Review – The Lost Boys

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In what appears to be a now season of ‘Corey Feldman’ movies, the day after watching The Goonies, I turned to The Lost Boys.

From 1987, directed by Joel Schumaker (who would of course go on to nearly kill the Batman franchise), and written by Jan Fischer, James Jeremias and Jeffrey Boam, the film is now a treasured classic for both the film itself and also the soundtrack.

The film sees Lucy, recently divorced mother of two boys, moving to live with her father – an eccentric old man with a hobby in taxidermy – in the coastal town of Santa Carla. The boys – Sam (Corey Haim) and Michael (Jason Patric) – find themselves drawn into a dark adventure with a gang including Kiefer Sutherland, and Alex Winter (Bill and Ted guy). The town has been victim to a recent spate of missing persons and it becomes clear that the gang of vampires are the reason.

In battling the gang, the brothers find allies with the comic book store dwelling Frog Brothers, Edgar (Corey Feldman) and Alan (Jamison Newlander) with their amateur vampire hunting skills.

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The film could loosely be described as ‘The Goonies in a horror tale’ with similar levels of comedy and adventure, albeit in a much darker setting. There are links between the two films (Feldman is an obvious connection, Richard Donner produces the Lost Boys) and they both hold strong positions on lists of cult classics from the world of 80’s cinema.

In terms of the soundtrack, much loved by many, the opening of the film sets the stall out with Cry Little Sister (Gerard McMann), People are Strange (The Doors) and other songs by INXS, and Roger Daltrey, the album itself is a classic of movie music.

Its a rip roaring horror comedy adventure which is a highly atmospheric tale that at 97 minutes keeps a fast pace to it and doesnt drop a beat.

8/10

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