The Lost Boys Special Edition DVD
Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. Its fun to be a vampire.
Running Time: 97 minutes
US Certificate: R UK Certificate: 12
Country: United States
Teen vampire flick The Lost Boys isnt exactly the scariest horror movie ever made. In fact, the ridiculously over-sized 80s hairstyles on show are probably more frightening than the teeth. Come to think of it, its not exactly the funniest comedy youre ever likely to come across either. But theres just something about its 50-50 mix of the two genres that just works fantastically well, creating a memorable nocturnal knees-up that manages to amount to much more than the sum of its parts.
The main focus of the film is the Emerson family. Mum (Diane Wiest) has just split up with her hubby so, along with her two sons Michael and Sam (Jason Patric and Corey Haim), she drives to the seaside town of Santa Carla to stay with Grandpa (Barnard Hughes, who you might also remember as the Gramps out of Blossom). One night, the fam are all out enjoying a nice evening of live soft rock power ballads (what a soundtrack this ones got, by the way), when Mikey spots himself a long-haired lovely by the name of Star (Jami Gertz). He follows her for a while, gets introduced to her pals (among them a bemulleted Kiefer Sutherland, in his breakthrough role) and, yadda yadda yadda, he becomes a vampire. And THAT, kiddy-winks, is why youre not supposed to wander off with strangers.
Despite its fairly conservative running time of just over an hour-and-a-half, theres loads going on in this film. Alongside Michaels delve into the world of transition vamp (not to be confused, of course, with that band Wendy James was in), theres a blossoming romance between Mum and creepy storekeeper Max (Edward Herrmann), a couple of brothers (Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander) who claim to be the local experts on bloodsucker-busting, and even a bit of space at the side for that bloke who played Bill in Bill & Ted (Alex Winter, who never really did as well as Keanu Reeves, did he?).
Its pure popcorn stuff, of course. Its not saying anything profound, and its certainly not trying to teach us anything but Hell, if youre after that sort of thing youre hardly likely to settle down with a Joel Schumacher movie anyway. What is it, though, is an extremely entertaining goth romp featuring some very black comedy, tongue-in-cheek performances all round, and just enough climactic gore to go out with a bang.
It's Got: An end-of-film bloodbath. Literally.
It Needs: Plenty of Holy water.
DVD Extras In celebration of this films undying (or should that be undead?) popularity, Warner Home Video have released this jam-packed 2-disc Special Edition. It features a directors commentary, deleted scenes, a retrospective documentary, a multiangle featurette on Coreys Haim and Feldman (or The Lost Coreys as I like to call them), four Inside the Vampires Cave features, and a behind-the-scenes butchers at the work of make-up master Greg Cannom. DVD Extras Rating: 8/10
Alternatives:Buffy the Vampire Slayer, From Dusk Till Dawn, John Carpenter's Vampires
This silly-but-enjoyable cult classic is really something to get your teeth into.