Thursday, November 5, 2009

#438: The Lost Boys (1987)

Director: Joel Schumacher
Cast: Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Jami Gertz, Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Jamison Newlander & Dianne Wiest

Brothers Michael and Sam have just moved into Santa Carla, CA. The town appears to be like a nasty version of Wildwood, NJ. The two discover soon, though, that it’s not just crackheads and deadbeats wrecking this city, but vampires as well. Michael falls in love with a girl, Star, but soon realizes that she is going out with a mysterious head of a gang named David. He undergoes their initiation-type rituals, and without knowing it, has become a half-vampire. Sam is now on a mission, with the help of the Frog Brothers from the local comic book store, to save Michael and kill the vampire clan.

This film is somehow able to combine the best and the worst of the 80’s into one ridiculous movie. Clearly a legend-in-the-making by casting both of the Coreys, the film has become one of the fondest-remembered movies of children growing up in the 80’s.

The story isn’t quite perfect, and neither is the camerawork. And, as Tiffany put it, the main song is partially ruined by the “throbbing man-flesh” filling the screen in one of the first few scenes.

Oh, and Kiefer Sutherland with a mullet is a sight to behold.

One thing that interested me is some sort of anti-Semitic undertones throughout the film. I mean, how can they have named the lead female Star and have her old boyfriend be named David? (If you didn’t pick up on that, she’s the Star of David.) Also, pitting the character Michael (Christian name) against David (Jewish name) is a little bit curious. I suppose there has to be some pro-Christian stuff thrown in with vampire flicks (the cross, etc) but I think they went a teensy bit too far.

Yeah, I don’t really know what else to say about this one.

Fun Trivia (Stolen from IMDB):

  • Kiefer Sutherland was only meant to wear the black gloves he wears as David when riding the motorbike. However, while messing around on the bike behind-the-scenes, he fell off, breaking his arm so he had to wear the gloves through the whole movie to cover his cast.
  • Characters in the movie say the name 'Michael' approximately 118 times.

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