How 'The Lost Boys' Affected My Life

How 'The Lost Boys' Affected My Life ...

When a film is released once in a lifetime, it can define an entire generation... or at least your group of friends. For me, The Lost Boys was a shock-boggling 35 years ago. The combination of Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Jason Patric, and four sexy vampires led by Kiefer Sutherland was an unexpected awakening.

The Lost Boys was never a problem for me, and as soon as I saw it, I hadn't seen anything like it. It's also true that Kiefer Sutherland's slick, slick presence carries over to the next obstacle. The second vampire attack, which is far above the victim's, is simply snatched, rather than the victim's. It's one of the cool things about this film that you don't know for sure that the people are vampires.

Sam (Haim) and Michael (Patric) arrive in Santa Carla with their recently divorced mother, Lucy (Dianne Wiest). As they approach the town's welcome sign, Michael notices the words "People Are Strange," played over scenes of one strange California beach town. I've seen it before, and my friends and I remember it well.

Sam and Michael are forced to live with Lucy's kooky father (Barnard Hughes), who, when asked if Santa Carla is really the world's murder capital, replies, "We'd have one heck of a population problem." While Michael meets up with David (Sutherland) and Co., who later turn out to be the world's coolest vampires.

The Frog Brothers get all their vampire information from an unlikely source, such as "Vampires Everywhere," which they give Sam upon their first meeting. They don't necessarily bite their victims on the neck for the time being, though. In one memorable scene, the vamps bite David's bald head like a juicy apple.

The vampires are shown in full-on vampire mode until about 40 minutes into the film, which is rare in vampire movies.

David tries to instill a new sense of humor into Michael, using some quite memorable imagery. "They're only noodles, Michael," he says of the woman who caught Michael's attention, Star (Jami Gertz). He says, "Yeah, sure." He downs it anyway. Peer pressure can be a bitching. And so, after drinking the blood, Michael is a half-vampire.

Michael begins to suspect that he's turning when he sleeps all day and cannot stomach milk. When Sam's dog Nynuk attacks Michael, he realizes that Michael is turning, and then Michael's reflection in the mirror is ghostly. "You're a vampire, Michael!" Sam exclaims, running away from his brother. (Told you I could quote it.)

Michael wakes up to find himself floating to the ceiling of his room, unable to control his flight, and then passes through Sam's window, causing him to appropriately freak out. According to the Frog Brothers, the best way for Sam to protect himself other than killing Michael is to wear a "garlic T-shirt."

The Frog Brothers and Sam's suspicions about Max set up one of the best scenes in the film, the dinner scene with Lucy, Max, Sam, and Edgar and Allen. They also give him garlic instead of Parmesan cheese, which he spoons into his spaghetti, and holy water as he passes by. Who knew? Not the Frog Brothers.

The vampires go to the cave the next day, believing that Max is not the head vampire, instead of in coffins. It's an unexpected sight, and one of the things that struck me as a kid is that they're hanging upside-down from the cave's roof.

The Frog Brothers and Sam buy wooden stakes, as well as holy water guns, a garlic and arrow bath, and a bow and arrow. From one of the vampires (Brook McCarter) who gets impaled by an elk antler in Grandpa's taxidermy workshop to another (Billy Wirth), these are all bloody funny (pun intended) ways for a vampire to die.

When I saw this movie, all of these details made a huge impact on me. From then on, I judge every vampire film against The Lost Boys. Of course, none of them can match the style, humor, humor, and general splendor that this film possesses.

It's 1980s cinema at its finest, not to be taken too seriously, but immensely enjoyable to say the least. It's a classic that's still enjoyable today, even with dated effects and dialogue. And, from Grandpa, one of the finest last lines of a film ever: "Living in Santa Carla I never could forget: all the damned vampires."