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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Directors
Joel Schumacher.
Screenwriters
Running Time
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The Lost Boys
The greatest comedy teen vampire movie ever made.


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Plot
Two boys move into an area populated by bikers and plagued by a series of bizarre deaths. Whilst shirking off rumours about vampires, the older brother Mike (Patric) begins to show signs of vampirism, so younger bro Sam (Haim) enlists the help of two vampire hunters.


Review
The Lost Boys' theme of dead things walking is more apt than anyone could have predicted. At the time a gallery of teenage pin-ups and promising talent, the film has now become a showcase for prematurely deceased careers.

That aside, Joel Schumacher's follow-up to St. Elmo's Fire stands as a genre landmark, one that bled new life into a mythos grown as old and musty as its undead protagonists. Not as nuanced or bold as Kathryn Bigelow's Near Dark (released the same year), what this brought to the table was style, sass and a sense of humour.

One of the first movies to successfully bridge the horror/comedy divide, this MTV-enhanced vamp outing dared to poke fun at its heritage, tempering the scares with some big laughs.

The third act is somewhat lazy but, taken as a whole, The Lost Boys remains a supremely watchable example of something the '80s did right. It also showcases Kiefer Sutherland in the most seductive and memorable role of his career, vampire leader David.


Extras

Lost Boys, The Lost Boys, The
Released: 13 September 2004
A director’s commentary, deleted scenes and featurettes. Interviews with the washed-up stars are the real treat, though: a bloated Corey Haim is barely recognisable, and when Corey Feldman joshes that he considered a sex change to qualify for a part in the mooted Lost Girls sequel, you’re left wondering if he might in fact be entirely serious.


Verdict
The Lost Boys remains a supremely watchable example of something the '80s did right.


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Posted by Gamuza78 at 00:54, 31 December 2013 | Report This Post


Greatest Vamp Film EVER!

This is the best vamp movie made. Better then 1984's FRIGHT NIGHT and better then NEAR DARK. I love this film. It had the best group of vamps ever and as for Corey Feldman, Jamison Newlander and Corey Haim... Well, they're awesome monster bashers! The soundtrack to this film is still amazing and the young cast is perfect. A film made for teens. Only thing i have against this is Joel Schumacher. I love some of his films (Phone Booth, Falling Down) but he put nipples on Batman! Although, this is p... More

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Posted by lostboys96 at 00:08, 03 February 2012 | Report This Post


Love love love this movie (and have since it first came out)! Love Jason and Keifer...the whole dark sensuous side.. the music (especially "Cry Little Sister" the totally darkest moving song of the soundtrack)...How Jason moves to the other side..It's all about finding out who you are...sometimes you wonder how you got where you ended up.... Magical, erotic at times... Fan forever.............. ... More

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Posted by LadyWolfMoon39 at 14:12, 31 March 2009 | Report This Post


Lost Boys 5 stars, The Tribe 2 stars

The Lost Boys was my first fare into Horror as a child sisters insisted on watching it so I had to too, fell in love instantly with Keifer's voice still love it now in 24. Put Lost Boys The Tribe in to watch on Saturday night, how disappointing I even missed the classic 80's reference of the Goonies whilst watching it, and totally missed the fact the Corey Feldman was in both (till this morning), Angus Sutherland is hot when he wears the sunny's not so when he is trying to seduce Autumn, sorry ... More

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Posted by hannah at 15:20, 20 October 2008 | Report This Post


Lost Boys 5 stars, The Tribe 2 stars

The Lost Boys was my first fare into Horror as a child sisters insisted on watching it so I had to too, fell in love instantly with Keifer's voice still love it now in 24. Put Lost Boys The Tribe in to watch on Saturday night, how disappointing I even missed the classic 80's reference of the Goonies whilst watching it, and totally missed the fact the Corey Feldman was in both (till this morning), Angus Sutherland is hot when he wears the sunny's not so when he is trying to seduce Autumn, sorry ... More

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Posted by hannah at 15:20, 20 October 2008 | Report This Post


RE: The Lost Boys

Isn't this supposed to be a review of the Lost Boys/Lost Boys 2 DVD release?   This is just a review of the Lost Boys original DVD release.   Mods? ... More

Posted by fuzzy at 12:40, 10 October 2008 | Report This Post


Really cool movie. Just don't watch the remake they made. ... More

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Posted by nc_jj at 03:50, 01 October 2008 | Report This Post


Kiefer Kick Ass Sutherland delivers again in a word AWESOME ... More

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Posted by Hamsterwalt at 16:55, 25 September 2008 | Report This Post


Lots of fun

Keifer Sutherland is classic. Hugely watchable and mega entertaining ... More

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Posted by blaud at 09:07, 16 June 2008 | Report This Post


Good Film

As i watched The Lost boys, i was reminded of the numerous times id watched it as a child. And re-watching the film now, i still enjoyed it. Good actors and a great soundtrack, this is a good entertaining vampire film, with some really funny scenes. ... More

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Posted by chrismart83 at 16:08, 06 May 2007 | Report This Post


The Lost Boys

Not quite as good as Batman and Robin, only kiddin, this is a classic film from director Joel Schumacher, who is a great director on his day. Here he blends comedy and horror nigh on perfectly. Some great performances, (a memorable debut for Keifer Sutherland), and one of the best soundtracks in 80s movie history. ... More

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Posted by zombiewarehouse at 19:53, 14 March 2007 | Report This Post


Still holds up!

This was before Joel Schumacher started making really bad films like Showgirls and the last two Batman flicks so it's still pretty good. When the movie started I felt like we were starting in the middle of the film. You get no history of the vampires or anything. Just right into the current storyline. I mean is max David’s father or what? How long have they been around? How did Grandpa know about all the vamps? I think if there was enough interest there could have been a pretty good preque... More

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Posted by Strangef8 at 21:03, 28 August 2006 | Report This Post


the lost boys

how can you give this fantastic film 4 stars it,s what started me off liking vampire films espeacialy keifer sutherland he makes a great vampire he,s gorgeus this my era the eighties ... More

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Posted by debra day at 14:39, 18 May 2006 | Report This Post


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