Monday, April 30, 2012

The Lost Boys (1987)

Links: TVTropes, Wikipedia, IMDB (7.0).

It's hard not to like this film: it's the sort of Goonies-with-vampires movie that could only have been made in the 80s.  The film modernized the vampire concept, directly paving the way for later fare like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and it's also good cheesy fun with 80's icons Corey Feldman and Corey Haim as they raid vampire lairs and steal holy water for their squirt guns.  One noteworthy fact about the film is that it was filmed in Santa Cruz with the numbers filed off, which is very apparent if you've ever been there in person.  The film has also acquired... attention... for its (unintentional?) homoerotic undertones.  As if the ambiguous tensions between Michael and David weren't enough (the latter played by a disturbingly young Kiefer Sutherland), we also get Sam (Haim) singing "I Ain't Got a Man" while a shirtless Rob Lowe poster hangs in his bedroom closet.  Did we just not pay attention to those things in the 80s?  Score: 3 stars out of 4.

P.S.: In lieu of the traditional drinking game, I present an alternative for Cry Little Sister:
Zippy the Lighter will shield you from this and other power ballads.

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