The Lost Boys (1987)

The Lost Boys (1987)

1987 R 97 Minutes

Comedy | Horror

A mother and her two teenage sons move to a seemingly nice and quiet small coastal California town yet soon find out that it's overrun by bike gangs and vampires. A couple of teenage friends take i...

Overall Rating

6 / 10
Verdict: Good

User Review

  • The Lost Boys is a vampire film aimed for teenagers. Remove most of the horror elements and you are left with an entertaining, camp and rather predictable 80's cult classic. There were many things I liked, and some elements I rather did not like. Firstly I felt Joel Schumacher was actually good as director. Campy films is definitely his speciality (let's face it, he butchered Batman and Robin) and turning a vampire film into a teen flick was a smart move. I thought Kiefer Sutherland suited the role as "head" vampire. I liked some of the camera techniques, particularly those POV scenes when the vampires are flying. I thought the setting was great and plenty of 80's music to accompany the film. The practical effects were also noteworthy, particularly the wire work (bear in mind this was in 1987). The rest of the cast however, I don't know...nothing outstanding. They are all fine and functional for their roles. The story is nothing new, predictable but yet somewhat enjoyable. Obvious vampires were obvious. The gore wasn't really required. A few underdeveloped characters and the film just ended way too suddenly. Maybe campy films just aren't my thing, but in saying that I did enjoy this and I appreciate the cult status that this has. I could see myself watching it again.