The Lost Boys Review
Written by: terrorwatch
A fun time vampire is only something you see at a all night blood buffet or when they have complete access to a blood donors clinic at 00:30 in the morning. So you don't expect to see them having fun and messing around with some dorky kids like they are in the 80's vampire classic, The Lost Boys. Ah this movie really does hit my fun loving 80's spot because its just a really cool movie to watch. I mean the cast are young, a little dumb and the surroundings are very cool and with even with vampires to boot. The movie is basically about a family that moves to a coastal town searching to settle in with out a hitch. But that is cut short when the older brother Michael gets into serious trouble when he starts hanging around with the local strange boys. Throw in a worried youngster and a love affair and your there, that's The Lost Boys.
See what I like about this movie is that despite all the attempts at making the defining serious vampire movie they seem to of ran away from that direction and going into the funny farm to make the story very interesting. I'm not slating vampire movies but there just not my bag and I really have no time for them expect for obviously Shadow Of The Vampire. They don't seem good enough to watch and to be honest I didn't mind watching this because it was manageable in my head due to the great entertainment factor of the boys in the movie. So acting in this movie is pretty bog standard really, but there is a certain quality you get in all movies produced in the 1980's. Every movie seems that much more funnier, and for some reason when investigations take place in a 1980's movie they actually really work. From grown men to even talking babies each scene really does set the scene for a great movie just like The Burb's with Tom Hanks. Actor of the movie for me has to be Kiefer Sutherland who plays David. He just looked really cool as the main vampire and with his blonde sharpened hair, that just oozed evil through his entire body. He's a very loveable actor anyway and I'm a big fan of his movies, his voice and attire fitted the character so well, in turn making you love both sides of the movie, good and the bad.
To be honest there isn't that much gore also on screen violence in the movie and yet it managed to get itself a 18 certificate? You don't really see anything in the word of horror until the end which is a shame but the movie hides this well with well written scenes and fun aspects in the movie. Ending scenes are great with basic special effects and no room for piss poor attempts at a early CGI addition, t works well. I liked the transformation of the character Michael, going deeper and deeper into his blood sucking state. Very subtle and yet manages to do so much more. Again another strength is the camera work done for the flying vampire scenes, they didn't show the kids flying but rather used a camera and flew it around in the air to make the allusion of the kids flying around. Very well don't and much more effective than some lame flying kids. So limited blood and gore really puts this movie into the same category as the gay Beaches but oh well you cant win them all.
Standard sound effects, nothing great but one kick ass 1980's soundtrack, full of flash backs to the 80's. This highlighted the good times of the movie and helped create the atmosphere in such scenes as the flying scenes and centred in the fun fair. To be totally honest though The Lost Boys is just a standard flick that is created for entertainment value. There isn't a hidden message, there is no outrageous subplots and not twists that are going to send you way off the movies story. Its a straight forward cheese filled 1980's flick that seems to be a classic when mentioned in a group. This movie is pure entertainment value and always to be considered when having a movie night with friends.