If there's one thing Nakea can't stand about our 2019 Halloween Movie Marathon, it's all the damn vampires, as we sit down for her first viewing of Joel Schumacher's The Lost Boys (1987).
First, we're having a discussion about vampiric role models. If every generation gets the vampires it needs and deserves, Michael's generation got to sleep all day, party all night, and never grow old with these disaffected teen-age bloodsuckers. But what are Nakea's pointy-toothed cinematic aspirations?
Then, we're sitting down for Nakea's first viewing of this influential cult classic, as Michael introduces her to the glories of oily saxophone solos, maggoty California cuisine, Grandpa Gilmore as a hip undead father figure, and not one but two Coreys battling the forces of darkness.
Leather-clad, mulleted, vaguely homoerotic vampires on motorcycles? It must be the '80s.
0:00: Prologue: from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
0:42: Preliminary Conversation: What Do You Believe?
15:14: Interlude: from Love at First Bite
15:41: Cultural Osmosis: Pre-Viewing Discussion
22:37: Interlude: Original Trailer
23:45: The Verdict: Post-Viewing Discussion
58:13: Outro and Next Week's Movie
Notes and Links
—Movie Reviewed: The Lost Boys (dir. Joel Schumacher, Warner Bros., 1987).
—Prologue: from Buffy the Vampire Slayer 2×07, "Lie to Me."
—Interlude: from Love at First Bite (dir. Stan Dragoti, American International, 1979).
—Other Movies Mentioned: Salem's Lot (1979), Dracula (1979), Interview with the Vampire (1994), Batman Forever (1995), Vampire in Brooklyn (1995), A Time to Kill (1996), Batman and Robin (1997), Freddy vs. Jason (2003), Let the Right One In (2008), The Lost Boys: The Tribe (2008), The Lost Boys: The Thirst (2010), Only Lovers Left Alive (2013).
—References and Resources: Nina Auerbach, Our Vampires, Ourselves; "Never Grow Old, Never Die: The Lost Boys 30 Years Later," Ciaran Conliffe, Headstuff; "The Lost Boys Found: How a Teen Vampire Movie Rose From the Dead To Become a Cult Classic," Kevin Smokler, Decider; Review by Roger Ebert, rogerebert.com; Review on Time Out; Review by Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times; Review by Caryn James, New York Times; "The Lost Boys at 30: sexy vampires, onset raving, and the making of the most Eighties movie ever," Tom Fordy, The Telegraph; "What The Lost Boys has to Say About Sex, Fear, and Fantasy," Kary Gabriel, VRV; "30 Years Ago The Lost Boys Introduced Me to Queer Cinema," Alcy Levya, Bright Wall Dark Room.
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2 thoughts on “THE LOST BOYS (1987)”
In the vein (pun intended) of the more aesthetic vampire films discussed, "Let the Right One In," "Only Lovers Left Alive," and "Interview with the Vampire," two more must-sees are the Neil Jordan-directed, "Byzantium," which surpasses "Interview" in my view, and Ana Lily Amirpour's breakthrough film, "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night".
We've both seen Amirpour's movie—though we both forgot to mention it—but I somehow missed Byzantium completely. I'll have to check it out. Thanks.