Sunday, March 12, 2017

Movie: The Lost Boys (1987)

Recently I was at a local goth night called War Dance (I know I'm an old fart, but I still try to get out to the club when I can), and I heard this song...


It's called "Lost in the Shadows" by Thomas Newman and Lou Gramm (lead singer of Foreigner) from The Lost Boys soundtrack. I started singing it, and the people I was talking to didn't know what it was. I said, "It's from The Lost Boys soundtrack!" I got very excited and one of my friends responded, "I'm not sure I ever saw that movie." This blew my mind. I've seen The Lost Boys well over 100 times and I know all the dialog. It's easily in my top 10 vampire movies of all time. Ok, flashback blog time, and yes, there are spoilers.

As I write this, it's the seventh anniversary of Corey Haim's death, March 10, 2010, let's take a moment to reflect on my favorite movie of his, The Lost Boys. It was released in the summer of 1987. It's a story about a divorced mom and her two sons. They need to move in with her dad because they've run out of money. Grandpa lives on the outskirts of the imaginary city Santa Carla, California aka "Murder Capital of the World". Santa Carla has a boardwalk with carnival rides, live music on the beach and tons of missing people posters. We soon find out that the vampires are responsible. When you think about it ~ at the time ~ it was unusual to think of vamps living in bright and sunny CA. It was WAY before Buffy the Vampire Slayer and this is why I was drawn to seeing it, the juxaposition dark brooding vamps in CA.

The extreme fashion in The Lost Boys is stylish, dated and wonderfully campy. There's a little bit for everyone, no matter what your taste. You have the sexy young vampires in leather jackets, leather pants, trench coats, tank tops with long perfect mullet-y headbanger hair and lots of chains and belts. Main vamp David, played by Kiefer Southerland has a perfectly coiffed platinum mullet. Yes there are blonde vampires, contrary to popular belief! It's really the opposite of dark, brooding, and  mysterious. I think that's what makes him so sexy. Let's take a look...

OMG, yum! Am I right?!!!

Oh, and here's the rest of them.

Older brother Michael.

Then you have the complete opposite style of the vamps in the youngest brother Sam Emerson, played by Corey Haim. He wears lots of pastels, big yellow and white high top sneakers, shoulder pads, mixed patterns and at one point a "Born to Shop" T shirt. His fashion is actually similar to Max, the man his mom starts dating. So you would think that this is a bit of foreshadowing of them getting along. Nope.

 Yes, it's true, some of us dressed like this in the 80s.

Here's Max. Two words: SHOULDER PADS.
Finally you have the Frog brothers Edgar and Allen, played by Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander, dressed in military camo, and bandanas.  Like mini Rambo-s.


As a teen I thought the Frog brothers were the comic relief of the movie, but as I got older and watched the movie more, I really think it's the grandpa that holds all the cards. He knows everything going on in Santa Carla, but doesn't tell his family. I really think he's in denial of vampires, that's why he moved to the outskirts of town. Without giving too much away, grandpa saves the day. There's also a tiny plot twist at the very end, so make sure you watch all of it!

Finally I have to mention the random oiled up sexy sax man, or should I say SEX man? This is clip is near the beginning of the movie and as a metal head in the 80s, I couldn't fathom why, OH WHY are people headbanging to this song? My guess is that this was not the song they were headbanging to, but a different song and the makers of the movie liked the clip so they kept it. It made the scene "edgy", just like the opening sequence when they are riding around in their station wagon while listening to "People Are Strange" by The Easybeats and Echo & the Bunnymen and the camera is panning around to all the punks, goths, and weirdos occupying the boardwalk.


I still have an unanswered question. The scene where the vamps are hanging upside down by their nasty ass talon feet, then the camera shows them flying out of their lair. Do they stop to put their shoes on? These are the things that keep me up at night...and the closet monster.


Happy (early) 30th Birthday to the most iconic vampire movie of the 1980s, The Lost Boys!

You can watch the trailer here.

p.s. When you go to a goth club you might hear this song. It's the more popular song from the soundtrack. ;)




















2 comments:

  1. Love reading this post on this movie! So funny about the shoes thing. I never caught that! :)

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    1. David might be a looker, but his feet are gross.

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