|"Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It's fun to be a vampire."|
Michael (Jason Patric) and his little brother, Sam (Corey Haim), have just moved to a new town with their mother (Dianne Wiest). Santa Carla is not a particularly fun place to be a teen, despite the fact that it is a scenic California beach town. In fact, local graffiti claims the town to be the murder capital of the world; if you can't trust graffiti for the facts, who can you trust? Michael quickly becomes infatuated with Star (Jami Gertz), a mysterious and frequently blank-looking young woman with the name of a horse. Sam has a slightly more difficult time finding his place in the community, probably because he dresses like a jackass.
Corey Feldman) and Alan Frog (Jamison Newlander) at the local comic shop. The brothers give Sam some not-so-subtle hints that Santa Carla is crawling with vampires, but he doesn't take them seriously because...well, because they're obviously morons. Unfortunately, the morons are right. Michael's lust for Star leads to him spending a lot of time with her and her guy friends. That would be awkward enough in most social contexts, but these dudes are all full-fledged vampires. Of course, Michael doesn't realize that, despite a lot of weird stuff happening. Sure, the weird stuff (hallucinations, excessive fog, death-defying stunts, etc.) don't necessarily spell out "vampire," but I probably wouldn't have wanted to hang out with those guys for long. Michael, though, gives in to peer pressure and unwittingly starts becoming a vampire. Of course, you can argue that everything he does in this story is "unwitting" because he's not a terribly bright fellow.
|You can sulk, or you can prove me wrong. And Speed 2 doesn't help your case.|
I remember seeing The Lost Boys, both as a teenager and a preteen, and I remembered it being pretty cool. It wasn't mind-blowingly awesome and it didn't drive me to wear plastic fangs, but I was certainly entertained. The adult Brian has a little more experience, though, and I am able to recognize that The Lost Boys is pretty ridiculous. For starters, a group of teenagers gathers on the beach to fist-pump to Tim Capello rocking out with a saxophone.
this video clip made it hard for me to focus on anything else in detail.
|So...vampires wax their body hair?|
The acting in the film isn't bad, but it's definitely in tune to the silliness of the movie. Corey Haim was actually pretty good as the non-vampire brother and Jason Patric was decent, if you can get past how stupid his character was. Really? You expect me to believe that you can't tell the difference between wine and blood? If the iron and salt didn't clue you in, the coagulated chunks probably should have. Idiot. The real star of the movie, though, is Kiefer Sutherland as David, the teenvamp leader. It's not that he turned in a fabulous performance, but he did seem like a pretty cool rebel. He was a little too needy for my taste, with all the "join us, Michael," but he fits the teenage appeal of this movie perfectly. The rest of the cast is relatively unimportant. Alex Winter and the other vampires offer some campy fun, Diane Wiest is the stereotypically clueless parent, and Corey Feldman is kind of amusing as an amateur vampire hunter. Edward Herrmann is probably the most convincing actor in the supporting cast, but that might be because he's playing a variation of his typical square characters. For what this movie is --- a vampire movie aimed at teens --- I think the acting is more than adequate.
|"We're not up to anything, mom...we just have to hide this corpse upstairs"|
There is an awful lot of camp in this movie, though. Director Joel Schumacher doesn't know how to manufacture convincing emotions from his actors, so he often resorts to having them overact. Normally, this annoys me, but I think it fits this script fairly well. This was Schumacher's first special effects-driven movie, though, and he handled those scenes terribly. Never mind the random way each vampire reacted when they died and the sometimes awful makeup jobs.
All in all, though, The Lost Boys is good enough. It could have been a lot darker and creepier if it kept the R-rating and stayed closer to the concept of Peter Pan as a vampire, but it does a pretty good job of making vampires seem cool.
|"Let's go cause some anemia!"|