A and A's Movie A Day

Watching movies until we run out.

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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