Retro Review: The Lost Boys (1987)

Retro Review

Wow, this makes me feel old, yep 29 years ago today the Lost Boys was released to the world.  That means next year it will be 30, yikes!  When I was a kid, I actually got to see this movie and for a vampire/horror film it did not bother me.  But by this time, I was 8, I was already a horror veteran.  The Lost Boys has made the Top 100 Horror Films of all-time 3 years running now, 2012 it was ranked 67, 2013 it was ranked 50 and 2014 it was ranked 30th, but it fell in 2015 over at my personal site, Rage of Rayzor, down to 56..  Needless to say, it is a favorite for me.

The Lost Boys is a vampire movie about two teens who movie with their mother to Santa Carla, California.  The oldest Michael, makes some new friends, they are vampires.  When his brother Sam suspects his Michael is a vampire, with the help from the Frog brothers, the find it is time to take down the leader of the brood, David.  Need I say more, I would assume of you who could be reading this have seen the Lost Boys.  If not, no time like the present.

This movie means a lot to me, before I every saw Dracula, I had the Lost Boys.  It is an 80s movie for sure, but it holds up.  There are two sequels, but they suffer from poor acting and poor story.  It would have been better to see the sequels happen soon, rather than 2008 and 2010.  They are not terrible, but for me hard to watch.  In the early 1990s there was supposed to be a sequel titled, the Lost Girls and Joel Schumacher tried throughout the 1990s to get the movie made.  Since he could not get the Lost Girls made, he ruined Batman.  I actually think this could be a good time to bring that movie to light and return to the older days of vampire movies.  I wouldn’t say no to a remake either or an update.  But the original is a good vampire movie, not like whatever is passing for vampire movies these days.  That could be why it still holds up.  The Lost Boys does go balls to the wall, especially in the scene where David takes Michael to the punk rock beach party.

There are so many things about this movie that I love.  It actually has a great story, the characters are all likable and there is a little plot twist at the end of the film, for those who have not seen the Lost Boys.  The music or the soundtrack is pretty great and so many memorable moments in this one.

So, join me and watch the Lost Boys and remember, just like the guy below…I still believe!



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Who am I? I am a widower now, father of two amazing children. I co-created the website, Nightfall Unlimited with a good friend of mine. Nightfall Unlimited was a great learning experience for me and I learned a lot from so many great people. I had the chance to dip my toes into blogging and even social networking. Now, we are here, the Horror Syndicate is nearly a year old and we are having fun! There is so much more about me. I hate this phrase, but I am an aspiring comic book writer. Problems with finding artists and getting published have held me back. Writing comics has been a dream for, well as long as I can remember. Now I am writing with a great team, Apogee Comics and hopefully we will make some noise in the same way Image comics did in the 1990s. One day, Rage of Rayzor and the Horror Syndicate will lead me to my dream. Support me, by sharing this site, liking and sharing posts, even following me on twitter would help @Rayzor_33. But you want to know about the horror…right? I have been watching horror films since I was 6 years old. The story, one Saturday night, my mom and I were watching movies and she fell asleep on the couch. We had the channel set on HBO and the movie we were watching ended and the next one, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. This was some time in 1986. I watched then entire film, I was sitting on the edge of my seat. When my mom woke, she asked me what just ended and I told her, “Freddy”. That was all I talked about for weeks and finally she broke down and rented more horror films for me. She rented, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre part 2, Re-Animator, Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives and Halloween II. I watched all and fell in love with horror films forever. When my little brother was 2, I was 10, so were talking 1990. He was introduced to Halloween and I made him believe Haddonfield, IL was a real place. We lived in Illinois at the time and this terrified him. After the intial shock, he grew older and more interested in horror films. When he was 8, we went to the local video store and made our way to the horror section. We started with Alien and worked our way through the alphabet of horror. That day we basically started our course in horror. Since then, I have built a nice horror film collection of my own and started a Facebook Horror Group, The Horror Movie Massacre. I wrote for Nightfall and Rage of Rayzor, realized there is a lot of horror content I wanted to put out. So, I drafted some fellow horror fans to make a site, run by fans, for fans and here we are. 5 Horror Films to Watch Inferno (1980) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) The Beyond (1981) Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives (1986) Horror of Dracula (1958)