Punk rock vampires? The Lost Boys

David in vampire form

The Lost Boys is a punk horror/ comedy film directed by the late Joel Schumacher and written by Janice Fischer and James Jeremias. The film starting Corey Haim, Jason Patric, Kiefer Sutherland, Jami Gertz, Corey Feldman, Dianne Wiest, Edward Herrmann, Alex Winter, Jamison Newlander, and Barnard Hughes has stood up against time. The film has earned two sequels and a comic book series taking after the first film events. The Lost Boys often said by many is one of its kind, a new fresh look into the vampire mythology with its punk rock aesthetic. Having influence many new age vampire entertainment. The film is about Sam and his older brother Micheal moving with their mother to the seemingly peaceful Santa Clara, California. While Sam meets a pair of geeky comic-book nerds Edward and Alan, Micheal gets involved with the local gang of vampires. Sam and his friends must save his brother from the gang of undead before it’s too late.

Let’s start off with Jason Patric’s character Micheal. When we are first introduced to Micheal he is with his mother and brother Sam driving to their new home. We don’t really know anything about him besides that he’s the oldest. For being the main centerpiece of the film Micheal doesn’t have very much charisma to uphold that handle. The movie would have been 10x better I feel if either Sam was the main character, centered it around Star, or made it a prequel about The Lost Boys. The aesthetic of the film is innovative for that era being inspired by punk/rock bands MTV’s music videos. It helps to inverse you with that time era and universe it was the right choice to use it to inspire the tone of the film.

The best parts of the film would have to be the playlist and the Lost Boys characters. The playlist genuinely helps set the tone and mood for the whole movie it’s really well done with the theme Cry Little Sister by Gerard McMann gives you a tone about their attitude. The Lost Boys are really the most interesting characters, I wish we learned a bit more about their mythology instead of having a story surrounding Micheal. David (played by Kiefer Sutherland) is alluring even with having limited lines it would’ve made the movie much better if they made him and the other lost boys the main character moving Micheal and the others more to the sideline.

Even with the movie faults I have to applaud how the film changed how people can perceive vampires and how movies can look but I can’t look past it having a subpar main character that for me that kills it. I would rate this movie a 7.5/10.

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