Saturday, March 14, 2015

Short Attention Span Review: The Lost Boys (1987)

Apparently I'm on an 80s kick lately, but that's okay.  It was a good decade for bad hair, cheeky music, and horror movies.  The Lost Boys remains one of the most likable fright flicks from the 80s for good reason.  Joel Schumacher did a great job with the direction, keeping things moving and providing viewers with a lean thrill ride.  The movie boasts a solid cast and it has a great sense of humor.  Sure, there are also nifty effects and buckets of blood, but I really think it's that sense of humor that makes this one such a winner.  Several of the best sequences are played strictly for laughs, and the epic last line is a total pisser.  Kiefer Sutherland and Jason Patric are the stars of the picture, but the late Corey Haim also brings his trademark charm to the table.  Corey Feldman joins the party as one of the Frog Brothers, a pair of tough-talking vampire slayers who have the tough talk down but haven't really figured out the vampire-slaying bit.  The soundtrack is very, very 80s, though it's probably not as 80s as the hair or the clothes, but I think that all of these things only add to the movie's irresistible charm.  It's a bit of romp, so it only makes sense that it's loud and colorful and the gang of bad boy vampires preying on our heroes look like New Wave rockers who have been cross-pollinated with Goth kids.  The Lost Boys isn't one of the very best vampire movies we've been blessed with over the years, but it's surely one of the good ones.  It's slick, exciting, and anyone who sinks their fangs into this 80s gem is certain to have a good time with it.

Final Grade: B+
It's okay to miss teen stars named Corey and the 80s in general.

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