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Lost Boys

March 10, 2010

Lost Boys

Ah, what sad circumstances led us to watch this movie tonight.  We made a last minute change to our plans tonight due to the untimely death of Corey Haim and chose to watch Lost Boys tonight in his memory.  I wish we could be enjoying this cheesy eighties vampire flick for a better reason, because really this movie is a treat for us, and I don’t want it soiled by the tragedy of the occasion.

We’ve seen this movie a lot, of course.  Lost Boys is kind of a touchstone for us of the eighties.  I mean – look at the hair!  The clothes!  That music!  Everything about this movie from the Molly Ringwald poster in Sam’s bedroom to the MTV references just screams of the decade of decadence.  And of course it’s one of the movies that finds the two Coreys working together.

It’s also a very quotable movie.  There are several moments in this movie that Amanda and I quote out of the blue all the time.  We might not know it verbatim (like, say Clue or Monty Python and the Holy Grail) but we know it well enough.  Indeed I’d go so far as to say that Lost Boys is a kind of comfort food movie.  As such I can’t really offer an impartial review of any kind.  I mean: we own the soundtrack!

For those of you who haven’t seen the movie yet (really?) it’s all about Sam (Corey Haim) and his brother Michael (Jason Patric) move with their mother (Dianne Wiest – who is always ALWAYS the mother figure!) to Santa Carla – a small California coastal town that has a problem.  Michael falls in with the wrong crowd: the eponymous Lost Boys led by Kiefer Sutherland as David.  Luckily, Sam meets Edgar and Allen Frog (one of whom is Corey Feldman) – a pair of teens who work at a comic book store and envision themselves to be vampire hunters.  Hijinx ensue.

The movie has a great sense of humor about its own cheesiness.  It knows exactly what it is and revels in it.  Any movie that involves “death by stereo” doesn’t take itself too seriously.  Oh, and the best thing in the movie is Sam’s laconic taxidermist grandfather.  Believe me.

So long, Corey.  You will be missed.

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Movie 10 – The Lost Boys

The Lost Boys – March 10, 2010

Okay, so we were going to watch Russian Ark tonight, but in light of Corey Haim’s untimely death, we decided to watch The Lost Boys instead.

I tried to write a coherent review of this movie and it ended up being just several paragraphs of me going “Oh and I love this part and that part and there’s this fantastic line…” so that’s a clue right there to how much I love this movie. For one, it’s like a direct link right back to high school for me. High school and college and watching this with friends and quoting it from memory and laughing our asses off. It’s a great vampire action/comedy made all the greater for the 80s cheese factor.

Basic plot: The Emersons, Lucy and her sons Michael and Sam, move to Santa Carla, a beach town with a boardwalk full of freaks, geeks and miscreants, some of whom happen to also be vampires. The vampires claim Michael, luring him in with a vapid-but-pretty girl. Sam proceeds to try and save him from the vampires by hunting down the head, while their clueless mother is confused by all the trouble her boys seem to be getting into. And don’t get me wrong, it’s just as formulaic as it sounds. If you haven’t seen it, I doubt that description would entice you to. And yet it’s one of the most awesome movies ever. It’s hilarious at all the right moments and it’s got some great action too. The vampires are really pretty gruesome, and portrayed as actually threatening.

I adore the vampires, even if one of them was Bill in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and two of the others look like they belong in a hair band (one line in the movie actually references one of them as looking like Twisted Sister). David, the ostensible leader of the little pack of goons, is played by Keifer Sutherland and I admit, I totally had a thing for him in this movie when I was younger. Anyhow, the vampires are pretty much exactly what I want in a vampire movie from the 80s.

But the humor is what makes the movie. From the Frog brothers, Edgar and Allen, who are two young teen vampire hunters who think they’re Rambo, to Grandpa Emerson, who has the best line in the entire movie (the last line) and a handful of the others we quote most often. And we quote this movie all the damn time.

I love everything about this movie. I love the characters. I love the dialogue. I love the mostly-predictable plot. I love the vampires’ collapsed hotel hideout. I love the shampoo-with-glitter-in vampire blood “special” effect. I love battle against the vampires at the end, complete with exploding blood-filled pipes and deadly taxidermy. I love that Sam has a poster of Rob Lowe on his closet door that is straight out of Tiger Beat and I love the soundtrack. Should I mention I own the soundtrack to this movie? It’s really quite good. Really, the only thing I don’t love about this movie is the dinner with Max, which is a comedy of embarrassment type deal, and comedy of embarrassment makes me intensely uncomfortable. But it’s over quickly! And then there’s more fun!

Tomorrow night we’re going to go ahead and do Russian Ark, then do The Lost Boys: The Tribe on Friday. I’m not big on splitting up sequels and the like, but this wasn’t tonight’s original plan, so it’s cool.

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