

    This brings up expectations for the other 99…

    • Sika permalink*
      June 9, 2011 10:59

      I will not let you down! I hope..

  2. Betsy permalink
    June 8, 2011 10:59

    goosebumps!

    • Sika permalink*
      June 9, 2011 10:59

      Yup, the bar is set high! I might have to renege on my earlier promise to put “Twins” on the list..

  3. June 10, 2011 10:59

    It didn’t occur to me until now that this was all the rage among the middle school girls in the 80s. How ciruclar we are! I’m afraid to watch this movie again as an adult; so many have been ruined that way. I saw Twins a few years ago… it held up!

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