A divorced mother, Lucy, and her two teenage sons move in with her father in the small town of Santa Carla, California. The town is plagued by bikers and deaths. The youngest son, Sam, meets the Frog brothers, who claim to be vampire hunters. The elder son, Michael, is drawn into a gang of bikers, led by David, and starts sleeping days and staying out all night. The mother gets a job at a store and later starts dating the owner, Max. Sam and the Frogs believe he is a vampire.
The story is grabbing and interesting. I have seen this movie several times and it never gets old.
The acting is pretty good, considering most are young actors.
Jason Patric (Michael) and Kiefer Sutherland (David) are
the most interesting characters in the movie. Corey Haim (Sam) and Corey Feldman (Edgar Frog) are very colorful characters but Feldman is a bit funnier in his own way. Jami Gertz (Star) is Michael's vampire love interest of and pawn of David to attract new gang members. She's gorgeous and her character is quiet and timid. Dianne Wiest (Lucy) is great as the boys' pleasant but naive mother. Edward Herrmann (Max) is very good at being sinister. And who can forget Barnard Hughes as the eccentric and funny Grandpa?
The cinematography is colorful and gothic at times. The amusement park is a great backdrop. The underground cave is a unique lair. There are several compelling scenes.The night scene with the bikes is cold and creepy. The piece de resistance has got to be the last scene which is heart-stopping as we see the vampires swoop down for the attack from their viewpoint!
The FX are excellent. The vampire make-up is horrific! The vampire death scenes are great. The FX are not overdone and for the most part, there isn't much blood.
The soundtrack is absolutely perfect with some great 80s songs that still seem fresh today! My three favorite songs are "Lost in the Shadows" by Lou Gramm (a fast song with great lyrics; check out the video in the extras), "People Are Strange" by Echo & the Bunnymen (originally recorded by The Doors), and THE best song has to be creepy and disturbing "Cry Little Sister" by Gerard McMann.
I can't praise this movie enough! And I'm not even a vampire fan. It has the perfect mix of story, atmosphere, SFX, music, acting, and more. Since its release, it has achieved cult status and rightly so. This is one of the best Joel Schumacherfilms he has ever done. It has just the right amounts of horror and comedy. It's required viewing material for horror fans. If you haven't seen this movie, get out of your cave and rent or buy it!
The Lost Boys SE bonus disc is jam-packed with about two hours of extras! It's a real tribute to this classic. There are three menus full of material (the fourth points back to the commentary on disc 1). Here's a list the extras.
The Lost Boys: A Retrospective
Inside the Vampire's Cave
Vamping Out: The Undead Creations of Greg Cannom
The Vampire's Photo Gallery
The Return of Sam and The Frog Brothers:
Haimster & Feldog: The Story of the 2 Coreys
Multi-angled Video Commentary with Haim, Feldman, & Jamison Newlander
The Lost Scenes
A World of Vampires
Lost in the Shadows Music Video by Lou Gramm
"One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach, all the damn vampires."