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"The Lost Boys" (1987) | Sam Gall Movie Review Issue #75 Gem Mint 10.0


“The Lost Boys“ (1987)

Director: Joel Schumacher

Writer: Jan Fischer & James Jeremias (story & screenplay), Jeffrey Boam (screenplay)

Starring: Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Haim, Jason Patric, Corey Feldman, Jami Gertz, Dianne Wiest, Alex Winter, Jamison Newlander, Edward Herrmann

Rated: R violence & gore, some sexual references and language.

Runtime: 1h 37min

Genre: Horror, Comedy

Country: USA

Language: English


After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires.


You might like this if you like: Vampires, 80s movies, Horror, Monsters, High School Movies, Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Dianne Wiest, Alex Winter


Kiefer Sutherland (left) & Jami Gertz (right) in "The Lost Boys" (1987)


Another late newcomer for me; “The Lost Boys” (1987) was the vampire film I wanted to make because I didn’t know they had already done it.

I had seen snippets of it growing up but had never sat down and watched the full thing until I met my fiancé; Rachel. It was a childhood favorite of hers and we finally made the time to watch it. Well, I’ve probably seen it 2 more times since then.


Jamison Newlander (left), Corey Haim (middle), & Corey Feldman (right) in "The Lost Boys" (1987)


The Lost Boys” (1987) is the 80s R-Rated Vampire movie that I only now realize HBO’s “True Blood” (one of my favorites) took plenty of notes from. The effects are brilliant and still hold up for me. I've seen so many of the films and shows afterwards that took influence from this film it was exciting to see where a lot of the great moments came from.

Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander were my absolute favorites! Running that comic shop and how they incorporated it into the story was just too down my alley for me to pass up.


Edward Herrmann (left) & Dianne Wiest (right) in "The Lost Boys" (1987)

Corey Haim I’ve been a fan of from “Lucas” (1986), though I’ve been a little scarred from reading the behind the scenes of that movie and has since kept me from rewatching it since.

It was nice to see Dianne Wiest again. Felt like I hadn’t seen her in a minute. Mostly been a fan of hers from “The Birdcage” (1996). Getting to see Alex Winter from the "Bill & Ted" franchise was just an extra treat!


"The Lost Boys" (1987)


Overall it was so great to finally to see “The Lost Boys” (1987)! An instant classic! Great mix of 80s comedy, action and horror. Young Kiefer Sutherland is just too fun to watch!


Written by Sam Gall on 10/12/20


CGC Grading: Gem Mint 10.0


"It laughs at the form it embraces, adds a rock-and-roll soundtrack and, if you share its serious-satiric attitude, manages to be very funny." - Caryn James, New York Times


"Boys is something of the nerdy dude version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer before there was Buffy." - Tom Meek, Cambridge Day


"An exhilarating hybrid of horror and suburban comedy." - Desson Thomson, Washington Post


"The Lost Boys, in its artless way, asks us to consider that being for ever young isn't a sweet Edwardian evocation of innocence, but a vision of pure hell, like vampirism." - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian


"Slick, savvy and scary, "The Lost Boys" is a hip horror comedy with the full-throttle excitement of a rollercoaster ride and the pop culture fluency of a Stephen King best seller." - Joe Leydon, The Moving Picture Show


"It starts slow, but finishes fast with some clever plot twists. In the end, all is not lost with these boys." - Rita Kempley, Washington Post


Official Trailer:


Part 1 of the Making-of "The Lost Boys"(1987) - 17 Year Retrospective (2004):


Available on various VOD platforms

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