The Lost Boys (1987) Movie Review

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The Lost Boys (1987)

1987 | R | Horror, Fantasy, Comedy
97 minutes / 1h 37min

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The Lost Boys Plot Synopsis:

A mother and her two sons move to a small coast town in California. The town is plagued by bikers and some mysterious deaths. The younger boy makes friends with two other boys who claim to be vampire hunters while the older boy is drawn into the gang of bikers by a beautiful girl. The older boy starts sleeping days and staying out all night while the younger boy starts getting into trouble because of his friends' obsession.

The Lost Boys (1987) Review

The Lost Boys (1987) is a 1h 37-min rated R American comedy horror film that was/is a 1980’s American teen classic. Director Joel Schumacher (The Phantom of the Opera (2004), Phone Booth (2002), Batman Forever (1995), Batman & Robin (1997)) executed this vampire movie about a group of bike riding blood-thirsty vampires phenomenally. Those who read my review should know by now that I am a huge vampire fan. The Lost Boys is a vampire movie that made it to my top ten of favorite movies. I grew up loving this film, and my love for the movie has not outgrown as yet.

David (Kiefer Sutherland - 24 (2001-2010), Phone Booth (2002), Mirrors (2008)) has one mission in his mind, and that is to recruit Michael who recently moved to Santa Carla, California (a fictional place) from Arizona. Michael’s (Jason Patric - In the Valley of Elah (2007), Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997), Narc (2002)) made a move to a town that is known for a high murder rate with his brother Sam and newly divorced mother, Lucy. I am not sure why this mother moved her kids to a place that has an outstanding amount of missing kids - pictures of missing kids are plastered everywhere.

Lucy (Dianne Wiest - Edward Scissorhands (1990), I Am Sam (2001), Bullets Over Broadway (1994)) does not have much money and lives with the kid’s grandfather and works in a video store. Lucy found herself a new guy, video store owner Max (Edward Herrmann - Gilmore Girls (2000-2007), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), The Aviator (2004)) who can eat garlic. Michael was lured into a Cavern and was eventually tricked into drinking vampire blood that we all know it - changed his life!

Sam (Corey Haim - License to Drive (1988), Lucas (1986), Crank: High Voltage (2009)) made friends with The Frog Brothers and tried to warn Michael about Vampire David and the other vampires from the beginning. Sam discovers his brother’s transformation and is, of course, freaked out, but they join to try to find a cure and had no choice but to turn to the Frog brothers for help. Will the team be able to save Michael and his new love or will they all meet their demise by the hands of David?

The Lost Boys was shot at several locations including:

  • Mobile, Alabama, USA - Bayou Canot - train trestle
  • Warner Brothers Burbank Studios - Burbank, California, USA - interiors
  • Santa Cruz, California, USA
  • 333 Golf Club Drive, Santa Cruz, California, USA - Grandpa’s house
  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, California, USA
  • Atlantis Fantasy World - 1020 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz, California, USA - Frog Brothers Comic Book Shop
  • 17 Municipal Wharf Suite D, Santa Cruz, California, USA - Max’s Video Store
  • 526 Seabright Avenue, Santa Cruz, California, USA - Whale snout protruding from building
  • 6610 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes, California, USA -Vampire cave entrance
  • 49 Municipal Wharf Suite B, Santa Cruz, California, USA - Max and Lucy’s dinner date
  • Iron Horse Trailhead - Valencia, California, USA - Railroad Trestle
  • The Lost Boys Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 9
  • Overall Score: 7.70
  • IMDB: 7.3
  • MetaCritic: 6.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 7.4

About The Lost Boys 1987

Title: The Lost Boys
Year: 1987
Runtime: 97 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Comedy
Score: 4.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.85/5 stars from 107,811 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 107,811
MPAA Rating: R
The Lost Boys Cast Starring: Corey Feldman, Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Haim, Jamison Newlander, Alex Winter, Kelly Jo Minter, Harrod Blank, Dianne Wiest, Jason Patric, Edward Herrmann, Billy Wirth, Chance Michael Corbitt, Christopher Peters, Cody, Keith Butterfield, Folsom, Gerald Younggren, Eric Graves, Brett Clark, J. Dinan Myrtetus, D. Alan Cooksey, Kevin Deon, Joe Ferrara II, Timmy Cappello, Dave LaBrucherie, Barnard Hughes, Jim Turner, Peggy Malone, Tony Cain, Douglas Mellor
The Lost Boys Writers: Jan Fischer, James Jeremias
The Lost Boys Director: Joel Schumacher
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
Language: English
Country: USA