I recently watched a big 1980s film for the first time in I don’t know how long. What’s the best way to describe “The Lost Boys“? Peter Pan meets The Munsters with a healthy dose of Jim Morrison and a bit of Edgar Allan Poe? That’s how I see it. There are lots of familiar faces in this 1987 film including Jason Patric, Kiefer Sutherland, Jami Gertz, and even the most excellent dude Bill (Alex Winter). There are a few others I’ll mention later. Basically, the storyline involves a divorced mom with two boys who move to Santa Carla, CA to live with her dad/their grandad. Shortly thereafter, they find the local group of teenage bad boys are, in fact, vampires.
I remember the soundtrack was “kind of a big deal” back in the day. There’s a cover of The Doors’ “People Are Strange” by Echo & the Bunnymen. When I watched the film this time around, I had the subtitles on and could actually understand some of the Ten Commendments-gospel-ish lyrics in “Cry Little Sister.”
I’ve always been slightly annoyed by the children’s chorus singing “Thou shalt not…this” and “Thou shalt not that” only because I couldn’t understand the lyrics. Does the soundtrack get weirder? Well, Roger Daltrey sings Elton John’s “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” for some reason. There’s an INXS song or two and even Lou Gramm makes an appearance.
Getting back to the film, I found it visually interesting to watch. The grandfather’s house has an over the top funky vibe which makes an interesting backdrop. The only thing I found really dated was Corey Haim’s neon-bordering-radioactive wardrobe. The vampires dress in a very 80s, super-hip, metrosexual kind of way. The only thing is, I don’t think I ever saw anyone actually dressed that way in the 80s outside of this film. The best part of the film for me is the characters of both Grandpa (Barnard Hughes) and The Frog Brothers (Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander). Feldman, in particular, plays a satirical 80s action star brilliantly.
Apparently, there are a couple of sequels, which I haven’t watched.
Till next time keep your Mojo on the Horizon!