The Lost Boys




The Lost Boys is a very entertaining film, and as long as you keep reminding yourself that it was made in 1987 you might be able to ignore the hideous 80s haircuts and fashion that blight the entire cast. Nope, no black capes and slicked back hair for these vampires - they're a gang of teenage biker boys, led by David, who's played menacingly well by a peroxide-blonde Keifer Sutherland.


The plot centres around Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim), two brothers who move to their eccentric grandfather's house in Santa Carla with their mother Lucy (Dianne Wiest). At first Santa Carla seems like a great place to live with a lively youth culture, but they soon discover a darker side - a hell of a lot of people go missing in Santa Carla, and this is due to the town being plagued with vampires.


Michael becomes involved with the vampires and the rest of the film is devoted to him and his brother trying to break him free from their hypnotic grip, with the help of the Frog brothers, Edgar and Alan, the self-styled 'vampire experts' who's knowledge of the bloodsuckers comes straight out of comic books. Needless to say, their antics provide a great deal of comedy, as well as a fair share of the action.


Overall the acting in this movie is pretty good - Jason Patric gives a sensitive performance as David; Jami Gertz is appropriately needy as his love interest and fellow vampire; Corey Haim is convincingly cute and hysterical simultaneously; and Barnard Hughes is wonderfully eccentric as the grouchy Grandpa.