The Lost Boys (1987)

The Lost Boys (1987)

Taglines: Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It’s fun to be a vampire.

Michael Emerson (Jason Patric) and his younger brother, Sam (Corey Haim), move with their recently divorced mother, Lucy (Dianne Wiest), to the beach community of Santa Carla, California. The family moves in with Lucy’s father (Barnard Hughes), a cantankerous and eccentric old man who lives on the outskirts of town and enjoys taxidermy as a hobby.

Michael and Sam begin hanging out on the Boardwalk, which is plastered with flyers of missing people, while Lucy gets a job at a local video store run by a man named Max (Edward Herrmann), Michael becomes fascinated by Star (Jami Gertz), a young woman he spots at the Boardwalk one night and who is in a relationship with David (Kiefer Sutherland), the leader of a local gang. Meanwhile, in the local comic book store, Sam meets brothers Edgar and Alan Frog (Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander), a pair of self-proclaimed vampire hunters, who warn him that Santa Carla has been infiltrated by vampires and give him horror comics to teach him about the threat.

Michael finally talks to Star and is approached by David, who goads Michael into following them by motorcycle down the beach until they reach a dangerous cliff, which Michael almost goes over. At the gang’s headquarters, a sunken luxury hotel beneath the cliff, David initiates Michael into the group, having him drink from a bottle. Star warns Michael not to drink, telling him it’s blood, but Michael ignores her advice. Later on, David and the others, including Michael, head to the train tracks where they hang off the edge over a foggy gorge below and all fall down into the gorge; Michael loses his grip and falls down with them.

The Lost Boys (1987) - Jami Gertz

The next day, Michael develops a thirst for blood and impulsively tries to attack Sam. Sam’s dog, Nanook, retaliates, pushing Michael away from Sam and biting him in the hand. Sam realizes that Michael is turning into a vampire by his brother’s reflection in the mirror being transparent. A terrified Sam flees to his room with Michael trying to talk to him about the situation.

After Michael retreats to his room, he begins to develop supernatural powers. He realizes he is turning into a vampire, and asks Star for help, but has sex with her shortly afterwards. From comic books, Sam discovers that, since Michael has not killed anyone, he is a half-vampire and his condition can be reversed upon the death of the head vampire. The next day, Sam and the Frog brothers conclude that Max is the head vampire, and test this theory whilst he is dating Lucy. However, Max passes every test and appears to be human.

In an attempt to force him into killing, David takes Michael to stalk a group of beach goers, and instigates a feeding frenzy. Horrified by the sight, Michael escapes and returns home to Sam. Star arrives, and reveals herself as a half-vampire who is looking to be cured. It emerges that David had intended for Michael to be Star’s first kill, sealing her fate as a vampire.

The next day, a weakening Michael leads Sam and the Frog brothers to the gang’s lair. They impale one of the vampires, Marko, with a stake, awakening David and the two others, but the boys escape, rescuing Star and Laddie, a half-vampire child and Star’s companion.

The Lost Boys is a 1987 American horror comedy film starring Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Kiefer Sutherland, Jami Gertz, Corey Feldman, Dianne Wiest, Edward Herrmann, Alex Winter, Jamison Newlander, and Barnard Hughes.

The film is about two Arizona brothers who move to California and end up fighting a gang of young vampires. The title is a reference to the Lost Boys in J. M. Barrie’s stories about Peter Pan and Neverland, who, like the vampires, never grow up. The film was followed by two direct to video sequels, Lost Boys: The Tribe and Lost Boys: The Thirst and spawned the franchise by the same name.

The Lost Boys Movie Poster (1987)

The Lost Boys (1987)

Directed by: Joel Schumacher
Starring: Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Dianne Wiest, Jami Gertz, Barnard Hughes, Edward Herrmann, Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Jamison Newlander, Chance Michael Corbitt
Screenplay by: Jan Fischer, James Jeremias
Production Design by: Bo Welch
Cinematography by: Michael Chapman
Film Editing by: Robert Brown
Costume Design by: Susan Becker
Set Decoration by: R. Chris Westlund
Art Direction by: Tom Duffield
Music by: Thomas Newman
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: July 31, 1987