October 31, 2004

The Lost Boys

Happy Halloween! This is a really good/fun/scary movie for Jack-o-Lantern Day. If you're having a Halloween party tonight you could consider running it in the background.

I would rank The Lost Boys as my favorite vampire movie because it's damn funny in places. And it's a real period piece. Late 80's. The film is like a vampire's I Want My MTV. All the bloodsuckers are young and with the post-new wave, post-punk look. Kiefer Sutherland, in one of his first feature films, looks great with his short-on-the-sides-long-on-top-with-prominent-dangling-earing countenance. The other guys could easily slip into playing bass for Warrant or Danzig.

The story takes place in the fictitious beachtown of Santa Carla, CA, which is obviously Santa Cruz to anybody who has been anywhere near there. Jason Patric and Corey Haim are two brothers who move there with their recently divorced mother for a new start at Grandpa's house. Grandpa, a taxidermist played by Bernard Hughes, lends his own charm to the flick. All the characters here, even the vamps, are charming. The vampire punks have a few meals but the attacks aren't so graphically portrayed that your stomach is a casualty. Kiefer is actually really good in this movie -- he does the supersexy neckbiter real well. No woman could resist this guy. And all the vampires ride motorcycles. I'm sure many pubescent females bought tickets when this was in the theaters.

Jason plays Michael, whom the little cadre of vampires wish to bring in as a member. And Corey encounters Edgar and Allan Frog (I don't remember which but Corey Feldman plays one of them) who are the self-appointed local vampire killing squad.

Another thing that makes the movie fun and a pleasure is the music. Excellent and timely song selection. Did I mention MTV? The kiddie music network had a major influence on this movie.

Joel Schumacher directed this film. He's the guy who did a couple of the Batmans, St. Elmo's Fire, Phone Booth, and Flawless among many others. The Lost Boys was beautifully shot with some lovely vampire's eye view flights through the air. An especially memorable schene is where the vamps grow their fangs and fully introduce themselves to Michael.

You'll never grow old Michael. And you'll never die. But you must FEED. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA...!

Posted by Wayne at October 31, 2004 05:32 PM
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THE LOST BOYS is not bad, but I prefer the two FRIGHT NIGHT movies. For one thing, they have some still-astonishing special effects (don't you hate CGI movie monsters? I do!).

And the humor: Roddy McDowall parodying Peter Cushing's Van Helsing role, as the cowardly actor "Peter Vincent". The goofy werewolf in FRIGHT NIGHT 2... and the vampire psychiatrist!

Scariest scene: Amanda Bearse's huge set of jagged teeth in the final battle of FRIGHT NIGHT. A dentist's nightmare!

And the unforgettable lines:

"Welcome to 'Fright Night!' For real..."

"She's not here! But wait... She left a note!... Mmm-mmm! Dinner is in the oven!"

-A.R.Yngve
http://yngve.bravehost.com

Posted by: A.R.Yngve at November 13, 2004 11:58 AM
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