The Lost Boys DVD|
This 1987 thriller was a predictable hit with the teen audience it worked overtime to attract. Like most of director Joel Schumacher's films, it's conspicuously designed to push the right marketing and demographic buttons and, granted, there's some pretty cool stuff going on here and there. Take Kiefer Sutherland, for instance. In Stand by Me he played a memorable bully, but here he goes one step further as a memorable bully vampire who leads a tribe of teenage vampires on their nocturnal spree of bloodsucking havoc. Jason Patric plays the new guy in town, who quickly attracts a lovely girlfriend (Jami Gertz), only to find that she might be recruiting him into the vampire fold. The movie gets sillier as it goes along, and resorts to a routine action-movie showdown, but it's a visual knockout (featuring great cinematography by Michael Chapman) and boasts a cast that's eminently able (pardon the pun) to sink their teeth into the best parts of an uneven screenplay. --Jeff Shannonfrom£4.95 | RRP:
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play After moving to a new town two brothers are convinced that the area is frequented by vampires
Two brothers move to a new town and soon fall in with the wrong crowd. Nothing unusual about that, except these particular no-mark punks also happen to be blood-swilling vampires. The older brother (Jason Patric) proves easy prey and is soon a fully paid-up member of the undead. But the younger brother (Corey Haim) is made of tougher stuff and, along with a couple of friends, decides to make a stand. Pretty soon the suburbs start swinging to the sound of teen-vampire combat.
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The Lost Boys Kashif Ahmed
"Sleep all day. Party all night. Never die...it's fun to be a Vampire."
Classic 80s comedy-horror starring Jason Patric, the late / great Corey Haim, Corey Feldman and Kiefer Sutherland; directed by Joel Schumacher 'The Lost Boys' is one my favourite movies of the 1980s and an influential landmark in post-modern cinema.
Mild mannered widower Dianne Wiest moves in with her father along with sons Michael (cool and brooding Jason Patric) and Sam (wisecracking and jovial Corey Haim). Strangers in a strange land, the trio struggle to adjust to life in the coastal town of Santa Cruz, their transition isn't made any easier by the town's reputation for being 'The Murder Capital Of The World'. An ominous sobriquet that proves all too accurate, since Santa Cruz is Vampire country!
Michael soon falls for stunning gypsy; Star (Jamie Gertz), unfortunately, she's in with a gang of the grateful undead, led by the unsavoury but enigmatic David (Kiefer Sutherland on top form). On the bright side, Sutherland doesn't want to sodomize or torture Michael for information (Jack Bauer was a good 15 years away) but sees in him the potential to be a vampire, or "One of us" as the line goes. Needless to say, our heroes aren't too keen on the whole businesses of bloodsucking so it's not long before David's clan begin "vamping out" and others adopt the use of garlic, stakes, silver and stereos in a desperate bid to stay alive.
'Zombieland', 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' and 'True Blood' all took their cues from 'The Lost Boys' and its one of those pictures saved by time: derided upon its release in 1987, the film soon won favour with young fans and now, decades later, we've elevated this movie to its rightful place as a genuine cult classic. I dread to think that someday those 'Team Edward' losers may do the same for 'Twilight'. It's inevitable, I suppose.
And speaking of the young, one can't forget a stellar performance by the late Corey Haim. Haim plays Michael's younger brother Sam with excellent comic timing. And I'm not just saying that because he's no longer with us but because Haim created a great character here, some of his most memorable one liners include: "Are you freebasing, Michael? Inquiring minds want to know" or when faced with the prospect of fraternal fangs to the jugular: "Don't kill me, Mike. I'm basically a good kid". Corey Haim never lived up to his potential as an actor, though 'License To Drive' (1988) gave us a glimpse of his gift for comedy whilst 'The Lost Boys' proved an ideal platform for Haim's talent and was, alas, his finest hour.
An excellent, consistently entertaining film that's stood the test of time and flirts with immortality as often as its titular antagonists: Vampires would never be the same again.
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