Lost Boys Review
Written by: gothiczen
I was in my first year of high school when this came out. I got the soundrtack for my birthday, put the poster in my locker, and got a cross earinng. I wanted to totally live this film. It was the perfect vampire film. Sitting here, some 20 years later, a lot has changed. I have some grey in my beard, I get heartburn alot, and I still love this movie. My obsession with it has never faded.
But why? Why should a big budget, popcorn flick remain so powerful? It cant be the plot. New family comes to town, vampire clique wants the family to join, a mother in peril, and enough wacky small characters to fill a Troma film.
The movie somehow trascends the sum of its parts. Keifer is perfectly cast as David, the leader of a rock-n-roll, motorcycle driving, cool hair having, gang of vampires. Jason Patrick shines as bright as a full moon in Santa Carlos as Micheal - a guy looking to fit in and find true love. Which he does...kind of. He falls for a vampire lady, and who wouldnt fall for the lovely Jamie Gerz, and tries to fit in with the boys.
The movie is fast paced, yet somehow never forgets its true selling point - the characters. That is not to say that there isny any good bloody efffects becuade there are. It is the fact that these characters seem so real. And if I ever become a vampire David will be my role model.
Some people complain that the film is empty and lacks substance. I disagree - by transferring the vampire lifestyle as a sort of pubescent rite of passage for outsiders I think the film speaks to any kids who have spent a lunch hour alone with a novel about dungeons or dragons. The gang seems so appealing because once you are in, you are in for life (or for undead life, of for the time you spend undead...never mind). The characters motivations for their actions ring true, like good crystal (except for one point where a character runs outside to unleash his dog).
The film looks good and sounds great. Try this with a helping of Fright Night and you will remember why you are a horror fan.